Tar Heels Welcome Freshman Class to Campus

CHAPEL HILL - Head coach Jenny Levy and University of North Carolina this week welcome to campus a nine-member freshman class for the 2012 season. The class is highlighted by a quartet of Under Armour All-Americans, Kelly Devlin (Downingtown, Pa.), Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md.), Paula Schmidt (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Caileigh Sindall (Silver Spring, Md.). Sindall played for the U.S. Under-19 national team that won the world championship in Germany this summer and earned All-World honors.

The class includes three New Yorkers, three players from Maryland and one each from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Twin sisters Lindsay and Sarah Scott both will attend UNC and play for the Tar Heels next season. Overall, the class includes a nice blend of attackers, midfielders and defenders.

"We're really excited about this year's freshman class," says Levy, who will enter her 17th season in 2012. "We brought in a really well-rounded class, though we didn't sign a goalie since we already have three returning from last season. We really needed to reload the offensive end a little bit with a few key additions, put some depth in our midfield since our midfield was really young last year and bring in some defensive players who will vie for time right away given our losses from last year.

"We have obviously graduated a lot of offense in the last couple of years, so we were looking to restock the lineup on that end of the field," Levy continues. "We needed some lefties and brought in two in Lindsay Scott and Paula Schmidt, both of whomplayed midfield in high school and have played a lot of offense. We needed vision and stickwork and someonewho can move the ball, and Morgan Rubin does that very well, along with SamMcGee.

"We needed some midfielders and brought in two middies that we think can really help us in Kelly Devlin and Eileen Giles. Kelly is tall and we are excited about her size and vision. Eileen gives us great speed. Seeing her play this summer, she's made some great improvements in her game.

"On the defensive end, we graduated three starters after last year. We bring in three kids, one of whom is Caileigh Sindall, who will probably be one of the leaders of theclass. She just played for the U.S. U-19 team that won the world championship this summer and she was one of five Americans named All-World. We're looking forward to Caileigh continuing what she has been doing and potentially filling a pretty big role for us on the defensive end.

"We also have Sarah Scott, who is Lindsay Scott's twin sister, and Courtney Waite, who played at middie in high school but we see her more as a defensive middie with her great speed."

UNC Women's Lacrosse 2012 Freshman Class
Kelly Devlin, Midfield, Downingtown, Pa. (Downingtown East)
Eileen Giles, Defense/Midfield, Concord, Mass. (Middlesex School)
Sam McGee, Midfield, Baltimore, Md. (Bryn Mawr School)
Morgan Rubin, Attack/Midfield, Baltimore, Md. (Bryn Mawr School)
Paula Schmidt, Attack/Midfield, Wantagh, N.Y. (Wantagh)
Lindsay Scott, Attack, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (Yorktown)
Sarah Scott, Defense, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (Yorktown)
Caileigh Sindall, Defense, Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Courtney Waite, Defense/Midfield, Bernardsville, N.J. (Bernards)

Biographical Notes on Incoming UNC Freshman Players

Devlin (Downingtown, Pa.) played in the midfield for the South team in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, teaming with fellow future Tar Heels Rubin and Sindall. She recorded 111 assists, 47 goals and 135 ground balls at Downingtown East HS as a senior and had career totals of 202 goals, 236 assists and 438 points. She grabbed first-team All-America honors as both a junior and senior and was a three-time, first-team all-area choice and was named first-team All Ches-Mont three times. Devlin also played four years of basketball, earning second-team all-conference honors and serving as team captain. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a high honor roll student, receiving the Charles Way "All-America Award" (presented to the student who best personifies the qualities of an All-America in leadership, character, all-around athletic ability and academic achievement).

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