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Bulldogs Welcome 11 in Class of 2022

(photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)
(photo by Steve Musco, muscosportsphotos.com)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes 11 first years to the roster for 2018-19. The Class of 2022 represents seven different states and includes four midfielders, two attackers, one defender, one defender/midfielder, one midfielder/attacker, one midfielder/defender and one goalkeeper.

The incoming class is comprised of defender Ali Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.), attacker Rachel Anderson (Baltimore, Md.), goalkeeper Clare Boone (Stewartstown, Pa.), midfielder Kenya Boston (Baltimore, Md.), midfielder/attacker Anna Bowers (Sandy Spring, Md.), midfielder Emily Clorite (Madison, Conn.), defender/midfielder Shannon Coughlan (Setauket, N.Y.), midfielder/defender Zoe Durham (Dallas, Texas), midfielder Jill Gollob (McLean, Va.), attacker Olivia Penoyer (Manlius, N.Y.) and midfielder Payton Vaughn (Concord, Mass.).

The newcomers bring impressive credentials to New Haven:

  • All 11 were lacrosse team captains, and five also served as captains of other sports
  • Seven won championships at either the conference, county, district or state level
  • Four have been named US Lacrosse All-Americans
  • Four have been named US Lacrosse All-Academic

The new Bulldogs have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, including volunteering with Challenger Baseball and Camp Sunshine and the Red Cross. They have done outreach in places such as Costa Rica and El Salvador and started initiatives such as a fundraising tournament that has raised more than $50,000 for the One Love Foundation.

They also have pursued a wide variety of potential career interests, from interning in a lab at the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience to taking part in Nordstrom's Ambassadors Program.

The newcomers join a Yale team that showed many signs of progress last season, its third with Erica LaGrow as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs improved their winning percentage from the previous season for the second year in a row and beat two nationally ranked teams.

For the upcoming season Yale returns six players who started at least eight games, including four of the team's top five goal scorers.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

 

Ali Anderson
Defender
5-6
Syracuse, N.Y.
Christian Brothers Academy
Ethix

Christian Brothers Academy: Team captain … Starting defender 2016, 2017 and 2018 …  2016 Lacrosse State Championship Game Sportsmanship Award ... 2017 and 2018 first team all-league … 2016 and 2018 Lacrosse Class A State Champions ... 2018 all-tournament team for state championship ... 2017 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Upstate Team ... Team was 2017 regional champions ... Also played basketball and soccer. 

Notes: Has volunteered for Challenger Baseball, a little league baseball team for children with disabilities, throughout the summer ... Christian Brothers Academy teammate Olivia Penoyer also plays lacrosse for Yale.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its outstanding academics and competitive athletic programs. From the moment I stepped on campus I felt at home and knew Yale was the perfect fit for me."

 

Rachel Anderson
Attacker
5-7
Baltimore, Md.
McDonogh School 
M&D Lacrosse Club 

McDonogh School: Team captain senior year … No. 1 ranked team in the nation all four years … Started three of four years … Team had 198 game win streak … Team won IAAM championship three times.

M&D Lacrosse Club: Won eight championships.

Notes: Has volunteered at an old age home in the summer.

Why Yale? "I knew Yale was where I wanted to be when I stepped onto campus and immediately fell in love. Yale is the perfect place for me to focus on academics while also continuing my passion for lacrosse. There's no place I would rather be for the next four years!"

 

Clare Boone
Goalkeeper
5-4
Stewartstown, Pa.
St. Paul's School for Girls (11th and 12th grade), Kennard-Dale High School (9th and 10th grade)
TLC 2018 Red

St. Paul's School for Girls: Team captain … Also captained tennis team.

Kennard-Dale High School: US Lacrosse All-American Pennsylvania Chapter 2015 and 2016 … Team was Pennsylvania District 3 Champions 2016.

Notes: Interned in summer of 2017 in lab at the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I did not want to sacrifice academics for athletics or vice versa - Yale offered me a chance to compete at the highest level athletically while also challenging myself every day in the classroom."

 

Kenya Boston
Midfielder
5-6
Baltimore, Md.
Park School of Baltimore
TLC 

Park School of Baltimore: Team captain … All-conference 2016 and 2018 … Led team with career-high 66 goals in 2018 ... 171 career goals, 150 career ground balls … US Lacrosse All-Academic nominee … Varsity starter all four years …  Team made it to semis all four years and made it to championships 2018 … Also played soccer.

TLC 2018 Red: Had more wins than any other team in TLC history … Won 22 championships.

Notes: Part of Nordstrom's Ambassadors Program, learned ins and outs of running a large business … Rode horse until end of sophomore year -- third at National Finals in 2015 for jumping and flat … Won silver key for Scholastic Writing Awards (Personal Essay and Memoir category) … Part of Partners Program at Park, a coalition for people of color where she was a mentor to a younger student of color … Father, Frank D. Boston III, played lacrosse and basketball at Bucknell.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I loved the overall positive energy with the team, and I got a great vibe from the campus, but most importantly because I knew it would be a perfect balance of academic and athletic rigor."

 

Anna Bowers
Midfielder/Attacker          
5-5
Sandy Spring, Md.
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Rebels 2018 Black

Our Lady of Good Counsel: Team captain senior year … All-WCAC Selection 2016, 2017 and 2018 … US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 … Nike Elite 100 … Four years on varsity team … Team was WCAC Champions in 2015; WCAC runners-up in 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Played three years of varsity field hockey … National Honors Society and Saint Mary's Scholars academic programs.

Notes: Very involved in community service, including service trips to Camden, N.J., and to El Salvador.

Why Yale? "Yale offers everything that I can dream of:  fascinating people, tremendous academics, renowned history and competitive sports." 

 

Emily Clorite
Midfielder 
5-5
Madison, Conn.
Choate Rosemary Hall 
Nor'easter Lacrosse 

Choate Rosemary Hall: US Lacrosse All-America 2018 … Team captain senior year … Also captained soccer team as a senior … All-state in soccer 2015, 2016 and 2017 … All-region in soccer 2017 … Played in high school soccer All-American game… Named outstanding athlete senior year.

Club Teams: Selected for CT State lax team … Selected for Under Armour underclass team … Selected for PDP program (soccer) … Selected for ODP Region 1 team (soccer).

Notes: Also plays soccer at Yale … Played against current Yale lacrosse teammates Izzy Nixon and Margaret Stover while in high school.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the combination of world class academics and Division I athletics. I loved the feel of the campus from the first moment I visited." 

 

Shannon Coughlan
Defender/Midfielder
5-6
Setauket, N.Y.
Ward Melville
Top Guns 

Ward Melville: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2018 … Team captain senior year … Suffolk County Class A All-County 2018 … All-division 2017 ...  Second team All-Long Island GOAT team by FLG lacrosse and selected to the Suffolk team for Long Island All-American showcase twice … Also captained field hockey team senior year … In field hockey received all-tournament twice, all-division, all-county and all-state tournament team twice … Field hockey team won Long Island Championship her sophomore and junior years, then won New York State championship her senior year … Ward Melville High School's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Notes: Member of youth group in her church that directs Sunday night masses and summer mission trips.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the unique combination of athletic and academic opportunity at such a well-respected level." 

 

Zoe Durham
Midfielder/Defender
5-7
Dallas, Texas
Highland Park
Grit Lacrosse

Highland Park High School: US Lacrosse All-America 2018 … Varsity lacrosse all four years; two-year captain; Captain of the first Highland Park Girls Lacrosse team to advance to the State Tournament and reach semifinals … All-state 2018 … Defensive MVP 2018 … Named to Adrenaline All American Team 2018 … All District 2017 … "Heart and Hustle" of Team 2017 … All District 2016 … Defensive MVP 2016 ... Rookie of the Year 2015 … Played basketball freshman year … On track team (4x400, 4x200 relay) as a sophomore ... Qualified for 4x400 relay, qualified for districts … Played field hockey senior year.

Notes: Founded first Texas high school chapter of One Love Foundation; bylaws she created are used by high school chapters nationally … Helped create One Love Fundraising tournament, a boys vs. girls tournament that raised more than $50,000 for the foundation over three years … Aunt graduated from Yale School of Management … Brother plays club lacrosse at California Berkeley … Cousin rowed at Harvard.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it is the perfect combination of excellent academics and outstanding athletics. Most importantly, I felt at home as soon as I stepped on campus."

 

Jill Gollob
Midfielder
5-9
McLean, Va.
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Capital Lacrosse Club

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School: US Lacrosse All-Academic 2018 … Team captain junior and senior years … Four-year varsity starter … Team was ISL Champions 2018 … Team was ISL Runners-Up 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Team was ranked No. 6 in nation at end of 2018 season (highest in history of program) … Lacrosse Coaches Award 2018 … Inducted into Georgetown Visitation Athletic Assoc. Hall of Fame … All-ISL … Also on soccer team and winter track team … Benedicta Cup 2018 (for leadership, academic & athletic excellence) ... First Honors/Top 15% GPA every semester for all four years … Cum Laude Society … Cloviere Scholar 2017 - 2018 … Spanish Honor Society 2016 - 2018 … Mary Margaret Spirit Award 2015, 2016 and 2017 (for academic strength, spirit of cooperation and support for school program) … 1799 Scholar (awarded in 2014 with admission to school) … National Merit Scholarship Commended Student … National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist 2015 … SGA Award 2018 … Key Club Award 2015 … Very involved in Student Government at Georgetown Visitation -- was class president sophomore and junior years and student body president senior year.  

Capital Lacrosse Club: Capital Lacrosse Club 2018 Blue Team 2014-2017 … Selected for DC National Tournament Team 2015 and 2017 … Gold Medalist, DC Metro U19 Team that competed in England at the World Lacrosse Festival in England in July 2017 … Brine National Lacrosse Classic (DC Metro All Star)

Notes: Spent part of summer 2016 in Costa Rica building roads and working on coffee farms … McLean ECNL Premier Soccer … Has done extensive lacrosse coaching in community … Co-head coach of PRIDE 2027, a group of rising fourth-grade club players … Volunteer coach in spring for local rec program that she grew up in, McLean Youth Lacrosse … Father, David Gollob '90, was captain of Yale men's tennis team … Aunt, Lisa Gollob Finke '87, was captain of Yale women's tennis team … Cousin, Carol Finke '18, was a member of Yale tennis team … Mother, a two sport athlete at Princeton University (class of 1990), was captain of ice hockey and lacrosse teams her senior year … Twin brother, Sam, is nationally ranked swimmer and will attend and swim for Williams College … High school teammates with Yale teammate Addie Zinsner.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for its excellent academics and amazing community of people from all over the world. In addition, Coach LaGrow and the team made me feel extremely welcome and I know that with their support I will have the ability to become the best player I can be. Also, I love Handsome Dan – go Bulldogs!"

 

Olivia Penoyer
Attacker
5-9
Manlius, N.Y.
Christian Brothers Academy
Ethix

Christian Brothers Academy: US Lacrosse All-America 2017 and 2018 … Team captain as a senior … CNY Player of the Year nominee 2018 … New York State Tournament MVP 2018 ...  New York State Championship All-tournament team 2018 … Team was New York Regional and New York State Class A Champions 2018 … 2016 NYSPHSAA Semi Final Player of the Game … 2016 NYS ALL Tournament Team Selection … 2016 and 2017 First Team Section III All-Stars … Five years of varsity lacrosse … Sectional Championship 2014, 2016, 2017 … 2016 Lacrosse Class A State Championship … 2015 Second Team Section III All-Stars … Also captained bowling team senior year … On bowling team 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Scholar Athlete 2014-2018.

Notes: Volunteer at Camp Sunshine (Casco, Maine), a retreat center for sick children and their families … Brother, Owen Penoyer, is Nazareth Lacrosse Class of 2020 ... Christian Brothers Academy teammate Ali Anderson also plays lacrosse for Yale.

Why Yale? "The moment I walked through campus, stepped in the dorm rooms and explored New Haven, I knew Yale was the perfect match for me. The motivating and inspiring student body showed me that I could be empowered at a place best resembling home."

 

Payton Vaughn
Midfielder
5-5
Concord, Mass.
Concord-Carlisle High School
Mass Elite

Concord-Carlisle High School: US Lacrosse All-America 2017 and 2018 … US Lacrosse All-Academic 2017 and 2018 … Team captain as a senior and as a junior … Varsity Team MVP 2016, 2017 and 2018 … DCL All Star 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Boston Globe All-Scholastic 2017 and 2018 … Boston Herald All-Scholastic 2017 and 2018 … Eastern Massachusetts Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Team 1 2017 and 2018 … Led team in goals and assists and was second on team in caused turnovers, draw controls and ground balls as a senior ... Team was DCL Large Champions 2015 and 2018 … Team was MIAA Division 1 East sectional Champions 2015 … Team was MIAA Division 1 East Sectional Finalists 2017 and 2018 … Varsity Field Hockey / Captain … DCL Field Hockey All Star Team 2016, 2017 … Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches Association Best of 60 All Star Game … Also captained freshman soccer team … Took part in Book Buddy program, meeting with a "buddy" to read books.   

Massachusetts/Rhode Island Team 1: National US Lacrosse Schoolgirls Tournament Champions 2017.

Notes: Member of National Charity League since 7th grade … Enjoys volunteering for Red Cross, House of Hope and Open Table …  Mother played field hockey at Bentley … Father played tennis at Fairfield … Multiple Ivy Leaguers in her family … Uncle played football at Penn …  Has a cousin at Harvard and a cousin at Penn (Wharton). 

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offers unlimited academic possibilities and also allows me to play the sport I love. I fell in love with welcoming atmosphere on campus and I also look really good in navy." 

 

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