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Women’s recruits: Villanova announces incoming freshman class

Monday, 15th October 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/15/12
From Press Release

Villanova women’s lacrosse Head Coach Julie Young (Germantown Academy) welcomed the addition of 15 student-athletes for the 2012-2013 academic year.

The Class of 2016 features one all-america selection, one all-state honoree, 12 all-conference performers, 12 multi-sport athletes and eight academic all-americans. The freshman class also includes a balanced mix of five attackmen, five midfielders, four defensemen and one goalkeeper.

Joining the Wildcats this fall are Kendall Cietek (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland), Mackenzie Cietek (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland), Maddie Considine (Hinsdale, Ill./St. Ignatius). Courtney Cross (Great Falls, Va./Bishop O’Connell), Kelsey Denihan (Manhasset, N.Y./Friends Academy), Jaclyn Fraum (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland), Shannon Galvin (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll), Tierney Griff (Summit, N.J./The Pingry School), Chelsey Henderson (West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional), Maggie Lewis (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn), Alex Murphy (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), Caroline Rizzo (Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy), Olivia Schneider (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s), Erica Sklar (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Friends Academy) and Nikki Sortisio (Arnold, Md./Broadneck).

#47 Kendall Cietek
Attack – 5’7”
Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland
Guilderland: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches McHerron and Chatnik… Helped guide Guilderland to 2010, 2011 and 2012 league championships… Vital member of the 2010 Section 2 Championship and NYS Regional Finalist teams… Selected as a 2011 and 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American… Named a 2011 and 2012 Section 2 All-Star… Chosen to the 2011 WDNT Adirondack Team… Also lettered in track and swimming, where she was an all-state performer and school record holder… Named a New York State Scholar-Athlete, earning High Honors all four years… Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born May 6th, 1994 in Schenectady, N.Y… Parents are Scott and Nora Cietek… Siblings are Zachary and Mackenzie… Brother, Zachary, is a current member of the swim team at The College of the Holy Cross, while sister, Mackenzie is a current teammate at Villanova… Enrolled as a Chemical Engineering major in the School of Engineering.

#45 Mackenzie Cietek
Midfield – 5’8”
Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland
Guilderland: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches McHerron and Chatnik… Helped guide Guilderland to 2010, 2011 and 2012 league championships… Vital member of the 2010 Section 2 Championship and NYS Regional Finalist teams… Selected as a 2011 and 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American… Named a 2011 and 2012 Section 2 All-Star… Chosen to the 2011 WDNT Adirondack Team… Also lettered in track and swimming, where she was an all-state performer and school record holder… Named a New York State Scholar-Athlete, earning High Honors all four years… Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born May 6th, 1994 in Schenectady, N.Y… Parents are Scott and Nora Cietek… Siblings are Zachary and Kendall… Brother, Zachary, is a current member of the swim team at The College of the Holy Cross, while sister, Kendall is a current teammate at Villanova… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#37 Maddie Considine
Defense – 5’6”
Hinsdale, Ill./St. Ignatius
St. Ignatius: Earned three varsity letters under Head Coach Audra Rupinskas, serving as a two-time team captain and collecting 65 goals, 19 assists, 117 ground balls, 59 draw controls and 41 caused turnovers in her high school career… 2012 Honorable Mention All-State selection… Named to the 2012 IHSWLA Chicago Metro All-Conference team… Selected as an alternate to the 2011 US Lacrosse Great Lakes National Tournament Team… 2012 team MVP and 2009 most improved player… Earned academic honors all four years… Member of the National Latin Honor Society.
Personal: Born January 30th, 1994 in Hinsdale, Ill… Parents are James and Katie Considine… One brother, Jake… Father was a member of the swimming and diving team at Notre Dame… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#38 Courtney Cross
Attack – 5’6”
Great Falls, Va./Bishop O’Connell
Bishop O’Connell: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches Meghan Thompson and Ali Shafer and set the Bishop O’Connell school record for career points… Named the 2012 Arlington County Sportswoman of the Year… 2012 First Team All-WCAC Conference selection… Earned 2010 and 2009 Second Team All-WCAC Conference laurels… 2011 Academic All-American… 2012 and 2011 team MVP… Also earned varsity letters in swimming and field hockey… Member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society.
Personal: Born November 23rd, 1993 in Fairfax, Va… Parents are Peyton and Leslie Cross… Siblings are Ashley and Shannon… Father, Peyton, was a member of the lacrosse team at Mount St. Mary’s and sister, Ashley, will play lacrosse at Monmouth… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#46 Kelsey Denihan
Attack – 5’6”
Manhasset, N.Y./Friends Academy
Friends Academy: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches Jamie Basile and Kelly Moritz, serving as team captain… Named a 2011 and 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American… 2011 all-county selection… Named 2012 MVP of the varsity team and Friends Academy Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year… 2010 honorable mention all-county selection… Led the team in points and goals for three consecutive seasons and assists in 2011 and 2012… Also lettered in soccer, where she was a member of the New York State Championship team in 2011… Member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
Personal: Born September 28th, 1994 in New York, N.Y… Parents are Laurence and Ann Denihan (Villanova ’87)… Siblings are Correy, Riley, Ranait and Quentin… Was the high school teammate of current women’s lacrosse player Erica Sklar… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#24 Jaclyn Fraum
Goalkeeper – 5’4”
Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland
Pittsford Southerland: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coach Heidi Rasmussen, serving as a team captain during her senior season and guiding the team to a New York State Championship appearance… Named a 2012 First Team All-County selection… Earned 2012 All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention laurel and was selected as the 2012 Defensive MVP of the Herb Fitch Senior All-Star game… 2011 Academic All-American and Second Team All-County selection… Earned the 2011 Brine Award at the New York State Championship Tournament… Helped lead Pittsford Sutherland to consecutive Section V Championships in 2010 and 2011…. Four year member of the Honor Roll and named an AP Scholar in 2011 and 2012.
Personal: Born July 1st, 1994 in Rochester, N.Y… Parents are Steve and Rose Fraum… One brother, Lane… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#2 Shannon Galvin
Midfield – 5’6”
Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll
Oak Knoll: Earned varsity letters in lacrosse, basketball, cross country and swimming… Captained the lacrosse team in her senior year… Led Oak Knoll to a 2010 State Championship.
Personal: Born August 2nd, 1993… Siblings are Patrick and Claire… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#34 Tierney Griff
6’0”, Midfield
Summit, N.J./The Pingry School
The Pingry School: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches Carter Abbott and Allison DiNardo, leading the team to a 2010 and 2011 conference championship… Member of the 2011 Group 1 State Finalist team… 2011 First Team All-Conference… 2011 Girls Lacrosse Cup recipient… Led the team in assists during her junior and senior seasons… Also lettered in soccer and basketball, earning first team all-conference accolades in basketball in 2011 and serving as team captain… Honor Roll student.
Personal: Born November 14th, 1992 in Summit, N.J… Parents are John and Mary Ellen… Siblings are Conor, Liam, Morgan and Raniat… Liam was a member of the Harvard men’s lacrosse team, Morgan was a member of Penn women’s lacrosse team, Ranait is a member of the Fordham basketball team and parents both played basketball at Holy Cross… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#10 Chelsey Henderson
Midfield – 5’5”
West Long Branch, N.J./Shore Regional
Shore Regional: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coach George Moutis, captaining the team to a division championship during her senior season… Tallied 133 career goals and 72 career assists… Named a 2012 Honorable Mention All-American and Second Team All-State selection… Earned 2012 First Team All-Shore and All-Division laurels… 2012 all-star game MVP… 2011 First Team All-Shore and all-division honoree and team offensive MVP… 2010 Second Team All-Shore and All-Division selection… Also earned four varsity letters in soccer where she was an all-conference recipient… Recipient of the 2012 United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award… Named valedictorian of her graduating class… Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born November 7th, 1993 in Long Branch, N.J… Parents are Craig and Anne Henderson… Siblings are Britney and Kyle… Father, Craig, played soccer and wrestled at SUNY-Farmingdale… Brother, Kyle, was a member of the North Carolina men’s lacrosse team from 2002-2006… Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

#41 Maggie Lewis
Defense – 5’6”
Auburn, N.Y./Auburn
Auburn: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coaches Lighton and Musso… 2012 and 2011 Academic All-American… 2012 and 2011 First Team All-League… 2010 Second Team All-League… 2009 All-League Honorable Mention.
Personal: Born June 4th, 1993 in Auburn, N.Y… Parents are Tom and Jean Lewis… Siblings are Sean, Ryan and Brendan… Brother, Ryan, was a member of the Villanova Men’s Lacrosse team from 2005-2009 and Brendan was a member of the Men’s Lacrosse team at the United States Naval Academy from 2009-2012…. Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#22 Alex Murphy
Attack – 5’9”
Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius
Fayetteville-Manlius: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coach Kate Noel, captaining the team during her senior season and named team offensive player of the year… Collected 117 career points during her four-year high school career… Honored as a 2012 Academic All-American… Named a 2012 First Team All-CNYCL American League selection… 2010 and 2011 Honorable Mention All-CNYCL American League… Also lettered in swimming where she was an all-league performer… Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born January 25th, 1994 in Syracuse, N.Y… Parents are Michael and Karen Murphy… One brother, Andrew, is a current member of the lacrosse team at Catholic University in Washington, D.C… Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

#42 Caroline Rizzo
Attack – 5’10”
Hingham, Mass./Notre Dame Academy
Notre Dame Academy: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coach Meredith Frank… 2012 Patriot Ledger and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team selection… Earned the 2012 Coaches Award following the conclusion of her senior season… Also lettered in field hockey and indoor track… Earned the Team Academic Award all four years of her high school career for having a GPA over 3.0.
Personal: Born June 29th, 1994 in Annapolis, Md… Parents are Charles and Barbara Rizzo… Siblings are Charlie and Gregory… Both brothers played club lacrosse at John Carroll University and South Carolina, respectively… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#31 Olivia Schneider
Defense – 5’10”
Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s
St. Paul’s: Earned two varsity letters until Head Coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland… Earned the 2011 Varsity Lacrosse Coach’s Award…. Also lettered in basketball… Four year member of the Academic Roll.
Personal: Born February 12, 1994 in Baltimore, Md… Parents are Ron and Rosemary Schneider… Siblings are Michael and Abby… Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

#30 Erica Sklar
Midfield – 5’8”
Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Friends Academy
Friends Academy: Earned four varsity letters under Head Coach Kelly Moritz… Named a 2010, 2011 and 2012 All-Conference Award winner… Also lettered in field hockey where she was a five time all-conference and all-county selection.
Personal: Born December 20th, 1993 in Manhasset, N.Y… Parents are Paul and Fran Sklar… Siblings are Spencer and Paige… Was the high school teammate of current Villanova lacrosse members Meredith Mangiarotti and Kelsey Denihan… Enrolled in the College of Nursing.

#7 Nikki Sortisio
Defense – 5’3”
Arnold, Md./Broadneck
Broadneck: Earned three varsity letters under Head Coach Karen Tengwall… Named a 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American… Also lettered in soccer and track… Member of the Honor Roll, President Model UN and named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Personal: Born November 6th, 1994 in Arnold, Md… Parents are Dave and Linda Sortisio… Siblings are Lexi and Jenna… Father was a member of the rugby team at SUNY Cortland… Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.

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