Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/15
from Press Release
Yale welcomes six freshmen to the roster for 2015-2016, the team’s first season with Erica LaGrow as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse.
The Class of 2019 represents five different states and consists of midfielder Amanda Bosland (Basking Ridge, N.J.), goalkeeper Allie Carrigan (Lansdale, Pa.), midfielder Izzy Nixon (Greenwich, Conn.), defender Eliot Schulte (Hopewell, N.J.), attacker Julia Sullivan (Manhasset, N.Y.) and attacker/midfielder Addie Zinsner (Alexandria, Va.).
The newcomers bring impressive credentials to New Haven. They have all served in leadership roles while in high school — four were lacrosse team captains, and two served as captains of other sports (Bosland in soccer and Carrigan in field hockey). They have earned multiple honors for their performance on the field, including three who have been named All-American (Nixon, Schulte and Zinsner). Their work in the classroom has been recognized in many ways, including five who have been named Academic All-Americans (Bosland, Carrigan, Schulte, Sullivan and Zinsner). They have been a part of successful teams, including four who were part of championships at either the conference, county or state levels (Bosland, Nixon, Schulte and Sullivan).
They new Bulldogs have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, including volunteering for organizations and groups such as Soccer Buddies for special needs children (Bosland), Tree House Books promoting literacy (Carrigan), Breast Cancer Research Foundation (Sullivan) and McKenna Hypothermia Center (Zinsner). They have made service trips to places such as Jamaica (Nixon, for Lax Volunteer Corps/Fields of Growth) and New Orleans (Sullivan, for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts), and have worked with children in roles including assistant CCD teacher with St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Zinsner).
Their talents also extend beyond the playing field; one had artwork displayed at the Long Island Children’s Museum and C.W. Post and has played piano at Carnegie Hall (Sullivan). Another was published in a peer-reviewed medical journal while she was a research assistant at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine (Nixon).
The newcomers join a roster that also has plenty of returning veterans looking to make an impact in the first season under LaGrow, who was a part of five straight NCAA Tournament appearances as an assistant coach at Florida. Yale returns 26 players from last year’s team, including six players who made at least nine starts. Four starters return from the defense, which ranked 18th in the nation (8.67 goals allowed per game).
Germantown Academy: Academic All-American 2014, 2015 … Team captain 2015 … First team All Inter-Ac 2013-2015 … Team MVP 2013, 2015 … Also captained field hockey team … NFHCA National Academic Squad 2014 … Field hockey team MVP 2014 … First team All Inter-Ac in field hockey 2013, 2014 … Kelso High Scorer Award in field hockey 2013 … First team All-Intelligencer in field hockey 2013 … MVP of GA/PC Day (school rivalry game) in field hockey 2012 … Received multiple school honors for overall achievement in both scholarship and athletics: Lyons Memorial Prize (2015), Gummey Memorial Prize (2014) and Leopold Memorial (2012) … Cum Laude … Deans List high honors for academics all semesters 2012-15 … Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society for Mathematics.
Notes: Volunteered with non-profit Tree House Books, working to promote literacy in Philadelphia … Has played guitar since fifth grade … Played in high school with current Yale teammate Cooper Hall.
Why Yale? “Yale’s strengths as an institution are innumerable and go far beyond academic and athletic realms. Though undeniably those were a draw, the final hook was the altogether welcoming atmosphere that I felt on campus and on the fields every time I visited.”
The Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville School: Honorable Mention All-American 2015 … Academic All-American 2014, 2015 … Team captain 2015 … First team All-MAPL 2014, 2015 … Trentonian first team All-Prep 2014, 2015 …First team All-Prep 2015 … Trenton Times first team All-Prep 2015 … Trentonian defensive player of the year 2015 … Team MVP 2015 … NJISAA Prep All Star 2014 … Trenton Times second team All-Area 2014 … Played varsity all four years … Team was MAPL champions all four years … Also played freshmen field hockey, JV and varsity basketball (captain of JV) … Ropes course instructor … Very involved in politics and political organizations at school … Lead in school’s production of The Secret Garden, and in production of The Importance of Being Earnest … Directed a play called Remedial English … Awarded the Trustee’s Cup, one of the two most prestigious awards given to a member of the senior class.
Club team: Played for Ultimate Lacrosse.
Notes: Worked for three summers at program called Summer Stars, an arts and remedial program for disadvantaged youth … Multiple Ivy Leaguers in her immediate family: father, Kurt Schulte, graduated from Princeton in 1982 and played varsity basketball and track; mother, Kris Schulte, graduated from Princeton in 1983 and played varsity field hockey and lacrosse; sister, Sarah Schulte, graduated from Penn in 2014.
Why Yale? “I fell in love with Yale as soon as I stepped on campus and the more that I learned about the school, like the strength of the humanities program, the residential college system, and the extensive theater opportunities, the more I knew it was the place I wanted to be. Yale is a community that is so rich with different ideas, people, and opportunities, and I feel so lucky that I will get to be a part of it.”
Basking Ridge, N.J.
Ridge: Academic All-American 2014 and 2015 … Honorable Mention All-Skyland Conference 2014 … Ridge was Somerset County Champions 2012-14, Skyland Conference Champions 2013-15 and North NJ Group IV State Sectional Champions (2014) … Played four years on varsity … Also played varsity soccer for four years … Voted team captain, team player award senior season in soccer … Ridge Soccer was NJ State Group IV Finalists 2011, 2012; Somerset County Champions 2013; Skyland Conference Champions 2014 … AP Scholar with Honor … National Honor Society Member.
Club Team: Played for T3 Elite.
Notes: Represented North NJ Team 1 at Schoolgirls National Tournament 2013 … Selected for Elite 120 showcase 2013 … Enjoys working with special needs children — participated in several programs dedicated to the cause throughout all four years of high school, such as “Peer Mentors” and “Soccer Buddies”.
Why Yale? “The overwhelming sense of tradition, community, and passion for academics from the student body, coupled with the chemistry and work ethic of the lacrosse team, made Yale a perfect fit for me. From my first visit to campus, I knew Yale’s environment would be most conducive to my academic, athletic, and personal growth.”
Greenwich Academy: Two-time first team All-American … Team captain 2015 … Earned team’s Wyman Award for Excellence in Lacrosse 2015 … Set draw control record (421) … Four-year starter … NEPSAC All-League … FAA All-League … USA TODAY’s All-USA Connecticut Girls All Star Team … Greenwich Academy was FAA league champions three out of last four years, ranked top five in NEPSAC in three of last four years … Also played field hockey and squash … Field hockey team was 2012 NEPSAC Champions … AP Scholar with Distinction … Founded Greenwich Academy’s GirlUp Club, part of a UN Foundation initiative that helps hard-to-reach adolescent girls escape from poverty through education; represented Connecticut at National Summit In Washington, D.C. … Graduated with High Honors.
Club Team: Played for CT Grizzlies.
Notes: Published in a peer-reviewed medical journal in 2015 while a research assistant at Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine … Lax Volunteer Corps Coach, Fields of Growth — coached lacrosse at five schools in Jamaica toward building pride and a national team; partnered with Jamaican Volunteers Foundation to support social service/educational programs in Riverton/Kingston community … Has hiked 19 U.S. National Parks … Loves participating in triathlons, scuba diving and photography … Parents are both Ivy Leaguers (graduated from Princeton).
Why Yale: “After attending a Yale Science and Engineering Forum, I was hooked. The professors were so passionate, engaged and accessible. When I met the lacrosse team, I knew it was the perfect fit all around. They know how to combine serious competition with a spirit of collaboration and humor that takes the student-athlete concept to a new level.”
Manhasset: Academic All-American 2015 … Scholar Athlete 2014 … Injured end of junior and senior years … Selected for Long Island All-American Game 2014 and 2015 … Team was county champions 2014, Long Island champions 2014, state champions 2014 and conference champions 2015 … Also played field hockey and basketball (freshman to junior years) … Academic All-American in field hockey 2014 … NFHCA National Academic Squad 2014 … All-county in field hockey 2013 … Scholar Athlete in field hockey 2012 and 2013 … Injured for field hockey senior year … Field hockey team was Nassau County Champions 2012 … One of seven student-athletes from Manhasset chosen to represent school at an Athletic Leadership Conference … High Honor Achievement Award in Art … Art was displayed at the Long Island Children’s Museum and C.W. Post … National Honors Society … Italian National Honors Society … Student representative in Exemplars Society … Member of Student Senate … Gold Honor Roll … Presidential Academic Award for Excellence … AP Scholar with Honors … Service Citizenship Award.
Club Team: Played for Long Island Yellow Jackets 2015 Blue … Lax for the Cure Champions 2010, 2011, 2012 … Lax Inception Champions 2010, 2011, 2012 … National Draw Champions 2010, 2011, 2012 … Ocean City Champions 2010, 2011, 2012 … Galaxy National Champions 2010, 2011 … Undefeated for three years.
Notes: Spent two weeks in New Orleans repairing damage from Hurricane Katrina 2012 … Volunteered at Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York City 2014 … Plays piano; has played at Carnegie Hall.
Why Yale? “I chose Yale because it offers a tremendous combination of academic excellence with an incredible legacy of athletics. Yale is big enough to offer a wide variety of educational choices and provide every opportunity for a promising career, yet small enough to maintain a ‘personal’ character.”
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
Georgetown Visitation: First team US Lacrosse All-American 2015 … Academic All-American 2015 … Team captain … All-ISL 2015 … Honorable mention Washington Post All-Met … Georgetown Visitation was ISL runner-up 2012-15 … Also played field hockey … NFHCA Academic All American 2014 … Team was ISL field hockey co-champs 2015 … Sister Bernadine Award for field hockey 2015 … Visitation Presidents Volunteer Service Bronze Award (100 hours of Christian Service) … Visitation Think Pink Club … Christian Service Club … Visitation Mary Margaret Spirit Award 2015.
Club Team: Played for Capital Lacrosse 2015 Blue … Selected for Team HLA Vail 2015.
Notes: Under Armour All-American Underclass Team Washington DC 2013 … DC National Tournament Teams 2013, 2014 … Head Co-Coach Grade 7/8, Elevation Lacrosse (summer 2015) … Assistant Counselor, Rockbrook Camp for Girls, Brevard, N.C. (summers 2013 and 2014) … St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assistant CCD Teacher, Kindergarten … Volunteer, McKenna Hypothermia Center, Gonzaga College High School … Volunteer, Christ House, Alexandria … Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association, Assistant Coach Girls’ Lacrosse 2014 (3/4 A Team); 2013 (3/4 A Team) … Oldest of four children … Interests include history, government, skiing, fitness and coaching/officiating lacrosse … Mother played lacrosse at Holy Cross … High school teammates (field hockey and women’s lacrosse) with current Yale teammate Tess McEvoy.
Why Yale? “I am so excited and proud to be a part of the Yale community. Yale offers the best combination of academics, tradition of excellence, and athletics of any school in the country! I cannot wait to contribute to Yale in the classroom and on the field! Go Bulldogs!”