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Womnens’ recruits: Episcopal Academy’s MacManus leads Cornell’s class of incoming freshmen for Graap (West Chester East)

Thursday, 1st September 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 9/1/11
From Press Releases

The Cornell program will continue to build on the 2011 campaign with the addition of eight incoming freshmen that make up the Class of 2015. Head coach Jenny Graap (West Chester East) will add three U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans and four Scholastic All-Americans to the roster. The balanced recruiting class includes one primary attacker, four midfielders, two primary defenders and one goalkeeper.

“Our Big Red lacrosse family is thrilled to welcome the new members of the Class of 2015,” Graap said. “We are confident that this exceptional group of scholar-athletes understands and embraces our philosophy of hard work, team first and positive attitude. My assistants and I are looking forward to the challenge of shaping these talented individuals into a strong Cornell team over the next four years.”

The Big Red closed out the season with a 6-8 record and missed the Ivy League playoffs by a game after finishing 3-4 in conference action. Graap, the 2002 IWLCA National Coach of the Year, led her team to a 3-1 finish, including a win over then-No. 2 Florida in the season finale. Cornell also defeated then No. 14 Notre Dame. Six of its eight losses came to nationally ranked opponents. The 2012 Big Red will return All-America candidates Jessi Steinberg at attack, Katie Kirk in the midfield and Kate Ivory on defense.

Claire MacManus
5-9 * M

Rosemont, Pa. (Episcopal Academy)
A two-time all-area selection at Episcopal Academy, MacManus has helped her team to three league titles. She was named the defensive MVP at The Defender Cup and competed in the national tournament in both 2009 and 2010. A three-sport athlete, MacManus is the school’s all-time scoring leader in soccer as a three-time all-league, all-area and all-region pick for the two-time league champs. She served as team captain of both the soccer and basketball teams.

Kristen Carr
5-9 * D
West Friendship, Md. (Glenelg HS)
An all-county selection as a junior at Glenelg HS, Carr is a four-year starter at defense. The U.S. Lacrosse Scholastic All-American in 2011 lettered in both lacrosse and field hockey. Carr is a four-time scholar-athlete award winner for lacrosse and earned NFHCA national academic squad honors in lacrosse in 2010. During the summer, Carr was a member of the Hero’s Tournament Lacrosse Club, helping her team to a Vail Shootout title in 2010 and finishing among the top teams in the country two consecutive years at the club national championships.

Christine Ferguson
5-8 * D
Weston, Mass. (St. Paul’s School)
Ferguson is a member of the U.S. Under-19 team in 2011 after earning a pair of All-America honors at St. Paul’s School. A three-time all-New England team member, she was a two-time NEPSTA all-star and was named to the Under Armour Northeast All-America team as a junior and senior. She was chosen to play on the North team at the Senior All-American Under Armour Game. A first-team all-league pick in lacrosse as a junior and senior, she also lettered in both soccer and basketball as a four-year starter. She served as team captain and was a three-time all-league pick in soccer, earning first-team all-state accolades in her final season. She also captained the lacrosse squad.

Skylar Fidel
5-6 * M
Owings Mills, Md. (Pikesville HS)
Fidel was a two-time all-county selection at Pikesville HS. The 2011 U.S. Lacrosse Scholastic All-American earned all-division accolades as a junior and senior while playing both defense and midfield. She was elected team captain as a senior. Fidel was a four-year letter winner in soccer and also competed in track and field. She won the county title in the 800 meter dash and was named the soccer team’s most improved player as a freshman.

Carly Gniewek
5-9 * GK
Mountain Lakes, N.J. (Mountain Lakes HS)
Gniewek was a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Scholastic All-American as well as a first-team all-league, all-conference and all-county selection as a senior captain at Mountain Lakes HS. She directed her team to a state title as a junior. Gwienek was also part of two state championship swimming teams, serving as captain as a junior, and also competed in tennis.

Lindsay Toppe
5-3 * A
Bedford, N.Y. (Fox Lane HS)
Ranked among the nation’s top 25 recruits and top 10 attackers by ESPN Rise, Toppe is a two-year captain and four-year starter at Fox Lane HS. She was chosen to play on the North team at the Senior All-American Under Armour Game as a senior, tallying a goal and an assist. She closed her career with 412 goals, 111 assists and 523 points, with her goal and point totals ranking third in New York state history and fourth all-time in the U.S. high school ranks. She posted 111 goals and 34 assists for 145 points as a senior, helping her school to an 18-1 record and a spot in the sectional finals. She was named all-league, all-area, all-state and All-American following the season. Toppe was a first-team U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a Scholastic All-American in 2010 and 2011. She set a state single-season record for goals (132) in 2010. She scored 174 total points as a junior in leading her team to its first sectional title and a state runner-up finish. Toppe was named all-league, all-section and all-county as a junior and earned a spot on the state’s championship all-tournament team. She earned all-county honors as a sophomore after leading the section in goals (107 goals, 22 assists, 129 points). She directed her team to its first league title in 17 years in the process. As a freshman, Toppe was again all-league after leading the school in goals (62) and points (75). A two-time all-state and three-time all-league and all-section pick in field hockey, Toppe was a four-year starter.

Gabby Weintraub
5-7 * M
Towson, Md. (Roland Park Country School)
A two-sport star at Roland Park Country School, Weintraub earned a combined 10 varsity letters while competing in soccer and lacrosse. A two-year starter and four-year letter winner in lacrosse at midfield, she served as captain of the junior varsity team in 2009 and earned honorable mention all-league honors as a junior. In soccer, she is a two-time league all-star who helped her team to a spot in the conference finals for the first time in school history as the team captain.

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