Yale Welcomes Six Student-Athletes in Class of 2013

Group Brings Wide Variety of Experiences to New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale welcomes six incoming freshmen to the women's lacrosse roster this year, the first class recruited under Anne Phillips as Yale's Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The group brings a wide range of experiences on and off the field to New Haven. It includes a two-time all-county selection who helped create a recycling program at her high school; a two-time all-league selection who was also a member of her state's Olympic Development Team in soccer; an All-American who volunteered at a local hospital with recovering cancer patients; a two-time state champion whose father, brother and sister all played Division I sports; a two-time All-American who is also a two-time Academic All-American; and an all-league selection who volunteered at a camp for underprivileged children.

Here is a look at the Yale women's lacrosse Class of 2013:

 

Adrianna Amendola
5'6" • D Fr.
Manorville, N.Y.
High School: Eastport South Manor
Club Team: Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue Team

Before Yale: Team made playoffs all four years, advancing to county semifinals her junior and seniors seasons ... All-county in 2008 and 2009 ... All-county honorable mention in 2006 and 2007 ... Defensive MVP ... Three-year captain ... Won Long Island gold medal with New York Empire ... New York Team 1 for Schoolgirls at 2008 National Tournament ... All-Galaxy in 2008 and 2009 for Long Island Yellow Jackets ... Also played basketball and ran cross country in high school, captaining cross country team in her junior and senior years ... Unsung hero award in basketball.

Notes: Academic All-American in lacrosse in 2008 and 2009 ... Eastport South Manor Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete ... Scholar-athlete in basketball and cross country ... Academic all-county in basketball ... Citibank News 12 Scholar Athlete ... Nominated for Dellecave Award as top senior female student-athlete in Suffolk County ... New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Zone Award ... Helped create a Go Green recycling program at her high school ... President of Student Council ... Helped rewrite school constitution ... Peer tutor for three years ... Spanish Honor Society as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Chosen to be part of Congressman Tim Bishop's Student Advisory Board ... Volunteered with Special Olympics and at a local church... Also volunteers with her little sister's lacrosse team ... Played with Yale teammates Brittany De Lea and Devon Rhodes on Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue Team in 2009 ... High school rivals with Yale teammate Brittany De Lea.

Why Yale? "I can't think of any reason why I would not have chosen Yale. The opportunities here are endless and I'm going to be surrounded by others who love being here as much as I do and every one of them will make me a better person. The overall atmosphere is everything I could ever want; around campus and with the team."

 

Kristen Chapman
5'4" • M • Fr.
Belmont, Mass.
High School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
Club Team: Revolution Lacrosse Club 

Before Yale: Two-time all-league selection ... Three-time NEPSWLA all-star ... Team MVP ... Team captain ... Also played basketball and soccer ... All-state, three-time all league selection and two-time MVP in soccer ... Soccer captain ... Member of Massachusetts State Soccer Olympic Development Team for two years ... Won two state championships with her club soccer team, Stars.

Notes: Two-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American ... Won Nichols Prize for two years as outstanding scholar-athlete at BB&N ... Commended for high scholarship (Citation of Honor) for four years ... Played saxophone in school orchestra and jazz band ... Peer counselor for two years ... Played with Yale teammate Augusta Hixon at BB&N ... Father coached football at Dartmouth and Cornell.

Why Yale? "The opportunity to attend a great institution combined with playing in an outstanding league and competing for an Ivy League and national championship brought me to Yale. When I visited and experienced the coaches, the team, and the school, I knew that it was the school for me."

 

Brittany De Lea
5'8" • M • Fr.
Wading River, N.Y.
High School: Shoreham Wading River
Club Team: Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue Team

Before Yale: Under Armour All-America North team selection ... Won Long Island gold medal with New York Empire ... School Girls National Team ... All-Galaxy ... All-County ... All-league ... Unsung Hero ... New York State Individual Good Sportsmanship Award ... Captained lacrosse team ... Won state championships from 2007 to 2009, Long Island championships from 2006 to 2009 and county championships from 2005 to 2009 ... Played varsity soccer for five years and was team captain senior year ... Won county championship with soccer team ... Also played basketball ... Ran track as a senior and was named all-county ... Ran at Indoor Nationals in the 4xMile relay.

Notes: Member of National Society of High School Scholars ... Vice President of National Honor Society ... Two-time Academic All-American in lacrosse ... All-county academic in soccer and track ... Principal's Honor List ... Honor Roll ... AP Scholar with distinction ... AP Literature and Composition Award ... Played against Yale teammate Whitney Quackenbush in 2008 Long Island County Championship ... Played with Yale teammates Adrianna Amendola and Devon Rhodes on Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue Team in 2009 ... High school rivals with Adrianna Amendola ...  Danced for eight years ... Volunteered at local hospital with recovering cancer patients ... Family owns the oldest running sod farm company in the country.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it is a perfect fit for me both academically and athletically. There's nothing like being able to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the world while simultaneously having the privilege of representing the school on the lacrosse field."

 

Chloë Drimal
6'0" • D • Fr.
Darien, Conn.
High School: Darien
Club Team: CTLF

Before Yale: Won state championships at Darien from 2007 to 2009 ... Won FCIAC championships in 2007 and 2009 ... Swam freshman year, then played three years of volleyball, in addition to playing lacrosse.

Notes: Vice president of her class and head of all activities for her school ... Class representative for two years ... Received the Ralph M. Gibbs award and the Principal's Award ... On the executive board of town's teen center... Sister, Samantha, played tennis at Colgate ... Brother, Charles, played tennis at Dartmouth ... Father, Charles, played football at Maryland ... Enjoys scuba diving and traveling.

Why Yale? "I have always wanted a city school and Yale fit the mold perfectly with its beautiful campus and New Haven city life. It only makes it more special that I will have outstanding coaches that I know want to win...which is exactly what I want."

 

 

Devon Rhodes
6'0" • M/A • Fr.
E. Northport, N.Y.
High School: Northport
Club Team: Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue Team

Before Yale: U.S. Lacrosse All-American in 2008 and 2009 ... New York State Girls National Tournament Team #1 ... Won Long Island gold medal with New York Empire Team ... Newsday All-Long Island team in 2008 and 2009 ... Played five years of varsity lacrosse at Northport, captaining team senior year ... Led team to 21-1 record and undefeated Suffolk County championship her senior year ... Team was also Suffolk County champions in 2006 and 2008 ... Team MVP in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... All-Tournament team in 2007 and 2008 ... All-County in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... First team All-Galaxy in 2008 and 2009 ... Ranked fifth on Long Island in points with 131 (95 goals, 36 assists) in 2009 ... Broke school record for points in a game with 10 goals and three assists against West Babylon.

Notes: U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009 ... Member of National Honor Society ... Gerry Holland Scholarship Award Recipient ... Member of the World Language Honor Society ... Board of Education Award for Academic Excellence ... Presidential Award for Educational Excellence ... Played with Yale teammates Adrianna Amendola and Brittany De Lea on Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team ... Brother Christopher plays lacrosse for Lehigh.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for its incomparable academic reputation, and a chance to compete for a Division I Lacrosse Championship. The dedication Yale displayed to me during the recruiting process distinguished itself from other schools. I felt that the integrity and enthusiasm of the coaching staff and team was unparalleled."

 

 

Kelsea Smith
6'0" • M Fr.
Yardley, Pa.
High School: Lawrenceville 

Before Yale: Earned 10 varsity letters in four sports (field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and water polo) at Lawrenceville ... Earned Major L athletic award for earning 10 varsity letters ... Captained lacrosse, swimming and water polo teams as a senior ... Led lacrosse team in scoring as a junior and as a senior ... First team all-league and second team all-prep in lacrosse as a senior ... Won Ginny Chambers lacrosse award for sportsmanship and excellence of performance ... Lacrosse team was MAPL league champions her sophomore year ... Won state and league championships with field hockey team ... Earned Coach's Award with swimming and water polo teams her senior year.

Notes: Sister Seana played lacrosse at Lehigh and was team captain in 2008 ... Brother Conor plays soccer for Williams; captained team in 2008 and is captain again in 2009 ... Father, Rick, played soccer at William and Mary ... OVAL society member for earning more than 200 hours of community service ... Volunteered as camp counselor at the Lawrenceville School camp and Lawrenceville Allegro camp, both for underprivileged children ... Ropes course instructor ... School tour guide ... Day student representative for student government sophomore and junior years ... Enjoys snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing and scuba diving ... Dean's list or high honors every term at Lawrenceville.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the outstanding and challenging academic and athletic programs, and the balance between the two."

 

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity