Throughout its history, the Colorado women's soccer program has gained a good following.

That is, in part, because many of the top players come from in-state schools. Fran and Laura Munnelly, Nikki Marshall and Jessica Keller are among the biggest stars in the soccer program's history and all came from local schools.

CU's brand-new women's lacrosse program, which will begin play in 2014, hopes to follow suit.

"Colorado has great talent," said Ann Elliott, who was introduced as CU's head lacrosse coach on Monday. "It is emerging more and more every year. We're going to draw right from here. We would love to keep the talent from Colorado in Colorado."

That may not be too difficult. Three in-state recruits -- Cherry Creek's Tori Link, Regis' Maddy Krause and Mullen's Ella Stapp -- had already committed to the Buffs before Elliott was even hired. They can't officially sign until November.

"I've lived in Colorado my entire life and it's really exciting to be able to start a new program and make history," Krause said.

Krause and Stapp, who are cousins, attended Elliott's introduction on Monday. Both were asked if it would be easy for Elliott to recruit in state. Without hesitation, they simultaneously said, "Absolutely.


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Colorado annually produces several Division I players and there is already a lot of buzz about CU's program, Stapp said.

"Everyone is extremely excited," she said. "I think some girls who have committed previously are like, 'Shoot, I wish I would have waited a little.' There couldn't be any better place to go, at least for me personally."

Krause added that many players are eagerly awaiting CU camps and to get their first recruiting contact from Elliott.

While Elliott will target top in-state players, she will target other areas, as well. The east coast traditionally has the strongest prep programs, while the west coast and midwest are flourishing as well.

"We'll recruit from the traditional areas, we'll recruit from non-traditional areas," she said.