Cornell Welcomes Seven Recruits in Lacrosse Class of 2018

ITHACA, N.Y. With roughly a week left until students arrive on campus for the 2014-15 academic year, lacrosse head coach Jenny Graap has announced the incoming freshmen class for the upcoming season. The Class of 2018 looks to be very dynamic, as Graap continues to target versatile athletes for her system.

"Coach (Suzie) Friedrich, Coach (Karrie) Moore, and I are very excited to welcome Cornell's Class of 2018," Graap said. "Collectively the group brings excellent speed and intensity to our Big Red program. We value the work ethic and leadership traits each student-athlete has demonstrated. We look forward to adding their unique personalities and skill sets to our team."

The incoming freshmen will look to impact a young Big Red squad, which graduated just five seniors from a season ago. They will look to boost the team to its first Ivy League Championship since 2006.

The seven-member class travels to Ithaca from five different states and includes players from familiar high school programs such as New England lacrosse power Hotchkiss School and Rochester area power Honeoye Falls-Lima High School. The class is made up of five midfielders and two defenders; three of whom were named US Lacrosse first team All-Americans, with two more garnering honorable mention All-American honors during their high school careers.

Cait Callahan | M | Wilton, Conn. | Hotchkiss School
Callahan was a multi-sport standout from day one at the Hotchkiss School. She was a four-year letter winner in ice hockey and field hockey, in addition to her four-years on the lacrosse team. She led the Bearcats to Founders League and Western New England Championships in three of her four seasons (2011, 2013, and 2014). Showing an outstanding work ethic, her abilities continued to evolve throughout her four years at Hotchkiss. She was named a Founders League All-Star at the conclusion of her sophomore season in 2012. The following year she was named a New England All-Star, while also garnering US Lacrosse honorable mention All-America recognition. As a senior captain, she again earned honorable mention All-America recognition, while also receiving the 2014 Kelly Stone Lacrosse Prize presented to the member of the girl's lacrosse team who showed the highest levels of effort, loyalty, and performance.

She also had an impressive field hockey career, helping the team to four consecutive Founders League Championships and two New England Championships (2010 and 2011). She was named a Founders League All-Star her sophomore season, while she earned Western New England All-Star recognition as a senior captain.

While Callahan continued to reap accolades on the playing field, she maintained a steadfast work ethic in her studies as well. She was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American her senior season, bringing recognition to four years of excellence in the classroom. She was a fixture on the Hotchkiss School Honor Roll from 2012 through 2014, with her excellent academic achievement earning her membership into the AP Scholar's. She was also the recipient of the 2011 Upson Award, given to an individual who displays the highest levels of academic, athletic and civic achievement. She will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell until she narrows down her major.

Joey Coffy | M | Norwalk, Conn. | Hotchkiss School
Like several of her Class of 2018 peers, Coffy was also a three-sport athlete in high school. She participated in soccer and basketball, in addition to lacrosse, at the Hotchkiss School. She was an accomplished basketball player, gaining interest from collegiate programs for basketball as well.

Coffy's best sport was lacrosse, as she was a pivotal cog in the Bearcats march to the Founders League and Western New England Championships in three of her four seasons (2011, 2013, and 2014). She earned Western New England All-Star recognition in both her sophomore and senior seasons. At the conclusion of her senior season she was the recipient of the Goss Athletic Award, awarded to the senior girl who, in the opinion of the Athletic Director and coaches, has contributed the most to Hotchkiss athletics through her ability, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship. Coffy will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell until she settles on a major.

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