Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/16/14
From Press Release
With roughly a week left until students arrive on campus for the 2014-15 academic year, women’s lacrosse head coach Jenny Graap (West Chester East) 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 Harriton (PA) defender Hilary Lemonick, 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.
– Defenders –
Hilary Lemonick | D | Wynnewood, Pa. | Harriton High School
Lemonick was a two-sport athlete at Harriton, lettering all four years in both cross country and lacrosse. A stalwart defender, she started from day one, helping Harriton to four consecutive PIAA Playoffs, including a District I and State Championship in her junior season. Locally, she appeared on the All Central League and All Main Line teams each of her four seasons, earning first team recognition as a senior. She was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All Southeastern Pennsylvania First Team her senior season. Nationally, she earned US Lacrosse All-America and Under Armour All-America recognition at the conclusion of her senior season. She also was a Pansini & Mezrow First Team Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll honoree.
At the tournament level, Lemonick was selected to play for the Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association at the National Tournament in each of her first three seasons at Harriton. She broke onto the national scene after her sophomore season, as she played for the Philadelphia Elite Stars in the Under Armour Underclassmen Tournament held annually at Towson University. She was named to the All-Tournament Team and was recognized by Inside Lacrosse as a Top 10 Recruit in the United States. Her senior season she was the only defenseman to garner substantial consideration for the Nike/US Lacrosse Mid Atlantic Player of the Year Award. She wrapped up her prep career at the Ninth Annual Under Armour Lacrosse Classic, which featured the top senior lacrosse players in the country.
Lemonick showed equal dedication to her studies. She appeared on the Harriton HS Honor Roll each of her four years, while she was an active member of the Distinguished Scholar’s Program. She was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American in both her junior and senior years. She is still narrowing down her major between communications or a business related; however, she will enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
In Her Own Words
“Cornell had the entire package of what I was looking for: an excellent coaching staff, outstanding academic opportunities, tremendous campus facilities, and an extremely welcoming college community.”
Anna Baumeister | D | Summit, N.J. | Summit High School
Baumeister was a three-sport athlete at Summit HS, participating in basketball and cross country in addition to lacrosse. She lettered in basketball and cross country in each of her four seasons, while she lettered in all three of her seasons playing lacrosse. She was captain of the basketball team in both her junior and senior seasons, while she captained cross country and lacrosse her senior season. She was named Second Team All-Union County in her both her sophomore and junior seasons for cross country.
Although Baumeister got a late start in lacrosse, not starting until her sophomore season, she quickly became one of the best players in the state of New Jersey. She garnered Second Team All Stars and Stripes Division recognition in her debut season as a sophomore, earning a spot on the Under Armour New Jersey Underclassmen Team. She again earned Second Team All Stars and Stripes Division her junior year, before breaking out in her senior season. In 2014, she led the Hilltoppers to their fifth consecutive Union County Championship, en route to a Group 2 State Championship. She was named First Team All-State, First Team All-Union County, and First Team All Stars and Stripes Division at the conclusion of the season.
Baumeister was also an accomplished student, graduating from Summit summa cum laude. She was named a US Lacrosse Academic All American in both her junior and senior years. She was also recognized as a 2014 Union County Scholar Athlete. She plans to major in food science and will enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
In Her Own Words
“I chose Cornell for the tremendous academic opportunities, as well as the chance to play for a highly competitive lacrosse program. Cornell and Ithaca offer everything I would want out of my college experience.”
– Midfielders –
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.
In Her Own Words
“I was initially drawn to Cornell because of the combination of challenging academics and competitive athletics. Once I visited the beautiful campus and got to know the team, I knew it was the right place for me.”
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.
In Her Own Words
“I chose Cornell because I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff and current team. I am excited to be coming in with my high school teammate Cait Callahan and to join my former high school teammates Amie Dickson and Abby Hanson.”
Paige Craig | M | Wantagh, N.Y. | Wantagh High School
Craig was three-sport athlete during her impressive career at Wantagh HS. She was a four year letter winner in cross country and basketball, in addition to her four outstanding seasons on the lacrosse team. She served as team captain for all three sports her senior year.
Craig showed impressive growth throughout her lacrosse career at Wantagh, emerging as one of the top talents in the Northeast during her final season. She helped the Warriors to a conference championship in her sophomore season, while also earning All-Nassau County Honorable Mention in her sophomore and junior seasons. She broke out with an amazing senior season, earning All-Nassau County and Second Team All-Long Island recognition. The accolades continued at the conclusion of the season, as she garnered US Lacrosse All-America recognition. She was also selected to take part in the Long Island All-American All-Star Game, pitting all-stars from Nassau County against all-stars from Suffolk County.
As remarkable as her on-field honors were, Craig’s dedication in the classroom was equally, if not more, impressive. She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language National Honor Society, appearing on the Wantagh Honor Roll every quarter of her high school career. She was recognized at the local level, earning Scholar Athlete awards in both basketball and lacrosse. At the national level, she was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American and was also the recipient of The United States Army Scholar Athlete Award her senior year. Craig also received several honors for exemplary academic achievement specific to Wantagh HS, including: Dr. Terrence O’Connor Scholarship, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and the Wantagh HS Spagnolo Memorial Scholarship. She will enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell with Communication as her intended major.
In Her Own Words
“Cornell was the perfect fit for me. When going through my recruiting process, I was looking for a school with great academics along with great athletics. When Cornell began recruiting me, I knew I couldn’t turn down such a great opportunity. I love the campus and felt very welcomed by the lacrosse team and coaching staff.”
Ida Farinholt | M | Richmond, Va. | St. Catherine’s School
Farinholt was also a three-sport athlete in high school. She participated in field hockey and indoor track in addition to the lacrosse at the St. Catherine School. She lettered all four years in field hockey and lacrosse, in addition to three years in indoor track. Farinholt had a successful lacrosse career for the Saints. She was named All League of Independent Schools her final three seasons. She earned Second Team All-State recognition her senior season, while she had a fantastic junior season, earning First Team All-State and US Lacrosse honorable mention All-America recognition. She also earned the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award following her senior season at St. Catherine School.
She was also a major contributor on the track team, helping St. Catherine’s to three consecutive Virginia State Championships. She set school records in both the long jump and high jump. She also was a major contributor on the Virginia State Champion field hockey teams in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She was named First Team All-Metro and First Team All-State in each of her junior and senior seasons.
Farinholt was an extremely active member of the school community. She served as a peer advisor during her sophomore and junior years, while she was nominated for the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Leadership Award as a senior. Like several of her peers, she has yet to select a major and will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell.
In Her Own Words
“I chose Cornell because of the high level of competitiveness both on the field and in the classroom. I hope to improve as both a player and a teammate.”
Taylor Reed | M | Honeoye Falls, N.Y. | Honeoye Falls-Lima High School
Reed was a multi-sport athlete at Honeoye Falls-Lima, participating in basketball and soccer in addition to lacrosse. She lettered in basketball and soccer in her sophomore through senior years, while she lettered in lacrosse all four years. She was named First Team All-Monroe County, while she garnered All Greater Rochester Honorable Mention recognition in both her sophomore and junior soccer seasons. She also was named Second Team All-Monroe County in basketball her senior year. Her impressive versatility as a multi-sport athlete earned her the Herbert J. Worboys Athletic Award for being the top three-sport senior athlete at Honeoye Falls-Lima HS.
In lacrosse, she led the Cougars to four consecutive New York State Tournament appearances, twice advancing to the championship game. She earned Second Team All-Monroe County in her sophomore season, before taking step forward in her final two seasons. She was named First Team All-Monroe County in each of her final two seasons, while she was named All Greater Rochester Player of the Year for 2014. She led Honeoye Falls-Lima HS to the state championship game in her senior season en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team. She was named a US Lacrosse All-American at the conclusion of her senior season.
Reed was also a dedicated student in the classroom. She appeared on the High Honor Roll each of her four years, while she was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years. She was also the recipient of several awards, including the Genesee Advanced Studies Program Outstanding Scholar Award and the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. Reed was also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, while she was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American her senior year. She intends to major in biology and will enroll in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, with the hopes to pursue dentistry school in the future.
In Her Own Words
“Cornell was the perfect school for me. The strong academics, paired with the amazing athletics, were the ideal match for me. The beautiful location of the campus sealed the deal.”