Yale Lacrosse Class of 2016 Looks to Make Instant Impact

Lauren Wackerle - #23 - 5-9 - Midfielder
Arlington, Va. - The Potomac School - M&D 2012 Black

High school: Four-year varsity player for lacrosse and field hockey, captain of both teams ... US Lacrosse first team All-American, Academic All-American ... HS National Team-DC Metro 1, and All-American Showcase Team ... First Team All-State, All ISL, All-Met (HM) ... Among leading scorers in DC Metro region with 84 goals senior year ... Virginia D-1 State Lacrosse Championship (VISLA) runner-up 2009, semi-finalist 2010 ... AP Scholar ... Commended National Merit Scholar ... Field Hockey National Academic Squad.

Club team: Contributed to 12 tournament championships during four years with M&D 2012 Black Club Lacrosse, including The National Draw, Mid-Atlantic, Club National, Galaxy and Maryland Club Championships.

Notes: Arlington Youth Philanthropy Board Officer ... Head coach, McLean Youth Lacrosse Team ... Potomac School Delegate & President, Princeton Model Congress ... Georgetown University Hospital Intern ...Saxophone, bassoon in concert band ... Alternative House Outreach Tutor ... Older brother, Doug, is a senior at Duke.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the opportunity to play lacrosse with fantastic teammates and coaches at one of the world's most prestigious universities."

Kate Walker - #19 - 5-11 - Defender
Baltimore, Md. - The Bryn Mawr School - TLC

High School: Three years of varsity lacrosse ... Academic All American 2012 ... Under Armour Underclassmen All-Star 2011 ... Scholar Athlete Award 2008-2012 ... Ranked No. 11 best defender nationally by ESPN Rise ... ESPNHS Girls Top 25 Defense (No. 11) ... ESPNHS Girls Top 100 Class of 2012 (No. 51) ... Team finished season ranked in top 10 nationally by Lax Power ... Also played four years of varsity volleyball ... One year of varsity swimming.

Notes: Participated in an Athletic Outreach Program at an inner city school in Baltimore teaching elementary school girls to play lacrosse ... Participated in community service at the Maryland Food Bank ... Member of high school's Princeton Model Congress ... Page editor of high school newspaper ... Father, Chris Walker, played lacrosse at UNC where he was a three-time All-American, team captain, and member of the 1986 National Champion team ... Cousin James Ahern played basketball for Yale ... Uncle Jay played lacrosse at Towson University ... Uncle Rob played lacrosse at Stony Brook University ... Grandfather Robert played basketball at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offers to its student-athletes both a first-class education and the opportunity to play as a varsity athlete in one of the most competitive conferences in the country. Here I will be able to make tremendous strides as a student and an athlete and I couldn't think of a better or more important way to spend the next four years."

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