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Bulldogs Welcome 11 in Class of 2021

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

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off a record-setting 2017 season, the Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes 11 freshmen to the roster for 2017-18. The Class of 2021 represents seven different states and includes four midfielders, three attackers, three defenders and a goalkeeper.

The incoming class is comprised of defender Sofia Caro (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), attacker Natalie DeWitt (St. Louis, Mo.), goalkeeper Amelia Drake (Morristown, N.J.), defender Kelsey Dunn (McLean, Va.), attacker Kayla Duperrouzel (Fairfax Station, Va.), midfielder Amanda Hartzell (Rye, N.Y.), midfielder Sam Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.), midfielder Colleen Huffman (Glenview, Ill.), midfielder Olivia Markert (Centreville, Va.), defender Emma Reilly (Manhasset, N.Y.) and attacker Isabelle Webster (Towson, Md.).

The newcomers bring impressive credentials to New Haven. They have all served in leadership roles while in high school -- seven were lacrosse team captains, and seven served as captains of other sports. They have earned multiple honors for their performance on the field, including four who have been named all-state. Their work in the classroom has been recognized in many ways, and seven have been named US Lacrosse All-Academic for this past season. They have also been a part of successful teams, as eight won championships at either the conference, county, district or state levels.

The new Bulldogs have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, including volunteering for organizations such as homeless shelters, Best Buddies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Tewaaraton Foundation and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. They have sung in church choirs, started charities, done outreach in places such as Ghana and served as tutors.

The newcomers join a Yale team that showed many signs of progress last season, its second with Erica LaGrow as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs set school records for goals, points and draw controls in a season and knocked off a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since 2010.

For the upcoming year Yale returns both goalies, two players who started at least five games on defense and three of the five players who had 28 or more points. The team captain is rising senior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.).

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

 

Sofia Caro
5-5
Defender
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Pine Crest
Stickbenders

Pine Crest School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 … Captain of lacrosse team … FHSAA Florida All-State Academic Team … First Team Miami Herald 2016 and 2017 … All-District 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … All-Region 2016 and 2017 … All-League 2016 … First Team Sun Sentinel 2016 … Captained weightlifting team … Played on football team.

Stickbenders: Under Armour All-America South Team 2016 … South Florida National Team 2015.

Notes: Has sung in charity concerts at school … Active in church choir and community groups … Has worked with children learning to play lacrosse … Aunt, Deborah Hartman, has PhD from Yale (1990).

Why Yale? "I chose Yale partly because of the stellar academics and also because when I saw the 'Why I chose Yale Video' I knew that those were the kinds of people I wanted to spend four years with."

 

Natalie DeWitt
5-8
Attacker
St. Louis, Mo.
John Burroughs
410 West

John Burroughs School: Varsity lacrosse three years … Lacrosse team captain … Led team with 49 goals senior year … All-state as a senior … Post-Dispatch All-Metro as a senior … First team all-league as senior … Second team all-league as a junior … US Lacrosse Magazine Midwest player of the week … Varsity men's ice hockey all four years … Varsity tennis as a freshman … Captain of school dance squad … Yearbook editor senior year … Leader of two clubs, RAD (reaching adolescent drivers club) and KUTO (kids under 21 club).

Notes: Played with Yale teammate Barrett Carlson at John Burroughs School … Father, Bill DeWitt III '90, played varsity golf at Yale … Grandfather, Bill DeWitt II '63, also went to Yale … Aunt went to Yale and cousin will be in Yale class of 2022 … Started a charity called Prom Dress Share STL that collects dresses for girls who otherwise could not afford one for prom … Started St. Louis chapter of Reddy to Fight (volunteering making gift bags for terminally ill children).

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because the second I stepped onto the campus I immediately felt like I was home. The extremely welcoming and fun-spirited community made the choice so easy."

 

Amelia Drake
5-7
Goalkeeper
Morristown, N.J.
Morristown
STEPS Elite

Morristown High School: Second team all-league 2017 … Played in NJ Senior All-Star Game … Set school goalie records for career saves and wins … Won team's Unsung Hero Award 2017 … First team all-league 2016 … Second team all-county 2016 and 2017 … Made 600th career save in 2017 … State Sectional Champions 2015 … Italian National Honor Society … Business National Honor Society … 2017 President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Notes: Volunteered for "Heroes and Cool Kids" program … Summer counselor at Morristown lacrosse camp for four years … Spring volunteer at Morristown lacrosse clinics for four years … Older brothers Matt and Chris both played lacrosse at Widener University.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I was looking for a school with great academics, competitive athletics, and loads of opportunities, all of which are found at Yale. It perfectly fits the description of my dream school and I have loved it since the first day I stepped on campus."

 

Kelsey Dunn
5-7
Defender
McLean, Va.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes
Capital Lacrosse Club

St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 … Three years varsity lacrosse (one year junior varsity) … Lacrosse team won league championship all three years she played, was second in state twice and won one state championship … Lacrosse team was ranked in top 10 nationally each year she played ... Played three years of varsity basketball … Basketball team captain … All-league in basketball 2017 … Won Alexandria Sportsman's Club Award 2017 … Led basketball team in scoring all three years … Played two years on varsity soccer (one year junior varsity) … Played one year of junior varsity field hockey … National Merit Scholar (Commended) … Member of National French Honor Society … Member of Cum Laude Society.

Capital Lacrosse Club: Selected as an HLA finalist at the US Lacrosse National Tournament … Selected for DC National Tournament Team 2014, 2015 and 2016 … Selected for DC Under Armour team in 2016 … Won Lax for the Cure Tournament Summer 2015.

Notes: Coached youth girls' lacrosse teams at club and recreational league levels … Intern for Tewaaraton Foundation at 2017 Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. … Mother, Aimee Dunn, has Ivy League connection -- attended Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth … Brother, Spud Dunn, plays lacrosse for Trinity College in Hartford.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it's the best place to find high level academics and athletics. I loved the environment at Yale and in New Haven and got great vibes from the people there."

 

Kayla Duperrouzel
5-9
Attacker
Fairfax Station, Va.
Bishop Ireton
Capital Lacrosse Club

Bishop Ireton High School: US Lacrosse first team All-American ... USA Today All-USA ... US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 … Four-year varsity starter for lacrosse … Lacrosse team captain … All-State selection 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … All-WCAC selection 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … WCAC Player of the Year 2017 … Washington Post First Team All-Met 2017 … Set program record for draw controls in a career with 482 … Set program record for draw controls in a single season with 136 … Set program record for varsity starts … 2017 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year … 2017 ASC Athlete of the Year … Lacrosse Magazine Player of the Week … Under Armour Underclassmen All-American … State Champions 2014, 2015 and 2017 … WCAC champions 2014, 2016 and 2017 … Team ranked in Top 10 nationally all four years … Ran cross country and played basketball … National Merit Scholar (Commended) … AP Scholar with Distinction Award … Won The Bishop Ireton Award for Excellence in Athletics and Academics … Won school's most prestigious academic honor, the Marguerite Scafati Award for Academic Excellence, in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … First Honors 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … 2017 President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Capital Lacrosse Club: Named to Inside Lacrosse Magazine's Standout Players List … Won Lax for the Cure Tournament Summer 2015. 

Notes: Has volunteered with local youth lacrosse team as coach … Has volunteered with Adaptive Lacrosse, teaching adults with mental disabilities how to play lacrosse … Member of Best Buddies Club … Has taken service trips to Camden, New Jersey … Works at children's sports camp over summer … Aunt, Stephanie Duperrouzel, is also an Ivy Leaguer -- attended Columbia.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the world-class education and winning mentality of the players and coaching staff. I knew when I first stepped on campus that Yale would be the place for me." 

 
 

Amanda Hartzell
5-5
Midfielder
Rye, N.Y.
Rye
Connecticut Grizzlies

Rye High School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 ... Lacrosse team captain as a senior … More than 200 varsity lacrosse career points … 150+ goals … Started every game of four-year high school career … Team's leading scorer junior and senior years …  All-Section 2017 ... All-Section Honorable Mention 2016 … All-League 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … News 12 Varsity All-Hudson Valley All-Star 2nd Team 2017 … News 12 Varsity All Hudson Valley All-Star Honorable Mention 2016 … Con Edison Scholar Athlete Award 2017… Rye Lion's Club Athlete of the Year 2017 … Rye High School Female Athlete of Year 2017 … USA Today Journal News 2017 Preseason Player Watch List … Second team USA Today Journal News Westchester/Putnam County All-Star 2017 ... USA Today Journal News All-County Honorable Mention 2016 … Lacrosse team was NY State Section 1 Class C Champions 2017 … NY State Class C Regional Finalists 2017 … NY State Section 1 semifinalists 2014, 2015, 2016 and league champions in NY State Section 1 four times … Was also on basketball team … Basketball team was 2015-2016 NY State Section 1 Class A Champions … Basketball team was NY State East Regional Champions ... Basketball team was NY State semi-finalists … Basketball team was league champions in NY State Section 1 2015 and 2016 … Also on soccer team, which was NY State Section 1 League Champions 2016 … Soccer team captain as a senior … Totaled nine varsity letters (four lacrosse, three basketball, two soccer) … Four-year member of High Honor Roll ... National Honor Society member.

Notes: Interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center senior year … Youth lacrosse coach … Youth soccer coach … Sharing Shelf clothing drive volunteer … Volunteer at Inspirica Homeless Shelter in Stamford, Conn. … Volunteer at Read Aloud for children at Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, N.Y. … Grandfather graduated from both Yale College and Yale Law School … Cousin graduated from Yale in 2017 … Father, John Hartzell, played lacrosse at Franklin & Marshall College.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I knew that both the academics and athletics at Yale would challenge me to compete at a high level and grow as both a person and an athlete."

 
 

Sam Higgins
5-5
Midfielder
Shoreham, N.Y.
Shoreham-Wading River
Yellow Jackets 2017 Blue

Shoreham-Wading River High School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2016 and 2017 … Five-year starter for lacrosse team … Captain of lacrosse team junior and senior years … All-County 2016 and 2017 … All-Division 2014 and 2015 … Led lacrosse team in assists 2016 and 2017 … Lacrosse team was league champions 2017 … Four-year starter for soccer team … Captain of soccer team junior and senior years … All-League in soccer 2016 and 2017 … All-County in soccer 2016 and 2017 … All-Conference in soccer 2016 and 2017 … Soccer team was league champions 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Soccer team was county champions 2015 … Played on varsity basketball team for three years (junior varsity as a freshman) … Captain of basketball team junior and senior years … Academic All-County in basketball 2017 … Basketball team was league champions 2017 … Team Athlete of the Year 2017 … Wildcat Athletic Club Award 2017 … Gold Key Award 2017 … National Honor Society … Natural Helpers (nominated by peers to attend a retreat and monthly meetings to build on skills to help others more effectively) … Brainstormers Club (trivia competition) … Global Club (community service) … Compassion Without Borders (leadership workshop) … Best Buddies (spend time with special education students, fundraise) … National Jr. Honor Society … Freshman tour guide … Theater Class Tutor for special education students as a senior … Open House as a senior -- direct peers to classrooms and help teachers with meetings … Peer Tutoring as a junior and senior … High School Peace Garden clean-up as a junior … Senior Recognition Night  as a junior -- assisted guidance department in distributing pamphlets, directing speakers and organizing snacks … Safe Halloween as a junior -- volunteered to guide elementary school students in trick or treating and work with students at the arts and crafts table … Senior Brunch volunteer as a junior -- prepared food and distributed items for activities … Volunteer at school's Lax Out Cancer event from eighth grade through 11th grade … Senior Awards Night volunteer her freshman and sophomore years, assisting Athletic Club.

Yellow Jackets 2017 Blue: National Champions 2014 … Lax for the Cure Champions 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 … Lax by the Sea 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Notes: Basketball assistant coach during her senior year -- helped head coach of a Father Joe's basketball team during practices at Miller Ave Elementary school … Habitat for Humanity volunteer during junior year of high school … Soccer Camp Counselor volunteer as a freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school … Participated in Tunnel to Tower Run, 5K run that raises money and honors families/people affected by 9/11, during junior year of high school  … Volunteer at Patriot Run , 2.54 mile run to honor Thomas Cutinella and raise funds for scholarship fund, during junior and senior years of high school …  Volunteer at coat drive during junior year of high school …  Has been a part of Big Brothers/Big Sisters since eighth grade, gathering and donating clothes and toys to local chapter … As a junior and senior in high school, trained teammates outside of practice to improve skills; also worked with younger children to teach them basic lacrosse skills … Has made holiday donations since second grade, collecting food for needy families at Thanksgiving and purchasing presents for families in need at Christmas … Took part in community trash clean-up as an eighth grader … Organized Pumpkinfest games and activities for elementary school students as an eighth grader … Sang Christmas carols at adult homes from sixth grade through eighth grade … Made sandwiches for needy at local church as part of  "Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang" from sixth grade to ninth grade … Organized folders and books for special education program at local school district as part of Read to Feed Program from sixth grade through eighth grade.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the prestigious programs the school offers. I felt the balance between the academic and athletic realms were unmatched. I instantly felt at home when I stepped on campus and thought I could flourish in all aspects with the support Yale provides for their students."

 
 

Colleen Huffman
5-8
Midfielder
Glenview, Ill.
Loyola Academy
Wildcat Elite

Loyola Academy: US Lacrosse All-American 2017 … US Lacrosse All-Academic 2016 and 2017 … Four years of varsity lacrosse … Lacrosse team captain … All-conference sophomore, junior and senior years … All-state honorable mention sophomore and junior years … All-state senior year … Team won state championship in all four of her seasons … Was on golf team as a freshman and sophomore … All-conference in golf as a sophomore … Golf team finished second in state her sophomore year … Member of President's Advisory Council, a selected group of 15 students who advised president of high school on direction of school … AP scholar … National Merit Commended Student … Bellarmine Scholar, a merit-based academic scholarship to Loyola. 

Wildcat Elite: One of three girls in Illinois to make IL/WI national team as a freshman for the national tournament.  

Notes: Tutored children at local library junior year … Tutored at Madonna Mission, a center for children of refugees, senior year.

Why Yale? "After my first walk around the campus with Coach LaGrow, I knew I wanted to come to Yale. The Yale lacrosse program's desire to win and compete at the highest level combined with Yale's unparalleled academics and opportunities in every area made Yale the clear choice for me."

 

Olivia Markert
5-6
Midfielder
Centreville, Va.
Westfield
M&D Lacrosse

Westfield High School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 … Lacrosse captain 2016 and 2017 … All-Concorde Conference … Concorde Conference Offensive Player of the Year … All-6A North Region … All-6A State … Honorable mention All-Metropolitan … Lacrosse team MVP … Lacrosse team was Virginia 6A State Champions 2014 … Westfield Sportswoman of the Year … Field hockey captain 2016 … All-Concorde Conference in field hockey … All-6A North Region in field hockey … Second Team All-6A State in field hockey … Honorable mention All-Metropolitan in field hockey … Field hockey team was Conference Champions 2013,2015 and 2016 … Field hockey team was region champions 2013 and 2015 … Field hockey team was state champions 2013 … Peer Helping Program … Summa Cum Laude … AP Scholar with Honors.

M&D Lacrosse: Schoolgirls Team DC Metro.

Notes: Youth lacrosse and field hockey coach … Youth lacrosse referee … Enjoys Hiking … Brother, Andrew Markert, plays lacrosse at Clarkson.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for its incredible athletics and academics. The campus is magnificent and offers exceptional opportunities for me to achieve my dreams. I am so excited to be part of this program."

 

Emma Reilly
5-7
Defender
Manhasset, N.Y.
Manhasset
Liberty Lacrosse

Manhasset Secondary School: Played lacrosse and field hockey … Academic All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse junior and senior years … Four-year scholar athlete in both sports … Lacrosse Class B county finalist 2016 … Two-time field hockey captain.

Notes: Has actively participated in Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer since elementary school … Has been a member of Project Nyame Nsa and has done outreach in Ghana, creating a pen pal program between orphans and at-risk children in her community … Father, Brian Reilly, graduated from Yale in 1985 and Yale Law School in 1992; was captain of the Yale lacrosse team … Sister, Courtney Reilly, played lacrosse at Yale and graduated in 2016 … Mother, Jeannette Reilly, is also an Ivy Leaguer; attended Penn. 

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its rich traditions and endless opportunities to receive one of the best educations not only in the classroom but from individuals from different backgrounds." 

 

Isabelle Webster
5-8
Attacker
Towson, Md.
McDonogh
TLC 2017

McDonogh School: Ranked No. 1 team in nation and currently holds 177 consecutive game winning streak … MIAA Championship Title in 2016 and 2017 … Defender on varsity field hockey team, won MIAA Championship in 2017 …  Winter track team … Four-year Class of 2017 Honor Council Representative … Co-founder of Career Club … Member of "Diversity For McDonogh" leadership group ... 2017 recipient of McDonogh's John C. Bentz Award for compassion and guidance to others. 

Notes: Volunteer for a variety of local organizations including Roots Garden, The Baltimore Station, PlayNice Baltimore and Empty Bowls … Employee of Talucci Catering Company, Mouth Party Caramels, CruitCast Filming Company and St. Paul's School for Girls Summer Management … Assistant Coach of Sky Walkers 2025 Club Team … Main academic interests include humanities, sociology and sports psychology … Father, John Webster, was two-time All-American in lacrosse at North Carolina, and member of 1991 National Champion team … Grandfather, Mickey Webster, was All-American attackman at Johns Hopkins and is member of National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Why Yale? "I am excited to attend an institution with a unique sense of community, camaraderie, and curiosity. For me, Yale is the place that perfectly combines my love of learning and the sport of lacrosse. I immediately felt right at home after visiting campus and meeting the members of the team. I am really looking forward to the next four years!"

 

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