Yale Lacrosse Class of 2016 Looks to Make Instant Impact

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Yale 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 - #7 - 5-8 - Defender
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 - #17 - 5-10 - Midfielder
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.

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