Group Includes Multiple All-Americans
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes 10 incoming freshmen to the roster, bringing in a talented group from traditional hotbeds and even reaching across the pond for one more. The Class of 2014 includes two All-American teammates from New York who won four state championships, a second team All-InterAC selection and an All-Area selection from Pennsylvania, a two-time All-American and an honorable mention All-American from New Jersey, a two time All-American and a Baltimore Messenger First Team All-Star from Maryland, a New York native who won Phillips Andover's Abbot athletic award, and a player from England who trained for the Under-19 World Cup.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
Wading River, N.Y.
High School: Under Armour All-American 2010 (North team) … US Lacrosse All-American 2010, honorable mention All-American 2009 … Newsday All-Long Island 2009, 2010 … All-county 2008-2010 … Team captain in 2010 … New York State Tournament MVP in 2010 … Led team in goals (70) and had 29 assists in 2010 … Led team in points (52 goals, 54 assists) in 2009 … Unsung Hero 2007 … Won New York State championship, Long Island championship and Suffolk county championship each year she played with Shoreham-Wading River … Teammates at SWR included current Yale teammates Brittany De Lea and Erin McMullan … New York Team 1 for School Girls at 2009 National Tournament … Also ran cross country for three years (all-league in 2006 and 2007) and played soccer for one year … Member of National Honor Society … Academic All-American in lacrosse in 2009 and 2010 … Academic All-League in soccer in 2009 … Long Island News 12 Scholar Athlete Award in 2010 … Presidential Volunteer Service Award in 2008 and 2009 … Principals List all four years.
Club team: All-Galaxy 2008 and 2009 for Long Island Yellow Jackets … Teammates with Yellow Jackets included current Yale teammate Erin McMullan.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offered me the best of all worlds. It provides the opportunity to study at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, as well as the ability to play lacrosse in the outstanding and challenging Ivy League."
The Episcopal Academy
High School: Captained lacrosse team … Second Team All-InterAC 2010 … Second Team All-Main Line 2009 … Honorable Mention All-InterAC 2008 … John A. Harter Award for most improved 2007-2009 … National Tournament for Upper Atlantic region 2008 and 2009 … Megan McFarland Prize 2010—"presented to the player, who in the opinion of her teammates and coaches, has been the greatest inspiration to the team by virtue of her positive attitude, enthusiasm, effort, dedication, leadership, performance in competition, in playing the game of lacrosse" … Team won four InterAC championships … Also played soccer, winning an InterAC championship senior year … Honorable mention All-Main Line in soccer as a freshman … Also won John A. Harter Award in soccer in 2007 and 2008 … InterAC "Elite" soccer team selection in 2006 … Captain of the indoor track team 2009-10 … Ran anchor leg of 4x200 relay, and also ran 60-meter dash … Awarded the Mind, Body, Spirit Prize in track 2009-2010 … Earned a total of 11 varsity letters … Earned tri-sport athlete award 2007-2010 … Received academic honors from 2006-2010 … Awarded Magna Cum Laude Scholar Award in Latin junior year and Cum Laude Scholar Award in Latin senior year … Recipient of Esse Quam Videri award for leadership in her graduating class.
Club team: Ultimate Goal Lacrosse.
Notes: Selected for National Tournament team sophomore and junior year for Philadelphia … Part of Olympic Development Program in soccer 2003-2006 … Played club soccer for FC Delco 2004-2006, winning Eastern Pennsylvania State Cup in 2004 … Head basketball coach for Special Olympics of Chester County.
Why Yale? How could I possibly resist? Everything at Yale, from the world-renowned academics and the close-knit community, to the chance of securing a National Championship title in lacrosse, seems like a dream come true. Simply put, I could not imagine myself anywhere else but Yale, where endless opportunities await me at every turn.
Wading River, N.Y.
High School: Honorable mention All-American 2010 … Team captain 2010 … New York State Tournament team 2010 … All-county 2010 … Academic All-American 2010 … All-division 2009 … Won New York State championship, Long Island championship and Suffolk county championship each year she played with Shoreham-Wading River … Teammates at SWR included current Yale teammates Brittany De Lea and Jen DeVito … 2009 Long Island School Girls Team #1 … Also played three years of varsity field hockey for Shoreham-Wading River … Was Newsday All-Long Island, All-County, team captain and Academic All-American in field hockey in 2009 … Also won Suffolk County Exceptional Senior Award in field hockey in 2009 … All-division in field hockey in 2008 … Field hockey team was Class B Suffolk County champions 2007-2009 … Principal's List member 2006-2010 … National Honor Society.
Club Team: Second team All-Galaxy 2009 and 2010 for Long Island Yellow Jackets … Won team's Geri Holland Award … Teammates with Yellow Jackets included current Yale teammate Jen DeVito.
Notes: 2008 and 2009 Presidential Bronze Award for Community Service (Volunteered 200+ hours at Stony Brook University Hospital, and trained younger lacrosse goal keepers) … Participated in Global Awareness Club and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
Why Yale? "I can't imagine why anyone would not choose Yale. It's a great school with an exceptional reputation. The opportunities are enormous, the college's history is impressive and the students are welcoming. I can't imagine a better fit for me. I am extremely honored to represent the college as a Yale Bulldog."
Villa Maria Academy
High School: All-area 2009-10 … Team made AACA league championships from 2007-10 and was undefeated league champions in 2008 … Also all-area in soccer 2007-2009 … Soccer team MVP in 2008 … Selected for Chester County Top Students 2010.
Club Team: SEPA
Notes: Brother, Bill, rowed to Ivy, Henley and National championships at Princeton … Sister Terry captained Lehigh field hockey team and swam … Sister Meggie was record-setting swimmer at Bucknell … Sister Allie plays lacrosse for Bucknell … Grandfathers competed in tennis at Penn and fencing at Cincinnati.
Why Yale? "Many colleges talk about academic and athletic excellence. But there is only one Yale. The great girls I met on our recruiting trip also made the decision easy."
High School: First Team All-American 2009 and 2010 … Academic All-American 2009 and 2010 … Three-time first team all-state … Daily Record Lacrosse Player of the Year 2010 … Inside Lacrosse Magazine "Senior to Watch" … Team MVP 2010 … Three-time first team all-county … Three time first-team all-conference … Two-time first team all-area … Led team in goals twice … Team was Group 2 state champions and Morris County tournament champions in 2008 and 2010 … Selected for National School Girls Tournament 2008 and 2009 … New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association 2010 Scholar Athlete … Won school's Scholar-Athlete Award and Tony Mack Sportsmanship Award … Selected Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar … Member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society … 2010 Kiwanis Club of the Chathams scholarship winner … Key Club member 2006-2010 (secretary 2008-2009, Vice President 2009-10) … Selected as Peers Adjusting With Support leader for 2008-09 and 2009-10 … Model U.N. club member … Pep club member … Math League participant.
Club Team: Metro Lacrosse Club
Notes: President, Operation Smile … Religious education teacher, Grade 1, at Corpus Christi Church 2006-2010 … Older sister, Lauren, plays lacrosse at Lehigh … Father, Quentin, played football at Virginia … Mother, Alicia, played on women's tennis team at East Stroudsburg.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it has the perfect combination of highly regarded academics and a promising athletic future. During the recruiting process I knew that Yale would be able to challenge me, making me a better student and athlete."
Roland Park Country School
High School: Team captain and Co-MVP 2010 … IAAM A-Conference All-Star 2010 ... Baltimore Messenger First Team All-Star 2010 ...Towson Times Second Team All-Star 2009 and 2010 ... US Lacrosse Academic All-American 2009 and 2010 ... Led team to No. 32 ranking in the nation by LaxPower as a senior ... Starter for field hockey for three years, captaining team as a junior and a senior ... Led field hockey team to semifinals senior year ... NFHCA Academic All-American in field hockey ... Earned school's Amanda Lee Norris Award for the top scholar-athlete ... Valedictorian ... Cum Laude Society ... George M. White Memorial Award for academic excellence and fine character 2010 ... Excellence in Science Award 2010 ... State of Maryland Scholastic Award 2010 ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar with distinction 2010 ... Maryland Distinguished Scholar finalist ... Harvard Book Award 2009 ... Women in Mathematics Award 2009 ... AP Scholar with honor 2009 ... Mu Alpha Theta math honors society ... Four-year honor roll ... Cum Laude Paper Winner 2008 ... Sang with a capella group Semiquavers ... Worked on Red and White school newspaper ... Sports editor for Quid Nunc school yearbook.
Club Team: 2008 Capitol Cup champions with Skywalkers.
Notes: Helped lead lacrosse team fundraiser that raised $1,200 for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, organization dedicated to helping pediatric brain tumor patients ... USA Futures Field Hockey Program 2008 ... Also played club field hockey ... Volunteered at bioinformatics/autism research lab at Kennedy Krieger Institute ... Math tutor ... Member of Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools ... Researcher in pediatric hematology lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine ... Brother Jack played lacrosse at the United States Air Force Academy ... Brother Andy plays lacrosse at Harvard.
Why Yale? "After setting foot on Yale's campus, I knew Yale was where I wanted to spend my college years. Yale has everything that I wanted for my collegiate experience: playing for a highly competitive Division I lacrosse team at an outstanding academic university. The opportunities at Yale in academics, in athletics, and in the community are endless. I also chose Yale because of the opportunity to join the program that Coach Phillips and her coaching staff are creating. She has such high goals for the program and I knew I wanted to be a part of something that will do great things very soon."
Oak Knoll School
High School: Honorable mention All-American 2010 … Academic All-American 2009 and 2010 … First team all-state 2010 … First team All-Union County 2009 and 2010 … First team all-prep 2010 … Captained team as a senior … Inside Lacrosse Rising Senior watch list 2009 … Inside Lacrosse Top 25 Young Guns Rising Juniors 2008 … Team was Group 1 State Champions in 2010 … Team won four conference championships while she was there … Team was Prep Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2009 … Team won Union County Tournament in 2008 … Played four years of soccer and captained team as a senior … Ran winter track for two years … Oak Knoll Athlete of the Year 2010.
Club Team: First team All-Galaxy 2010 for Metro Lacrosse.
Notes: Played on New Jersey team at Under Armour Underclassmen Games 2008 … Part of Operation Smile, which helps fix cleft lips and palates for those who cannot afford surgery … Traveled to Guwahati, India with Operation Smile in February 2010 on a Super Mission and helped with 900 surgeries … Has volunteered with Special Olympics since 2007 … Tutored for Elizabethport Tutoring for underprivileged students 2008-2010.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because the academic and the athletic atmosphere are challenging, and I felt comfortable with the coaches and the lacrosse program here at Yale."
New York, N.Y.
Phillips Andover Academy
High School: Earned Abbot Athletic Award, given annually to a female who has excelled in varsity sports and whose loyalty and good sportsmanship exemplify the highest ideals of Andover athletics … Co-captain of the soccer team as a senior … Soccer team was NEPSAC champions in 2007 and 2009 … Also played ice hockey … Earned Sumner Smith Ice Hockey Award, given to a hockey player in good scholastic standing who has contributed the most to the sport and the school through sportsmanship, endeavor and ability … Participated in ARC Community Service for three years at Andover, spending time with mentally handicapped people … Tutored younger Andover students in French … Was elected a student representative for the Andover Disciplinary Committee.
Club Team: Granite State Elite
Notes: Volunteered with mentally ill patients at the Fountain House organization in summer of 2009 … Brother Stephen Sherrill, Jr. is a 2009 Yale graduate … Father, Stephen Sherrill '75, played golf, lacrosse and squash at Yale … Brother Will Sherrill plays basketball at Virginia … Mother, Kitty Sherrill, is a 1979 Harvard graduate.
Why Yale? "As soon as I stepped onto the campus, I loved Yale. I sensed a great balance between the opportunities Yale has academically and athletically. I cannot wait to play for the outstanding coaches, who I know will push me to become a better lacrosse player as well as motivate me to grow as a person."
The Park School of Baltimore
High School: U.S. Lacrosse All-American 2009 and 2010 … Under Armour All-American 2010 … U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American 2010 … Participated in 2010 U.S. Lacrosse/Champion/ESPN Rise High School Showcase … Named to Inside Lacrosse 25 Rising Seniors to Watch list … IAAM B Conference All Star 2008-2010 … Captained team in 2010 … Averaged more than 60 points per season … Team played in three title games and won back-to-back IAAM B Conference championships in 2009 and 2010 … Featured in Baltimore Sun April 2010 … Featured in Baltimore Messenger July 2009 … Captained soccer team in 2009 and 2010 … Captained basketball team in 2009 ... IAAM C Conference Basketball All Star 2010 … Basketball team was IAAM C Conference finalists 2008-2010 … Earned a total of 12 varsity letters … Won Park School's C. Markland Kelley Athletic Service Award in 2010 … Co-founder and leader of Park School-Midtown Edmondson/Lockerman Bundy Project creating a multi-year partnership between independent and public schools and communities … Park School Habitat for Humanity Leader … Leader of Park School Mentors program … Member of Park School Alumni Council … Helped organize and conduct Park School "Lax for Haiti" Tournament that raised nearly $5000 for Haitian earthquake relief.
Club Team: TLC 2010 Red … Team was Top of the Bay A Division champions and Capitol Cup A Division champions in 2008 … Team was Mid Atlantic Challenge A Division champions and National Draw Junior Varsity Division champions in 2007.
Notes: Mother and father are Columbia graduates (Barnard; School of Engineering) … Father played football for Columbia.
Why Yale? "At Yale I know I'll have the best opportunity to be a true student-athlete, with constant challenges on the field and off. It's got a diverse student body, a unique sense of community, and a beautiful campus. I couldn't ask for a better school to attend."
Sabine van der Linden
High School: Has played for Putney Club for the past five years … Putney finished first in the Clubs and Colleges tournament in 2010 … Captained team as a senior … Team was among the top 10 schools in the country in lacrosse for each of her last two years … Appointed a Prefect.
Notes: Was in England Training for U-19 World Cup for the past five years … Played for Senior Holland Team in Senior World Cup in Prague in 2009 … Has played for South of England for one year … Played U-15 Surrey County lacrosse for two years, then moved into U18 Surrey County lacrosse for two years … Has played the violin for 12 years … Earned Community Sports Leader Award … Volunteered for Greenhouse, a sport-based charity to help underprivileged children … Played netball for five years … Captained netball team in 2008 … Netball team finished fifth in the country in 2010 … Uncle played football at Colgate … Mother played tennis at Williams … Cousin plays tennis at Colgate.
Why Yale? "Yale was the perfect blend of athleticism and academics. The coaches and team were all wonderful and inspiring, as well as serious about the lacrosse at Yale, which just made a perfect college all the more appealing."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity