October 23, 2013

Class of 2017 Looks to Make Immediate Contributions

Group of 10 Added to Roster

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Looking to continue the momentum of last season, when the Bulldogs posted their best win total in five years, the Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes 10 freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season. The Class of 2017 represents seven different states. The group is composed of three attackers, three defenders, three midfielders and one midfielder/defender.

The newcomers bring an impressive list of accomplishments both on and off the field to New Haven. The group includes an Under Armour Underclass All-Star who is interested in service trips to third world countries, a New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse Association All Star who has been involved in raising money for cancer treatment and research for five years, a back-to-back Fairfield Athletic Association champion who spent the past two summers interning at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, a first team All-Long Island selection who volunteered at an animal shelter, an Under Armour All-American who spent the past two summers interning at Estee Lauder, an honorable mention All-American who is the first person in her family to attend an American university, a two-time Academic All-American who has made two service trips to South Africa, a back-to-back state champion who also earned Academic All-American honors, an All-American who co-founded an Equestrian Service Club that provides activities and therapies for the emotionally, mentally and physically challenged, and a tri-varsity captain who was an Academic All-American. 

This will be the Bulldogs' sixth season with Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Yale lost two players from last year's team to graduation. Last season the team continued to show progress, scoring 32 more goals than the previous season (a 23 percent increase) while cutting its shots allowed by 32 and posting its lowest goals-allowed total since 2010.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

 

Marisa Cresham
#21
5-5
Freshman
Midfield/Defense
Rockville, Md.
Wootton High School
Capital Lacrosse Blue

High School: Captained lacrosse team in 2012 and 2013 … Team MVP 2011, 2012 and 2013 … First team all-county 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Honorable mention All-Met 2013 … Four-time Coaches All-Division (first team in 2011, 2012 and 2013; second team in 2010) … Honorable mention all-county 2010 … Four-year starter … Led team in goals, assists, ground balls and draw controls 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Team was division champions 2013 … Selected for 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-Star team representing the Washington, D.C., region … Selected for  2011 and 2012 (first team) Women's Division National Tournament (Schoolgirls' Division) representing the DC Metro Mid-Atlantic sub-region … Selected as Best Team Player at the Yale Elite camp (summer 2011) and for all-star teams at Stanford University camp (summer of 2011), University of Maryland Maximum Exposure camp (summer 2010) and UNC-Chapel Hill Elite camp (winter 2010) … Was also on basketball, golf and indoor track teams in high school …. First team all-state in golf 2009, 2010 … First team all-county in golf 2010 … Honorable mention all-county in golf 2009, 2011 … Three-year starter in golf … Qualified for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Maryland State High School 4A/3A golf tournaments (in 2010, finished in 11th place with 18-hole scores of 83-82); second- and third-place finishes in the 2010 and 2011 County Championships.

Club team: 2011 All American Showcase - Senior A Division Champions … 2011 Lax for the Cure Tournament Champions … 2010 Club National Championship – Division Champions … 2010 President's Cup – Division Champions.

Notes: Profiled on Gazette.net … Extremely interested in service trips to third world countries … Hopes to go abroad in summer of 2014 to Africa … Loves ceramics and used to play piano … Relative William Condrell graduated from Yale in 1946 … Brother, Michael, played football at Tufts.

Why Yale? "Yale is a perfect fit academically and athletically. There is a friendly, yet competitive aspect within the community that will challenge me to become a better student, athlete and overall person."

 

Hope Hanley
#16
5-7
Freshman
Attack
Dover, Mass.
Loomis Chaffee/Noble and Greenough
Mass Elite Lacrosse

Post-graduate (Loomis Chaffee): Led team in scoring … Scored 68 goals and 25 assists … 2013 New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse Association All-Star.

High School (Noble and Greenough): Four-year varsity starter … Team captain 2012 … Team won Independent School League in 2009 and 2011 …Named team MVP in 2012 and rookie of the year in 2009 … Set school record as all-time leading scorer with 220 goals and 69 assists … First team U.S. Lacrosse All-American 2012 and honorable mention All-American 2010 … Selected to play in Champion All-American Showcase in 2011 on championship team, Spirit … Member of Lower New England Team 1 at the Women's National Tournament in 2011 and 2010 … Member of ELNE Team 2 in 2009 … Under Armour All-American 2010 … Independent School League All-Star 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Boston Globe all-star 2010, 2011 and 2012 … New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse All-Star 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Awarded Noble and Greenough's 2012 Edward L. Bond Memorial Prize.

Notes: Has been involved in raising money for cancer treatment and research through the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) for past five years … For a senior project, worked in the special education department of a local middle school … Volunteered in Louisiana and Mississippi rebuilding homes following Hurricane Katrina … Father is an Ivy Leaguer; played baseball and football at Columbia ... Father was a member of the first class of the Yale School of Management ... Older sister, Hollis, graduated from Cornell in 2013 … Cousins played soccer at Harvard … Played with Yale teammate Sophie Mussafer at Noble and Greenough.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for its strong academics and the chance to play in the Ivy League. I know at Yale I will be challenged by the best to be the best student and athlete that I can be."

 

Lexi Henkel
#36
5-11
Freshman
Attack
Greenwich, Conn.
Greenwich Academy
Connecticut Chargers

High school: Three-year starter for lacrosse team … Team went 33-3 in 2012-13 … Finished career with 121 goals and 58 assists, missing last five games of senior year with injury …  Wyman Award for Excellence in Lacrosse (contribution to Greenwich Academy lacrosse) 2013 … Greenwich Academy Athletic Department Award 2013 … FAA All League 2011, 2012, 2013 … FAA Scholar Athlete Award 2013 … New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse Association (NEPSWLA) All Star 2011, 2013 … US Lacrosse Academic All-American 2013 … Team was 2012 and 2013 FAA League Champions … Western New England Prep School Champions 2012 … Also spent four years on ice hockey team and one year each on cross country and field hockey teams … Founder of Greenwich Academy's Spanish Club and foreign language magazine, "The Linguist" … Organized fundraiser in which funds from churro/empanada sales were sent to Latin American countries … Founding member of Greenwich Academy's STEM Group (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) … Earned recognition as a Global Scholar (2013) at Greenwich Academy by completing the program throughout high school … Greenwich Academy Ambassador & Peer Leader … Graduated cum laude from … Received Greenwich Academy Faculty Award ("Presented to a senior who has demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in her time at the school, exemplifying the joyful learning and creative, independent thinking prized by Greenwich Academy's teachers") … Received Elizabeth Mims Couch Award ("For an inquiring mind and scholarly interest and achievement in mathematics and science") as a senior ... National AP Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction.

Notes: Spent 2011 and 2012 summers interning at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York ... Very interested in foreign languages and cultures … Has volunteered at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich after school, tutoring and playing games with underprivileged children … Father, Peter, is a member of Yale's Class of 1986 and played on baseball team … Mother, Eleni, is a member of Dartmouth's Class of 1985 … Brother, Matt, is a member of Dartmouth's Class of 2015 and played on baseball team.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its combination of academic and athletic excellence as well as its sense of community. I knew that, at Yale, I would be surrounded by other students who are genuinely interested in learning and competing at the highest level and who constantly challenge themselves to improve in the classroom and on the field."

 

 

Emily Markham 
#22
5-10
Freshman
Defense
Manhasset, N.Y.
Manhasset
Long Island Liberty Lacrosse

High school: All county, first team all-Long Island as a senior … Honorable mention all-county, Academic All-American as a junior… Team was Class B county champions, Class B Long Island champions, State finalists and Founders Cup recipients (best team in Nassau county) her senior year … Also was on basketball, indoor track and soccer teams.

Notes: Played with Yale teammates Cathryn Avallone, Kerri Fleishhacker and Courtney Reilly at Manhasset … Sister, Meg Markham, is a junior defender on Penn lacrosse team … Enjoys heading upstate to house in the Catskills with friends and family … Enjoys playing in pickup games of basketball and soccer … Volunteered at an animal shelter, North Shore Animal League, in Port Washington. 

Why Yale? "I knew Yale was a place where I would be challenged both academically and athletically at the highest level. Yale was my dream school since I first stepped on campus therefore it didn't have much competition and the choice was easy."

 

Tess McEvoy
#11
5-5
Freshman
Midfield
Bethesda, Md.
Georgetown Visitation
Capital Lacrosse 

High school: Captained lacrosse team senior year … Under Armour All-American 2013 … All-ISL 2011, 2012, 2013 … First team All Met 2012 and 2013 … US Lacrosse first team All-American 2012 and 2013 … Visitation Offensive MVP 2012 and 2013 … Team was ranked No. 4 in country in 2013 … Team won 2012 ISL championship … ESPNHS Player of the Week Apr. 13, 2012 … Also played field hockey, captaining team in 2011 and 2012 … All-ISL 2011 and 2012 in field hockey … Coaches award 2013 in field hockey … Inducted into Georgetown Visitation Athletic Hall of Fame and received Benedicta Cup for leadership, academic and athletic excellence. 

Club team: Played for Capital Lacrosse Club 2010-2013 ... Member of team HLA in 2013.

Notes: Ranked No. 17 among best 2013 incoming college freshmen by Inside Lacrosse … Bethesda Magazine Extraordinary Teen 2013 … Plays piano … Summer intern for Estee Lauder 2012 and 2013 … Aunt went to Harvard Business School … Mother played basketball at Mount Saint Mary's.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it is a school that will challenge me both academically and athletically.  On my first visit, I fell in love with the campus and all the amazing people there. I am looking forward to competing at the Division I level and becoming part of such an amazing program and school"

 

 

Victoria Moore
#25
5-6
Freshman
Defense
Concord, Mass.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Team Revolution

High school: Honorable mention All-American … Winner of US Lacrosse's Jackie Pitts Award … Captained lacrosse team in 2012 and 2013 … Three time NEPSAC All Star … ISL All-League as a junior and senior; honorable mention as a sophomore … Scored a total of 197 goals, including 66 as a senior, 51 as a junior and 55 as a sophomore ... Led team in scoring as a sophomore, junior and senior … Team MVP junior and senior year … Awarded coach's cup both junior and senior year … Member of BB&N lacrosse team's Century Club … Also played field hockey (captained team senior year) and ice hockey all four years … Honorable mention All-ISL in field hockey as a junior and senior and in ice hockey as a senior … Nichols Prize winner (school award for best student-athlete).

Club Team: Played on LNE for 2 years … Played in All-American Showcase in July 2013.

Notes: Born in Ottawa, Ontario … First member of her family (including extended family) to attend an American university … Cousin Kelly plays varsity soccer at Brock University in Canada … Coached Concord-Carlisle Girls Youth Lacrosse Grades 7 and 8 … coached BB&N middle school girls' lacrosse team.

Why Yale? "Yale stood out to me for its remarkable diversity and its amazing academics. While attending an academically challenging institution, I will also be able to play lacrosse at the highest level. Playing lacrosse in university was a priority while I looked at schools. Yale will push me on and off of the field."

 

 

Sophie Mussafer
#30
5-8
Freshman
Midfield
Weston, Mass.
Noble and Greenough
Revolution Lacrosse Black

High school: Two-time Academic All-American … Captained team senior year … Led team in goals as a senior and was MVP attacker … Led team in ground balls as a junior … 2012 ISL All-League honorable mention … 2013 ISL All-League … ISL Lacrosse Champions 2011 … Also on basketball team for four years (captain senior year) and on cross country team for two years … Four consecutive ISL Basketball championships … Two consecutive New England Class A Basketball Champions … ISL and New England Cross Country Champions 2011 … Awarded Davis Cup for sportsmanship at graduation … "Sophie Mussafer Teammate Award" created for Nobles girls varsity basketball team after senior season … Graduated with distinction … Student Director of Nobles Marathon Fund, which provides tuition assistance for students on financial aid.

Club team: Played with Yale teammate Victoria Moore on the Revolution Black Team, went undefeated at Champions Cup 2011 … Selected for Lower New England Lacrosse Team 2.

Notes: Made two service trips to South Africa with City Year in an effort to help with the education and well being of children in the Johannesburg area townships.

Why Yale? "Having the chance to attend Yale and play on the lacrosse team there is the opportunity of a lifetime. The incredible coaching staff is what drew me to Yale, and once I visited I knew there was no other place I would rather be. I love the campus and feel so grateful for the chance to get to know and play with such an amazing team."

 

Ashley Perselay
#35
5-6
Freshman
Defense
Chatham, N.J.
Chatham
Metro Lacrosse Club 

High school: Academic All-American 2013 … Scholar-Athlete Female Representative of Chatham High School 2013 Second team All-Conference 2013 … Second team all-county 2013 … First team All-Daily Record (1 of 2 defenders selected) 2013 … Named top defender by her team … Led team's low defenders in interceptions, caused turnovers and goals scored … Team was runners-up at 2013 state championship … Honorable mention all-county 2012 … Team won state and conference championships in 2011 and 2012 … 2012 team was ranked second in New Jersey and seventh in the country … Team was county champions in 2012 and county runners-up in 2011 … Also played on tennis team, serving as captain … Won Coaches award and was named second team all-conference at first doubles in 2012.

Club team: National Draw tournament champions, summer 2012.

Notes: Father played soccer and lacrosse at Hobart College … Sister Kelsey is a sophomore playing lacrosse at Georgetown.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the prestigious institution it is, and its academic and athletic excellence. I knew that I wanted to play for Yale's rapidly growing Women's lacrosse team, and compete at the highest level. I was especially looking forward to learning a lot from Coach Phillips, and the rest of the dedicated and talented coaching staff, and taking my game to the next level." 

 

Erin Sungelo
#34
5-1
Freshman
Attack
Parker, Colo.
Regis Jesuit
Team 180

High School:  Played four years of varsity lacrosse … Four-year starting midfield … Captained team senior year … Named team's Offensive Player of the Year 2013 … Midfield MVP 2011 and 2012 … Led team in goals, points and caused turnovers in junior and senior year … US Lacrosse first team All-American 2013 … US Lacrosse Academic All-American 2012 and 2013 … Three-year CSLA Colorado All-League First Team Selection … CSLA Colorado Continental League Player of the Year 2013 … Named to Denver Post 2013 All-Colorado girls lacrosse team …  Named to Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Lacrosse First Team 2012 and 2013 … Team finished year as Continental league champions and ranked No. 2 in state.

Club Team: Played for Team 180 in 2013 … Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) inaugural National Girls HS Lacrosse Team … Colorado WDNL National Team Selection.

Notes: Born in Kitchener, Ont. … Member of National Honor Society … Student Athletic trainer ... Member and co-founder of Equestrian Service Club, which provides equine-facilitated activities and therapies for the emotionally, mentally and physically challenged … Chosen as a member of a volunteer delegation that traveled to Belize and a local Mayan village tutoring and assisting children in rural areas … Started her own specialty cupcake business during her senior year of high school.

Why Yale? "Once I stepped onto Yale's campus, I knew there was no other place for me. The phenomenal academics, paired with the passionate and outstanding lacrosse program, made Yale the obvious choice."

 

 

Carlin Zia
#37
5-8
Freshman
Midfield
Exeter, N.H.
Phillips Exeter

High School:  Played three years of varsity lacrosse … Co-captain of lacrosse team senior year … Recipient of lacrosse team's Kesler award for spirit and dedication … Academic All-American … Three years varsity ice hockey … Co-captain of ice hockey team senior year … Four years varsity soccer … Soccer team MVP and co-captain senior year … Recipient of Phillips Exeter's Goodwin '25 Cup, given to the four-year athlete who best embodies the qualities of sportsmanship and participation … Recipient of the Vander Wolk College Scholarship "to honor a boy and girl in the graduating class who have been at Exeter for two or more years, and are the highest ranking academically among those seniors who have earned varsity letters in two or more sports." … Graduated cum laude … Recipient of academic excellence prizes in math (once each in advanced integrated mathematics and calculus), Russian (third year) and U.S. history … National Merit Scholarship finalist … Student member of Discipline Committee … Recipient of two scholastic art awards for printmaking (Silver Key and Honorable Mention) … Student Listener – peer support/listening program.

Club Team: Played club soccer with Seacoast United Soccer Club 2004-2013 … Won Super Y nationals (2009 and 2011) … Regional finalists (2012).

Notes: Plays the cello … Mother, Joanie Heisey, played ice hockey for the University of New Hampshire, part of a national championship team … Older brother, Matthew, is a senior at Colorado College.

Why Yale? "It goes without saying that Yale is home to a world-class intellectual community and that the campus and resources are exceptional, top priorities for me as a walk-on, but what really drew me here were the intangibles – the genuine warmth and curiosity of the people I met on my visit, the possibility of donning a blue jersey on game day and with it the inherited legacy of Yale athletics, the 'gut feeling' that this was where I wanted to spend the next four years."