Yale Welcomes Seven Recruits in the Lacrosse Class of 2018

NEW HAVEN, Conn. The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes seven freshmen to the roster for 2014-2015. The Class of 2018 represents four different states and is composed of one attacker (Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.)), four midfielders (Taryn Gallagher (Haverford, Pa.), Madeleine Gramigna (Summit, N.J.), Emily Granger (Grasonville, Md.) and Maggie Pizzo (East Hampton, N.Y.)), one defender (Cooper Hall (Wyndmoor, Pa.)) and one goalkeeper (Sydney Marks (Chappaqua, N.Y.)).

The newcomers have all served in leadership roles while in high school -- all seven were team captains, and five also served as captains of other sports (Comizio, Gallagher, Gramigna, Granger and Hall). They have also earned multiple honors for their performance on the field, including two who have been named All-American (Gallagher and Granger). Their work in the classroom has been recognized in many ways, including six who have been named Academic All-Americans (Comizio, Gramigna, Granger, Hall, Marks and Pizzo). They have been a part of successful teams, including four who have been part of championships at either the conference, county or state levels (Comizio, Gallagher, Gramigna and Granger).

They have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, including volunteering for organizations and events such as Habitat for Humanity (Granger), a local hospital (Gallagher) and Relay for Life (Marks). They have made service trips to places such as a Cheyenne Reservation in Montana (Gramigna) and an impoverished village in Senegal (Pizzo), and have worked with special needs children (Granger).

Their talents also extend beyond the playing field; one was a founding member of Pennsylvania Girlchoir and had a piece of artwork selected for display for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (Hall) and another was selected for the All-National Honors Band (Pizzo).

The newcomers join the Bulldogs for the team's seventh season with Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Yale lost nine players from last year's team to graduation, but returns six of the top seven point scorers and nine players who made at least eight starts.

Yale has improved its winning percentage from year-to-year in each of the past three years, a trend that the newcomers will look to continue next year. This past season Yale had its best win total since 2008, and decreased its goals allowed compared to the previous season by 26 percent -- ending the season ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense (8.2 goals allowed per game). Yale outscored its opponents by 31 goals, the most since 2008. The Bulldogs also had the third-best draw control total (185) and the third-best caused turnover total (140) in school history.

Kiwi Comizio
Attacker | New Vernon, N.J. | Oak Knoll

Captained team ... Academic All-American 2013 ... Prep A Player of the Year 2012 ... All Prep A 2012 ... Second team all-state 2012 ... All-Stars & Stripes Conference South Player 2012 ... All-Union County Player 2012 ... Best Offensive Award 2012 ... Also played field hockey and was team captain ... Third team NFHCA National All-American 2013 ... First Team NFHCA All-Region 2013 ... Two-time all-state in field hockey (first team 2013, third team 2012) ... First team all-conference in field hockey 2012 and 2013 ... First team All-Union County in field hockey 2012 and 2013 ... North NJ All-Star in field hockey 2013 ... First team non-public group in field hockey 2013 ... First team Group 1 in field hockey 2012 ... Earned field hockey team's best defensive award 2012 and 2013 ... Field hockey team was Union County Champions and conference champions three times (2011, 2012 and 2013) ... Field hockey team was Non-Public Group Champions in 2013 ... Field hockey team was Group 1 Champions in 2012 ... Wrote for school's Spanish newsletter ... Ninth grade Peer Leader ... Volunteer peer tutor.

Notes: Also on field hockey team at Yale ... Has multiple Ivy League athletes in her immediate family ... Father played football at Penn ... Mother played field hockey and lacrosse at Penn ... Aunt and uncle played lacrosse at Harvard.

Why Yale? "The exceptional academics and competitive athletic programs drew me to Yale more than any other school. The community at Yale also felt like the right place for me when I visited, especially the residential colleges."

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