Yale Class of 2017 Looks to Make Immediate Contributions

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Looking to continue the momentum of last season, when the Bulldogs posted their best win total in five years, Yale welcomes 10 freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season. The Class of 2017 represents seven different states. The group is composed of three attackers, three defenders, three midfielders and one midfielder/defender.

The newcomers bring an impressive list of accomplishments both on and off the field to New Haven. The group includes an Under Armour Underclass All-Star who is interested in service trips to third world countries, a New England Prep School Women's Lacrosse Association All Star who has been involved in raising money for cancer treatment and research for five years, a back-to-back Fairfield Athletic Association champion who spent the past two summers interning at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, a first team All-Long Island selection who volunteered at an animal shelter, an Under Armour All-American who spent the past two summers interning at Estee Lauder, an honorable mention All-American who is the first person in her family to attend an American university, a two-time Academic All-American who has made two service trips to South Africa, a back-to-back state champion who also earned Academic All-American honors, an All-American who co-founded an Equestrian Service Club that provides activities and therapies for the emotionally, mentally and physically challenged, and a tri-varsity captain who was an Academic All-American.

This will be the Bulldogs' sixth season with Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Yale lost two players from last year's team to graduation. Last season the team continued to show progress, scoring 32 more goals than the previous season (a 23 percent increase) while cutting its shots allowed by 32 and posting its lowest goals-allowed total since 2010.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Marisa Cresham
Rockville, Md.
Wootton High School
Capital Lacrosse Blue

High School: Captained lacrosse team in 2012 and 2013 ... Team MVP 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... First team all-county 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... Honorable mention All-Met 2013 ... Four-time Coaches All-Division (first team in 2011, 2012 and 2013; second team in 2010) ... Honorable mention all-county 2010 ... Four-year starter ... Led team in goals, assists, ground balls and draw controls 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... Team was division champions 2013 ... Selected for 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-Star team representing the Washington, D.C., region ... Selected for 2011 and 2012 (first team) Women's Division National Tournament (Schoolgirls' Division) representing the DC Metro Mid-Atlantic sub-region ... Selected as Best Team Player at the Yale Elite camp (summer 2011) and for all-star teams at Stanford University camp (summer of 2011), University of Maryland Maximum Exposure camp (summer 2010) and UNC-Chapel Hill Elite camp (winter 2010) ... Was also on basketball, golf and indoor track teams in high school ... . First team all-state in golf 2009, 2010 ... First team all-county in golf 2010 ... Honorable mention all-county in golf 2009, 2011 ... Three-year starter in golf ... Qualified for 2009, 2010 and 2011 Maryland State High School 4A/3A golf tournaments (in 2010, finished in 11th place with 18-hole scores of 83-82); second- and third-place finishes in the 2010 and 2011 County Championships.

Club team: 2011 All American Showcase - Senior A Division Champions ... 2011 Lax for the Cure Tournament Champions ... 2010 Club National Championship Division Champions ... 2010 President's Cup Division Champions.

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