Lehigh Announces Incoming Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2018

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh head lacrosse coach Jill Redfern announced the program's incoming class of 2018 on Thursday. It includes eight student-athletes from four states. The class will join a strong return cast of Mountain Hawks for the 2015 season.

"Our returning players and coaching staff are excited to welcome our newest Mountain Hawks to campus," said Redfern. "This group of eight spans all position groups and will add talent and depth to our roster. We look forward to the many outstanding contributions these student-athletes will make to our lacrosse program, the university and the Bethlehem Community."

Here is a rundown of the incoming players:

Nicolette Dunphy A Fair Haven, N.J. Computer Science and Business
Dunphy was a four-year varsity lacrosse letterwinner at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, earning first team All-Shore, second team All-State and honorable mention All-America in 2014 with 115 total points (77 goals, 38 assists) to reach 220 points for her career (154 goals, 66 assists). She also earned the team's Best Offensive Player award. Dunphy was a 2013 second team All-Shore honoree, also garnering the team's Unsung Hero award and becoming a Team 2 New Jersey School Girls Selection. She won the United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award and was featured as a 2014 preseason Top 5 Player to Watch. Dunphy also earned one varsity letter for field hockey. In the classroom, she was a two-time Academic All-American, graduating with a 4.75 GPA in the top one percent of her class. She was an AP Scholar and member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.

Melanie Durbin M Randolph, N.J. Engineering
A three-star athlete at Randolph High School, Durbin won four varsity letters in lacrosse and two each in basketball and soccer. In lacrosse, Durbin earned first team All-Conference and honorable mention All-Morris County in 2012. The year prior, Durbin was named first team All-Morris County, helping lead Randolph to the Morris County Championship. Durbin also garnered second team All-Conference laurels in 2010. Durbin excelled in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society. She was a member of the Student Government Association and received National Merit Scholar honorable mention.

Kayleen Kelly D Ellicott City, Md. Engineering
Kelly was an impressive two-sport student-athlete at Centennial High School in Maryland. She was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain in both lacrosse and field hockey. She was a second team All-County honoree in both sports as a senior, earning honorable mention in field hockey as a junior. Kelly ended the 2014 lacrosse season with 27 goals, 12 assists, six caused turnovers, 14 groundballs and 49 draw controls. She was awarded Female Athlete of the Year for Centennial High School. Strong in the classroom, Kelly received the Athlete Scholar Award all four years during the fall and spring seasons. She graduated in the top six percent of Centennial High School's Class of 2014 with a weighted GPA of 4.57.

Alexis King M/A Berwyn, Pa. Arts and Sciences
A standout for Conestoga High School, King was a member of the PASLA National Team as a junior and senior. She also earned second team All-Main Line and second team All-Central League in 2014. Also as a senior, King received the Morgan Kelly Award and was named Attack MVP while garnering the Unsung Hero award her junior campaign. Strong in the classroom, King was named to the Academic Honor Roll throughout high school.

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