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Women’s recruits: Lehigh coach Redfern (Ursinus College) brings in four Philly players for Class of 2015

Monday, 11th July 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting, Posted 7/11/11
From Press Releases

Lehigh head women’s lacrosse coach Jill Redfern (Ursinus College) announced today the incoming class of 2015, which consists of nine student-athletes from Pennsylvania (four from Philly), New York and New Jersey who play a variety of positions. The group has excelled both on and off the field, with a number of them being named All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, or both.

“This class has big shoes to fill and we anticipate that they will be up to the challenge,” said Redfern. “We expect their collective competitive drive to impact the team immediately.”

“This class is composed of a highly talented group of individuals, both on the field and in the classroom,” said associate head coach Kelley Putnam. “We expect them to hit the ground running and contribute to the Lehigh community in all aspects throughout their four years. The heart and pride that they already possess indicates that they will leave their mark on Lehigh Women’s Lacrosse.”

The class consists of four natives of Pennsylvania, three from New York and two from New Jersey. Included are four midfielders, two attackers, a goalie and two who play both defense and midfield. They look to replace the loss of seniors Lauren Dykstra, Kindall Healy and Allison Thomas (Conestoga).

Brianna Buysse M Malvern, Pa. Notre Dame Academy Engineering
Buysse wrapped up her career at the Academy of Notre Dame in 2011 by scoring 36 goals, dishing 25 assists and adding 35 groundballs, 26 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. She was named the team’s Most Improved Player as a sophomore and then, the following year, she earned Honorable Mention All-Main Line in lacrosse. Also a star field hockey player, Buysse garnered Honorable Mention All-Delco, Second Team All-Main Line and First Team All-Inter-AC as a senior. She’s shown great leadership as captain for both the lacrosse and field hockey teams. Buysse was a four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse and three-year letterwinner in field hockey. A member of the National Honor Society, Buysse helped found the Honor Corps – a group that promotes and helps educate the younger girls about the honor code at Notre Dame. In the classroom, she earned Honors as a freshman and Distinguished Honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Coach Redfern on Buysee: “Speed and raw athleticism are Bree’s greatest attributes. We expect her to grow into a powerful contributor as she is already a fierce competitor.”

Emily Solenberger M Glenmoore, Pa. Downingtown East Biology
Out of Downingtown East, Solenberger was an Honorable Mention All-American and First Team All-Ches-Mont honoree in 2011. A year prior, she was recognized as ESPN Rise’s 12th best attacker and 40th best high school player in the nation. Solenberger earned All-Ches-Mont Second Team from 2009-10 and All-Area in 2009 (Honorable Mention) and ’10 (First Team). Also a cross country participant, she earned the Coach’s Award in both 2009 and ’11. Stellar in the classroom, Solenberger was a member of the National Honor Society from 2009-11 and Distinguished Honor Roll from the sixth through 12th grades. She also garnered the 2009 All-American Scholar Award (from the United States Achievement Academy) and was a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student.

Coach Redfern on Solenberger: “Emily is versatile midfielder who will be a presence on both ends of the field. She has great size and mental toughness.”

Carli Sukonik A Penn Valley, Pa. Harriton Engineering
A four-time offensive MVP and two-time Harriton High School Female Athlete of the Year, Sukonik scored over 300 career goals. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner and two-time captain, as both a junior and senior. Sukonik began her career with a bang, earning First Team All-Del Val League as a freshman, Honorable Mention All-Central League as a sophomore and junior, and First Team All-Central League as a senior. Sukonik was also voted to the US Lacrosse Regional III All-America List. She set six school records during her time at Harriton, including goals in a game (12), goals in a season (118) and goals in a career (335). Sukonik also led the squad to its most wins in a season (20), a Central League Championship and the school’s first trip to the state playoffs. A member of the National Honor Society, she finished her career with two straight US Lacrosse Academic All-America honors. Sukonik was also a three-year letterwinner and a starting midfielder in soccer.

Coach Redfern on Sukonik: “Carli will add finishing power to our offense. She is a lefty with size, power and terrific field awareness. She will contribute immediately to our draw team and our ride.”

Lauren Willcox M Chester Springs, Pa. Agnes Irwin Biology
Willcox was a three-time varsity lacrosse letterwinner at Agnes Irwin, where she capped off a sensational career with The White Blazer Award (awarded by the Agnes Irwin Athletic Department to the outstanding athlete in the senior class). A 2011 team captain, she garnered the Coaches Award last spring. Willcox earned the Unsung Hero Award in 2010 while also playing on the PASLA National Tournament Team. The midfielder earned All-League as both a junior and senior and was named to the All-Maine Line Lacrosse Second Team as well. Willcox also played on the Phantastic Lacrosse Club from 2009-11. Along with lacrosse, Willcox lettered in diving and cross country, earning All-Delaware County Honorable Mention Diving in 2010. Willcox has excelled off the field, graduating with high honors. She also received The Agnes Dixon Rowland Art Prize and was an Academic All-American in 2011.

Coach Redfern on Willcox: “Lauren is a smart, diligent team player whose desire will undoubtedly allow her to challenge for playing time.”

Michelle Abramczyk M/D Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. Arts and Sciences

A four-year varsity letterwinner at Cold Spring Harbor High School, Abramczyk captained her 2011 squad to first place in the conference standings. She earned Scholar-Athlete and All-County honors in 2011, Honorable Mention All-County in 2010 and All-Conference in 2009. She received the Cold Spring Harbor Coaches Award twice and helped lead the Seahawks to a county semifinal appearance in 2010. Abramczyk also represented Long Island Metro in the U.S. School Girls National Tournament that year. She earned a pair of prestigious honors as a senior, garnering the ‘11 graduating class Distinguished Athlete Award and Town of Huntington Scholar-Athlete Award. Abramczyk was also a four-year varsity letterwinner in field hockey and gymnastics. Like lacrosse, she served as team captain. Also impressing in those sports, she was a three-time All-County field hockey honoree and earned All-League in 2007. Abramczyk was a member of the National Honor Society.

Coach Redfern on Abramczyk: “Michelle will challenge for a starting position on defense. She will have a role as a mark-up defender. Her tenacity is obvious and her work ethic is outstanding.”

Allison Fayans GK Oceanside, N.Y. Biology

A four-year lacrosse letterwinner at Oceanside High School, Fayans was awarded the Player’s Player Award by teammates as a sophomore, Honorable Mention All-County as a junior and the Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior. She was named team captain as a senior and two years earlier, was named a player to watch by New York Newsday. Also a three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball, Fayans was awarded the Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior for basketball, too. Strong in the classroom, Fayans was an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society and World Language National Honor Society.

Coach Redfern on Fayans: “Allie will add depth to our team in the goalkeeping position. Her coachability and enthusiasm will allow her to grow into the college game.”

Scarlett Nawrocki M/D East Northport, N.Y. Accounting
Nawrocki was a multi-sport athlete at Northport High School, playing lacrosse, tennis and track. Success has been prevalent, on and off the field for this two-time Academic All-American. She earned a Scholar-Athlete Award for all three varsity sports and was a member of the National Honor Society, DECA, Language Honor Society and Interact Club. On the field, Nawrocki was named Suffolk County All-Division in 2010 and a Suffolk County Champion the year prior. She was also a Country, Long Island and State Champion and an All-League recipient. Nawrocki took part in the Long Island Metro Women’s National Tournament in 2009 and ’10 and played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets Travel Lacrosse Team. On the tennis courts, Nawrocki was named All-League in singles.

Coach Redfern on Nawrocki: “Scarlett is tough, physical and passionate about lacrosse. She will add presence and resolve all over the field.”

Kelly Scott M Basking Ridge, N.J. Arts and Sciences
A multi-sport student-athlete at Ridge High School, Scott played varsity lacrosse, soccer and basketball. Team captain in 2011, she racked up 100 career goals, garnering First Team All-Conference, Delaware Conference First Team and All-Skyland Team as a senior. She was also named an Academic All-American. This came one season after being named First Team All-Skyland Conference and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. She also earned the Captain’s Lacrosse Award for Most Improved Player in 2008 and helped lead her squad to the Skyland Conference Championship the following season. Scott was an All-State soccer player as well, earning team MVP and First Team All-Skyland Conference in 2010. The team enjoyed tremendous success in her time, becoming Group IV State Finalists in 2008 and County Champions in 2009. In basketball, Scott earned three separate Athlete of the Month awards and garnered the Defensive Award for Basketball during the 2007-08 season. A member of the National Honor Society, Scott served as Vice President of the Student Body from 2007-11.

Coach Redfern on Scott: “One of the most versatile players in this recruiting class. Kelly’s quickness and drive will be key to her success within our program.”

Kelsey Yenco A Glen Rock, N.J. Arts and Sciences

Yenco capped off a stellar career by leading Glen Rock High School in every statistical category as a senior. She finished 2011 with 60 goals, 41 assists and 71 groundballs. Yenco departs as the school’s single-game record holder for points (12) and assists (seven). A four-year varsity letterwinner and two-year captain, Yenco earned First Team All-Country, First Team All-League and First Team All-Suburban in both 2010 and ’11. She was also named to the New Jersey Leger’s 2011 Player to Watch List. A five-year player for the Metro Magic Lacrosse Club, Yenco also played varsity basketball and was named Glen Rock Female Athlete of the Year in 2009 and ’11. Off the field, Yenco was a three-year honor roll student and 2011 Senior Scholarship Recipient.

Coach Redfern on Yenco: “Kelsey is a quick, gritty attacker. Her stick skills, determination and fitness will be a welcome addition to our offensive unit.”

Lehigh Women’s Lacrosse Class of 2015
Name Pos Hometown/High School
Michelle Abramczyk M/D Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor High School
Brianne Buysse M Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame
Allison Fayans GK Oceanside, N.Y./Oceanside High School
Scarlett Nawrocki M/D East Northport, N.Y./Northport High School
Kelly Scott M Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge High School
Emily Solenberger M Glenmoore, Pa./Downingtown East High School
Carli Sukonik A Penn Valley, Pa./Harriton High School
Lauren Willcox M Chester Springs, Pa./Agnes Irwin
Kelsey Yenco A Glen Rock, N.Y./Glen Rock High School

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