Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/4/09
From Press Releases
Eight student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Villanova in the fall of 2010 and will compete in women’s lacrosse for the university in the 2011 season, it was announced recently.
“We are once again excited to be welcoming in an exceptional group of student-athletes to Villanova University,” stated head coach Jebb Chagan. “We are especially excited in that this is the first class in the history of our program to be able to sign the National Letter of Intent.
“All of us, including our coaching staff and the members of this incoming class, feel especially indebted to Villanova University and to all the Villanova women’s lacrosse players and alumni who have laid the groundwork for us. I have no doubt that these talented young women will help the Villanova women’s lacrosse program continue in its’ success on the athletic field, in the classroom and throughout the community.”
The crop of eight signees is among the most gifted in program history. Below is a thumbnail sketch of each member of the class that will arrive on campus in the fall of 2010.
Meredith Tull was a four-year varsity starter at Annapolis (Md.) Christian School. She was an IAAMC All-Star as a junior (2008) and senior (2009) and two-time captain who also earned four varsity letters in field hockey. She played her club lacrosse for Chesapeake Club Lacrosse (CCLAX). Her classmates at Annapolis Christian School voted Tull “most athletic” in her senior class.
Like Tull, Caitlin Yackus is from Annapolis, Md. She attended Spalding High School and was a Under Armour D.C. All-American and on the National School Girls first team in 2009. She also lettered in basketball and track at Spalding.
Alexandra Bradenburg is a midfielder who produced 75 points in 2009, including 58 goals and 17 assists. She was listed as a “rising junior” by Inside Lacrosse magazine in 2008 and was also an Under Armour D.C. All-American in ’09 and a second team all-county selection by the Capital Gazette.
Amy Begay was a four-year varsity letter winner at lacrosse and also earned letters in cross country as well. She attended North Harford High School.
Christine O’Reilly attends Smithtown (N.Y.) East High School on Long Island and has been a stalwart there in the defensive midfield for three seasons. She was an Under Armour Underclassmen All-American in 2009 and also picked up four varsity letters in field hockey.
Ali Judge played her club lacrosse for the Maryland United National Tournament DC Metro team and excelled at the high school level playing for St. Mary’s High School.
Katie Collopy hails from Glen Rock, N.J., and was North Jersey’s sophomore of the year in 2008. In 2009 she was first team all-suburban and has finished in the top 10 in points in Bergen County in each of the past three seasons (2007-09). This athlete, who can play on the attack or in the midfield, played her club lacrosse for Metro Magic.
Carolina Guidera also can play midfield or the attack and is now a senior at Holy Child High School in Potomac, Md. She has picked up three varsity letters in lacrosse and field hockey and is yet another member of the Under Armour DC All-American team.