Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/22/12
from Press Release
Cornell coach Jenny Graap (West Chester East) and the Big Red women’s lacrosse team are proud to announce the 10 players who will be joining the squad this coming season. The Class of 2016 will replace nine outstanding seniors whose dedication and hard work elevated Cornell to a No. 13 national ranking in 2012.
The Big Red’s incoming class is composed of two defenders, five midfielders and three attackers, a diverse group that should help bolster Cornell for another successful run in 2013.
“The 2012 class is definitely exciting for us,” said head coach Jenny Graap. “We see a tremendous amount of potential in each of them, and collectively we feel this class has a strong understanding of our team’s mission and competitive goals. My assistants and I are confident that each of these outstanding scholar-athletes will embrace the work ethic of our Big Red program.”
Greer McBeth | Keene, N.H. | 5′ 6” | Phillips Andover Academy | Granite State Elite
A winner of her high school’s Abbot Athletic Award given for excellence in varsity athletics, McBeth captained her field hockey team and played forward on her ice hockey team. McBeth’s multiple-sport background will allow her to contribute in several positions during her Cornell career. She also took part in the NEPSAC All-Star lacrosse game last year. McBeth has excellent field sense and is one of the most versatile players in her class.
Catherine Moubayed | Wilton, Conn. | 5′ 4” | St. Mark’s School | Team REV
Moubayed, given her school’s Fearing Prize as its top female athlete, starred in field hockey and ice hockey as well as lacrosse. On the lacrosse field, she was twice an All-League selection and three times a New England Prep School all-star. She also played for the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament in 2010 and 2011 for a Lower New England team. She captained her field hockey team as a junior and senior – where she twice was named All-League – and she did the same with lacrosse. She has excellent positioning and quickness, and she is a feisty and aggressive defender who will challenge for a spot in the backfield.
Abby Hanson | Pennington, N.J.| 5′ 10” | Hotchkiss School | Tri State Black
Hanson had an excellent prep school career, starting strong by being the only underclassmen to make the varsity team as a freshman. She played for Lower New England at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament in 2011, earned Academic All-America status in 2011 and 2012, and was on the Under Armour New Jersey Underclass Lacrosse Team in 2011. Hanson was a senior captain in both lacrosse and soccer earning the Coaches Award at Hotchkiss for her soccer skills. A tall and aggressive lacrosse player, Hanson has the drive and intuition to get to loose balls and to come up with big plays between the restraining lines. Hanson’s speed and endurance will allow her to fight for playing time in our midfield unit. Hanson excels on the draw control and could play a role in that unit as well.
Maddie Kiep | Haddonfield, N.J. | Haddonfield Memorial HS | 5′ 10” | South Jersey Select Pink
Kiep helped build her high school’s lacrosse program, serving as team captain and scoring over 100 goals. A winner of her school’s “Three D’s” award for her determination, dedication and drive, Kiep was an All-Olympic Conference first team member for three consecutive years and was named to First Team All-South Jersey in 2011 and 2012. A focused, hard-working and athletic player, Kiep was also on the South Jersey team at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament as a sophomore and junior. Kiep was a strong basketball player and soccer player on decorated high school teams, where she served as captain for both squads, was named All-Conference for basketball and won a 2009 state championship in soccer. Her basketball background will serve her well as she competes for a spot in the midfield or the defensive units.
Taylor Kotas | Sunnyvale, Calif. | Saint Francis HS | 5′ 6” | Bay Area Wave
Kotas comes to Cornell as a four-time scholar athlete at Saint Francis High, a three-time First Team All-League member and a team captain as a senior. She won the Varsity Lacrosse Coaches Award in 2010 and played for the Northern California team at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament in 2011. Kotas was also part of teams in 2011 and 2012 that won the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League championships. Also a standout field hockey player, Kotas is one of the fastest players in the 2012 recruiting class. Her speed and aggressive style add to her potential in the midfield.
Brittany Marriott | Chatham, N.J. | Chatham HS | 5′ 6” | Steps Blue
A three-time state champion in high school (2010-12), Marriott comes to Cornell with a stellar resume. She was an Academic All-American in 2011 and 2012, was named to her All-County First Team in 2012, and was a team captain as a senior. The U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament saw Marriott participate as part of the North New Jersey Team in 2011. Marriott has excellent fundamentals and a sound understanding of both offensive and defensive strategy. She is a versatile player who could contribute in a number of positions on the field. She also spent time on the soccer field in high school, playing two seasons for Chatham as a midfielder.
Shelby McNeilly | Skaneateles, N.Y. | Skaneateles HS | 5′ 7”
McNeilly was the top goal scorer at Skaneateles High for two years, a captain as a senior and a member of the All-CNY Second Team in 2011 and First Team in 2012. She also earned Academic All-America honors once, twice won a league title and racked up 164 goals in her career. A fast and aggressive midfield player, McNeilly should challenge for a spot in the midfield right away. Besides lacrosse, McNeilly played three years of soccer as a defender and spent one season on the indoor track team as a sprinter at Skaneateles.
Olivia Mattyasovszky | Wakefield, R.I. | South Kingstown HS | 6′ 0” | Metacomets Select
Mattyasovszky enters Cornell with two state championships under her belt, as her teams won the DIII Rhode Island titles in 2009 and 2010. She was the MVP of both championship games those years, was named All-State in 2011 and 2012, and was a six-year captain for her club team, Metacomets Select. Mattyasovszky also played in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament for the Lower New England squad in 2011. A player with exciting strength and size, Mattyasovszky has a great attitude and will be expected to fight for a spot on attack as well as Cornell’s draw control unit. Apart from lacrosse, Mattyasovszky was a talented athlete on the volleyball and basketball courts. She was a four-year setter and outside hitter at South Kingstown and served as volleyball captain in 2011. She also played two years of basketball as a center and forward.
Jessica Schwab | Bryn Mawr, Pa. | Harriton HS | 5′ 6” | Phantastix Purple
An Academic All-American as a senior, Schwab was a talented recruit coming out of Pennsylvania. She made All-Phillylacrosse.com honors in 2012 and Central League Second Team her junior and senior years as an attacker and midfielder. Schwab also took part in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, playing for a Philly team in 2011. A skilled player with a terrific offensive game, Schwab’s dodging and finishing ability will allow her to compete for time early in her career. During a four-year high school career on the soccer pitch as a forward, Schwab also made honorable mention teams in 2008 and 2009.
Emily Tripodi | Syracuse, N.Y. | West Genesee HS | 5′ 6” | Star Riders
A decorated high school athlete at West Genesee, Tripodi enters Cornell as a two-time CNY Player of the Year, an ESPN East Region Player of the Week and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. A state champion during her senior year, Tripodi is a versatile athlete who captained her soccer and basketball teams along with lacrosse. In her sophomore, junior and senior years combined, she tallied 84 goals and 198 assists for 282 total points. Tripodi was also named Third Team All-CNY for soccer in 2010 and 2011. She has terrific vision and is a superb passer, finisher and crease attacker. She is poised with the ball and should contribute from the early stages of her career.