Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/14/09
Germantown Academy senior midfielder Olivia Mann, who recently was named a first-team All-Inter-Ac League selection and served as a tri-captain this year, heads the list of six recruits for Columbia University’s class of 2013.
Columbia coach Kerri Whitaker announced the talented class, which will look to help the Lions improve upon their 2009 season that set a number of program records both individually and as a team. The Lions’ 9-6 overall record was a program best for wins in a season. The class of 2013 will add depth in all areas with the addition of two attackers, two midfielders and two defenders.
“Overall, this class will build on the success of this past year’s freshmen, who came into the program and helped make it better, stronger, and more competitive,” said Whitaker. “I expect the same from this incoming class — they are a talented group who have an opportunity to help Columbia Lacrosse continue to rise and build on our most successful season in program history. They are committed to our goal of being a recognizable force in the Ivy League, in the region, and beyond.”
Below is the class of 2013 with a quote from coach Whitaker.
Mann – of Rydal, Pa. – Germantown Academy: “A tall and athletic midfielder who is capable of making big plays. She has great reach and solid skills and can run the field. Her versatility is certainly an asset, and I think she has a lot of potential to develop.”
Mackenzie Gloven – La Jolla, Calif. – La Jolla (Attack): “A clever attacker with good vision and nice touch. Mackenzie is always looking to create, and things happen when she has the ball. She has quick hands and good stick skills and is a team-oriented player, so she should fit well in our offense.”
Kacie Johnson – Wilton, Conn. – Wilton (Attack): “Kacie is a good finisher. Her team has depended on her for goals for years now, and it shows in Kacie’s savvy and experience when she has the ball. She is also a good threat off-ball, and is something we are really excited about. She has good size and knows how to use it when she is trying to get open looks inside the eight meter.”
Maria Mazzarino – Longmeadow, Mass. – Longmeadow (Defense): “Maria is tough and hard-working, which is what I expect from defenders. She is a really coachable player who puts the team first and plays with a lot of spirit. We had Maria at camp and you could see how determined she is — to compete, to improve, to have fun.”
Mel Peterson – Binghamton, N.Y. – Binghamton (Midfield): “I like Melissa’s toughness. She has grit, and with her desire to compete combined with the versatility of a midfielder, she brings a lot of possibility. Melissa is also a smart player out there, too.”
Pauline Weissman – Bethesda, Md. – Greensboro Day School (Defense): “A smart defender from a developing area for lacrosse. Pauline is a cerebral player who is vocal and is comfortable taking command. She sees the field pretty well from the back and makes good reads.”