By Molly Tow
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/21/11
Garnet Valley rising senior attack AnnaElise Morello has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Yale University and begin the admissions process.
Morello earned All-Phillylacrosse.com honors in 2011 when she collected 62 goals and 108 assists and helped the Jaguars win their first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship.
Morello, who plays club lacrosse for Brandywine Majors, also earned US Lacrosse Academic All-American and played on the Philly team in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games and Philly 3 in the National Tournament. She is a member of the National Honor Society (GVHS Chapter) and the National Honor Society of Foreign Languages and received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and the Rotary Student of the Month. She also serves as Vice President of the Student Council.
Morello is interested in studying International Relations and/or Business while at Yale, with a possible focus in Law.
“The beauty of Yale is that they encourage freshman to come in as an undeclared major,” said Morello. “This will allow me to shop around and explore my interests in the classroom and community.
“It is one of the finest institutions in the academic world. Its reputation is worldwide and the networking community that will be available to me upon graduation is one not to be compared with any other.”
Morello will play for Henderson alum Anne Phillips, who also was head coach at Owen J. Roberts and later led Franklin & Marshall to a national championship.
“I am looking forward to playing for head coach Anne Phillips,” Morello said. “Her work ethic, drive and passion are incredible and she exemplifies Yale’s commitment to excellence in everything.”
Morello is the second to commit to Yale this year. Conestoga attack Britta Hjelm announced her commitment in the early spring.
Other Garnet Valley players that have made commitments to play college lacrosse are attack/midfield Halley Barnes (Rutgers), midfielder Ally Heavens (Penn State), and attack Kara Stroup (Temple).
Garnet Valley shared its first Central League title in 2011 and then placed second in the District 1 tournament before defeating district champ Downingtown East, 17-14, to finish 24-3 and claim the state title.
“The 2011 season was incredible,” said Morello. “Coach [Kate] Henwood and her staff made sure that it would not only be one filled with accomplishments, but one filled with lessons as well.
“Our team concept and philosophy of playing as one was an idea that every player bought into early in the season and we never lost sight of that.”
Morello hopes to see the Jaguars continue their dominance next year.
“Obviously any team with a state title attached to their name wants to retain that title,” said Morello. “The challenge will not only be to repeat the experience, but to deal with the pressure that comes with repeating a feat that great.”
Morello would like to thank GV coaches Henwood, Amanda Kammas, Patrice Hughes and ChristyAnn Morello (her mother), her parents and sister, and her club field hockey coaches Amanda Fishwick and Chrissy Poplawski.
Note: All student-athletes must continue through the admissions process when applying to Ivy League schools.
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