Class of 2016 Looks to Make Instant Impact

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Class Includes Five Midfielders, Four Defenders and One Attacker

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes 10 freshmen to the roster for the 2013 season, which starts Feb. 23 at Holy Cross. The Class of 2016, which includes five midfielders, four defenders and an attacker, represents five different states.

The newcomers bring an impressive list of accomplishments both on and off the field to New Haven. The group includes a player from the No. 3 ranked team in the country who performed more than 100 hours of community service through various Catholic charities (Flannery Carney), an Academic All-American who set her school career record for points despite missing a year and a half to injury (Nicole Daniggelis), a member of the National Honor Society who was also All-Mainline (Britta Hjelm), a two-time Academic All-American who finished her career ranked No. 5 on the all-time national high school assist list (AnnaElise Morello), a class president who helped her team to a pair of state championships (Maggie Moriarty), a two-time Academic All-American in two sports who helped raise $100,000 for breast cancer research (Courtney Reilly), a Wendy's High School Heisman state finalist who founded the "Splashes of Hope Club" which paints uplifting murals for pediatric cancer centers at hospitals across the United States (Kelly Anne Sherlock), an all-league selection who worked with the Invisible Children Foundation to help child soldiers in Uganda (Tori Virtue), a first team US Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American who helped her club team win 12 tournament championships (Lauren Wackerle) and an Academic All-American who was ranked the No. 11 best defender nationally by ESPN Rise (Kate Walker).

The 10 additions bring Yale's roster up to 29 for 2013, the Bulldogs' fifth season under Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs lost two players from last year's team to graduation.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Flannery Carney
Baltimore, Md.
Maryvale Prep
ROME, Baltimore Metro All Star Team - 2011

High School: Varsity lacrosse all four years … Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A-Conference All Star … US Lacrosse Academic All-American 2011 and 2012 … 2012 Baltimore Sun Player to Watch … Named team's top defender as a senior … Helped lead Maryvale to IAAM "A" Conference championships, where team finished as runner-up … Team finished season ranked No. 3 nationally … Also played varsity and junior varsity basketball, varsity and junior varsity field hockey.

Notes: Graduated Maryvale with 112 community service hours through various Catholic charities in Baltimore.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I found that it was truly the perfect school for me to compete at the highest level academically in the classroom and athletically on the field."


Nicole Daniggelis
St. James, N.Y.
Smithtown East
Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue

High School: Holds school record for most points with 277 (190 goals, 87 assists) even after missing half of sophomore year and all of junior year to injury … Holds school record for most points in a game with 17 (eight goals, nine assists) … Captained team as a junior and senior … Five-year varsity starter … Academic All-American, second team All-Long Island and Team MVP as a senior … Tied for most points on Long Island (118) in regular season as a senior … Led Suffolk County in goal scoring (76) in regular season as a senior … All-county as a freshman … Honorable mention all-county while in eighth grade … Also played tennis, captaining team as a junior and senior … Six-year varsity starter and five-time team MVP in tennis … All-New York State in tennis as a senior, sophomore and freshman … Suffolk County player of the year, singles champion and Scholar Athlete Scholarship recipient as a senior … Missed junior year of tennis due to injury … All-county in tennis in seventh and eighth grades … Finalist for Dellecave Award as top female athlete in Suffolk County.

Club teams: Played with Yale teammate Kelly Anne Sherlock on Long Island Yellow Jackets Blue team … Won National Draw tournament with club team, summer 2012 … Made Long Island first team for Schoolgirls tournament as a freshman.

Notes: National Honor Society … English Honor society … Math Honor Society … Spanish Honor Society … Participated in school's Athletes Helping Athletes program … Volunteer and coach for Smithtown youth lacrosse programs … Part of music program throughout high school and played the flute.

Why Yale? "Right when I stepped on campus I knew Yale was the place for me. Yale gives me the opportunity to study at one of the world's most prestigious universities along with the challenge of competing at the Division I level.  The coaching staff and team were all so welcoming and I wanted to be a part of a program that is on the rise and ready to compete for an Ivy League Championship."


Britta Hjelm
Devon, Pa.
Phantastix Club Lacrosse Team

High School: Played four years of varsity lacrosse and captained team senior year … Attack MVP 2010 and 2011 … First team All-Central League … First team All-Mainline … Reached 100 goals junior year … Also captained field hockey team senior year … Attack MVP for field hockey … Field hockey team won Central League championship in 2011 … Was on varsity winter track team for three years, earning team award.

Notes: National Honor Society … Brother Nik attended Colgate, now attends Thomas Jefferson Medical School … Brother Max played lacrosse at Haverford … Sister Kerstin plays lacrosse at Washington and Lee … Also has a younger brother, Kent … Mother attended Duke.

Why Yale? "It was before even visiting Yale's campus that I knew I was going to come here. Summer of my junior year I came to Yale's lacrosse camp and after meeting Coach Phillips and all of the girls on the team I just knew this was the place for me. Then, visiting the campus and learning more about the school there was no way I could go to any other school besides Yale. Yale is unlike any other school in the world and I am so, so grateful to be able to have such a rare opportunity."


AnnaElise Morello
Glen Mills, Pa.
Garnet Valley
Brandywine Majors 2012 Select Team 

High School: Finished No. 5 nationally for assists in a high school career (274) … Finished No. 16 nationally for points in a high school career (442) … Captain of lacrosse team as a senior … Led nation in assists in 2012 (100); No. 2 in 2011 (108) … No. 5 in nation in points in 2012 (165); No. 4 in 2011 (170) …  First team US Lacrosse All American 2012 … US Lacrosse Academic All American 2012 and 2011 … Member of 2012 National HS Tournament Team Sr. Games representing the Upper Atlantic Region … Philadelphia High School National Tournament Team 2011 … Selected to play on Champion US Lacrosse All-America Team 2012 … Philadelphia Underclassmen Under Armour All-America Team 2011 … Inducted in PA Sports Hall of Fame - Delaware County Outstanding Scholar Athlete of the Year (Lacrosse) 2012 …Captained team to PIAA Girls State Championship in 2012 … Team also won state championship, and was PIAA District I Silver Medalist, in 2011 … Four-year varsity letter winner, three-year Garnet Valley High School Scholar Athlete … Selected to Girls All-Star Attack Team 2012 and 2011 … Second team All-Southeastern PA 2012; honorable mention 2011 … First Team PA All-Central Team 2012; second team 2011; honorable mention 2010 … First Team PA All-Delaware County Team 2012; second team 2011, honorable mention 2010 … Varsity field hockey team 2008, 2009 and 2010 (sidelined with injury senior year) … Outstanding Mid-field Player for field hockey team 2008,2009 and 2010 ... Field hockey Team MVP 2010.

Notes: Winner of the Sharon Bitzer Schreiber Memorial Scholarship 2012 … Recipient of The Concord Township Rotary Book Scholarship 2012 …The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers  2012 Silver Key Award Winner (Univ. of Pennsylvania) … Treasurer of National Honor Society … Treasurer of  Tri-M National Music Honor Society … Treasurer of National Honor Society of Foreign Languages (Spanish) … Student Council officer … Played club field hockey for Horizon Field Hockey Club ... Competed on Festival Team in field hockey 2009, 2010 … Disney Bronze Medalist in field hockey 2011 … NIT Qualifier in field hockey 2009, 2010 … Trained with USA Field Hockey Futures Program.

Why Yale? "Yale is one of the finest institutions in the academic world. Its reputation is worldwide and the networking community that will be available to me upon graduation is one not to be compared with any other. I am looking forward to playing for Coach Phillips. Her work ethic, drive and passion are incredible and she exemplifies Yale's commitment to excellence in everything."



Maggie Moriarty
Glen Ridge, N.J.
Glen Ridge
Metro Lacrosse

High School: Captained basketball, field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior … Played four years of varsity lacrosse … Member of U19 North NJ schoolgirls team 2011 … First team All-Super Essex Conference 2011 and 2012 … First team All-Essex County 2011 and 2012 …  First team All-NJIGLL Stars and Stripes 2011 and 2012 … Academic All-American 2011 and 2012 … Led team in draw controls … Team won Essex County Championship in 2010 and 2012 … Team was North Group 1 Sectional Champions 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Team was Group 1 State Champions 2011 and 2012 … Team was NJIGLL Stars and Stripes North Division champions 2012 … Team was Super Essex Conference champions 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Played three years of varsity basketball … Led basketball team in rebounds … Earned basketball team's defensive player award … Honorable mention All-Essex County in basketball … Started all four years on varsity field hockey team … Received four-year varsity athlete Rotary award.

Notes: Class president … Member of Spanish honor society … High honor roll all four years.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its dedication to excellence both on and off the field.  I knew my coaches, peers, and professors would create endless opportunities for me to excel at the highest level."


Courtney Reilly
Manhasset, N.Y.
Liberty Lacrosse

High School: Played field hockey and lacrosse ... Teammates with current Yale teammates Cathryn Avallone and Kerri Fleishhacker ... Academic All-American in field hockey and lacrosse as a junior and a senior ... Honorable Mention All-County in lacrosse as a senior ... Nassau County Unsung Hero Award in field hockey senior year ... County Co-Champions in lacrosse 2012 ... County Champions in field hockey 2011 ... 2012 Sports Award at graduation for athletic ability and performance. 

Club Team: Played for Liberty Lacrosse - 2012 Black Team

Notes: Four-year member of the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer, helped raise $100,000 for breast cancer research and awareness throughout the four years ... Father, Brian, attended Yale College and Yale Law School and was captain of nationally ranked 1985 Yale men's lacrosse team ... Mother, Jeannette, attended Ivy League rival Penn.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the endless and outstanding opportunities the university has to offer academically, athletically, and within the community. I knew that, at Yale, I would be constantly challenged by my peers both inside the classroom and on the field." 


Kelly Anne Sherlock
Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.
Cold Spring Harbor
LI Yellow Jackets Lacrosse

High School: Captained lacrosse, winter track and soccer as a senior … Captain winter track as a junior … All-County and Academic All-American in Lacrosse … US Lacrosse School Girls National Tournament LI Metro team No. 1 and No. 2 … NYS Empire Team Alternate… All-county in winter track in 4x400m and all-conference in 1000m … Nassau County Senior Scholar Athlete in soccer; team was state semi-finalist … Scholar-Athlete each year for all sports… National Association of Independent Athletic Administrators (NAIAA) Scholarship Award … Positive Coaching Alliance Tri-State Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship Award … Wendy's H.S. Heisman State Finalist/School Winner … News 12/Capital One Bank Scholar-Athlete Scholarship … Long Island Metro Lacrosse All Around Player of the Year Scholarship … Town of Huntington Scholar Athlete Award … US Marines Distinguished Athlete Award … Cold Spring Harbor Booster Club Senior Female Scholarship … Cold Spring Harbor Hall of Fame Lacrosse and Winter Track.

Club Team: LI Yellow Jackets 2012 Blue team … Played with Yale teammate Nicole Daniggelis.

Notes: Nassau County Outstanding Achievement Award … School representative to Suffolk County School Superintendents Valedictorians Luncheon … Debate team captain and state finalist … VP National Honor Society … Cold Spring Harbor Executive Board Treasurer … Spanish National Honor Society. … National Merit Commended Student … National AP Scholar with Distinction … Cold Spring Harbor Art Club President and founder of "Splashes of Hope Club" which paints uplifting murals for pediatric cancer centers at hospitals across the U.S. … Father, Robert captained the Harvard men's lacrosse team … Brother, Justin, is co-captain and president of the Harvard men's club lacrosse team … Uncle David ran track for Purdue … Uncle John played football and lacrosse for Hofstra.

Why Yale: "The first time I stepped on the campus at Yale I immediately knew it was a perfect fit. Yale has dynamic and friendly people – thought leaders among the faculty and high-achieving, competitive students. Yale is known not only for its academic rigor, but also its athletic excellence, combining talented players with passionate coaches. I chose Yale because it perfectly combined all of the college opportunities I dreamed of as a student -athlete."


Tori Virtue
Rye, N.Y.
Rye High School
CTLF (Connecticut Lacrosse Futures)

High School: Captained varsity field hockey, lacrosse and track and field teams … All-league, all-section in lacrosse … Team competed in the NY state semi-finals her senior year … Academic All-American … Golden Dozen Award (for athletics, academics and service) … Con-Edison Scholar-Athlete Award … Recipient of Irwin "Red" Klein Scholarship.

Notes: In high school, worked with the Invisible Children Foundation to help child soldiers in Uganda … Interested in photography and tutoring … Father played and coached at Boston College … Sister is currently enrolled in the graduate nursing school at Columbia.

Why Yale? "As a walk-on athlete, academics were a clear priority in my college decision. At Yale, I found the perfect combination of leading academics and strong athletics that accompany the beautiful campus and friendly student body. The possibility of being able to play on such an incredible lacrosse team with a great group of girls was also a huge driving factor behind my decision."



Lauren Wackerle
Arlington, Va.
The Potomac School
M&D 2012 Black

High school: Four-year varsity player for lacrosse and field hockey, captain of both teams … US Lacrosse first team All-American, Academic All-American … HS National Team-DC Metro 1, and All-American Showcase Team … First Team All-State, All ISL, All-Met (HM) … Among leading scorers in DC Metro region with 84 goals senior year … Virginia D-1 State Lacrosse Championship (VISLA) runner-up 2009, semi-finalist 2010 … AP Scholar … Commended National Merit Scholar … Field Hockey National Academic Squad.

Club team: Contributed to 12 tournament championships during four years with M&D 2012 Black Club Lacrosse, including The National Draw, Mid-Atlantic, Club National, Galaxy and Maryland Club Championships.

Notes: Arlington Youth Philanthropy Board Officer … Head coach, McLean Youth Lacrosse Team … Potomac School Delegate & President, Princeton Model Congress … Georgetown University Hospital Intern …Saxophone, bassoon in concert band … Alternative House Outreach Tutor … Older brother, Doug, is a senior at Duke.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the opportunity to play lacrosse with fantastic teammates and coaches at one of the world's most prestigious universities."


Kate Walker
Baltimore, Md.
The Bryn Mawr School

High School: Three years of varsity lacrosse … Academic All American 2012 … Under Armour Underclassmen All-Star 2011 … Scholar Athlete Award 2008-2012 … Ranked No. 11 best defender nationally by ESPN Rise … ESPNHS Girls Top 25 Defense (No. 11) … ESPNHS Girls Top 100 Class of 2012 (No. 51) … Team finished season ranked in top 10 nationally by Lax Power … Also played four years of varsity volleyball … One year of varsity swimming.

Notes: Participated in an Athletic Outreach Program at an inner city school in Baltimore teaching elementary school girls to play lacrosse … Participated in community service at the Maryland Food Bank … Member of high school's Princeton Model Congress … Page editor of high school newspaper … Father, Chris Walker, played lacrosse at UNC where he was a three-time All-American, team captain, and member of the 1986 National Champion team … Cousin James Ahern played basketball for Yale … Uncle Jay played lacrosse at Towson University … Uncle Rob played lacrosse at Stony Brook University … Grandfather Robert played basketball at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offers to its student-athletes both a first-class education and the opportunity to play as a varsity athlete in one of the most competitive conferences in the country. Here I will be able to make tremendous strides as a student and an athlete and I couldn't think of a better or more important way to spend the next four years."


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity

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