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Haas, Leech-McDonald sign for ASU water polo


November 12, 2008

The Arizona State University water polo program has received two National Letters of Intent, as Shannon Haas and Morgan Leech-McDonald have signed with the Sun Devils, head coach Todd Clapper announced Wednesday. Currently seniors in high school, the two will join the team for the 2010 season.

Haas, of Murrietta, Calif., is a center for Vista Murrietta High School. She led the Southwestern League with 145 goals scored last season, and she has compiled a total of 304 goals in three seasons with the Broncos. Haas participated in the 2008 Speedo Top 40 National Team Festival, which features the top national team members at all levels, and she was a member of the 2008 USA Junior National Team that competed at the Global Championship Tournaments. She was also a member of the 2008 Junior Olympic Championship Team (CHAWP Club), and she was named a Junior Olympic All-American.

"Shannon is one of the top high school players in the nation," Clapper said. "The impact that she will make on the Sun Devil program will be immediate. She has the talent, drive and dedication to reach the highest level in this sport. She will be a great addition in and out of the pool, and I am very excited to have Shannon as part of this class."

Leech-McDonald, a native of Menlo Park, Calif., is an attacker for Menlo-Atherton High School. In 2007, she was named First-Team All-CIF Central Coast Section and she helped Menlo-Atherton win its first ever PAL Bay Division title and Central Coast Section championship. She has scored 28 goals in 26 games so far this season, and she was recently named First-Team All-League in the PAL. She participated in the 2007 and 2008 Junior Olympics with her club team, NorCal Water Polo, and she was a member of the 2008 USWP Pacific Zone Junior National Team. Also, she was Second-Team All-PAL Bay Division in swimming in 2008.

"Morgan is a fast and tough attacker who will bring a very intense and hard-working presence to the pool next fall," Clapper said. "She has demonstrated her ability to help lead her team to a CIF-CCS championship, and she has been an impact player on her club team as well. Morgan is another member of this class who will make an immediate impact, but she also has the talent and drive to develop into an outstanding player for us in the future. We are very excited to have her joining the program in the fall."