Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/16/19
From Press Release
Lehigh head women’s lacrosse coach Jill Redfern (Ursinus) announced the Mountain Hawks’ incoming class of 2023 on Tuesday, which features 10 student-athletes from six different states. The class features positions from all over the field, including five midfielders. They will enter a program that has made six straight Patriot League Tournaments.
“Our incoming class is a diverse group of women athletically and academically,” said Redfern. “The shot clock has had an enormous impact on our game, therefore, bolstering our midfield was a major goal for this class. This class brings talent, speed and depth to all of our position groups. We are excited about the contributions they will make to the university, our athletic department and our team.”
Cox was a two-time All-American and Academic All-American at Radnor High School in Pennsylvania, also garnering team MVP as a senior. The attacker posted 117 points as a senior, 112 as a junior and 127 as a sophomore. She led all of Delco in assists all three of those points, and points as a sophomore and junior. Cox was also named first team All-Central League as a junior and senior, and All-Delco as a senior. She was named Mainline Athlete of the Week as a sophomore as well. Strong in the classroom, Cox was a four-year distinguished honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society. She won the Colgate Book Award, the “R” Award (presented to student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field, in addition to making positive contributions to the community community). Cox was also selected for the HOBY Leadership Seminar in 2017.
Why Lehigh? “Lehigh met all the criteria I was looking for: an incredible lacrosse program, strong academics, a beautiful college campus and a close location to home. Additionally, I absolutely loved the coaches and players and felt completely at home on campus. I strongly believe in the values and work ethic this program possesses.”
A four-year varsity starter for Spring-Ford High School, Marte scored 186 career goals. The 2019 US Lacrosse Academic All-American was invited to try out for the U.S. Under-19 National Team. She received her high school’s Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award for the Class of 2019, and was named her team’s MVP in 2019 as well. In 2017 and 2019, Marte garnered first team All-Conference and first team Mercury All-Area, while earning a spot on the second team in 2018. She was named to the Under Armour All-American Underclassmen Team for Philadelphia in 2016, and later named to the WPLL Futures Philadelphia Team in 2018. Marte also impressed in basketball as a four-year varsity letterwinner on the hardwood. The team captain and team MVP as a senior, she was named first team All-Conference and first team Mercury All-Area for the 2018-19 season. Marte helped lead Spring-Ford to the PIAA class 6A District 1 semifinals during her junior and senior campaigns. Also strong in the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society and garnered Distinguished Honors grades nine through 12. Marte also won the Spring-Ford Area High School Academic Achievement Award.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of its beautiful campus, academics and welcoming lacrosse staff and team.”
Carnevale was a first team All-American, first team All-State and first team All-Group 3 honoree as a senior at Summit High School. She was also awarded the JoAnn LaVornga Summit Lacrosse Club Scholarship Award, finishing her decorated career with 217 goals. She was a first team Stars and Stripes Conference honoree as a junior and senior after garnering honorable mention as a sophomore. Also as a junior, Carnevale was named second team All-State and first team All-Group 3, along with first team US All-America recognition. As a sophomore, she was named second team All-Group 3. Carnevale also played one year of soccer in high school, serving as captain of her freshman team and winning team MVP.
Why Lehigh? “For me personally, it was the perfect balance between challenging athletics and academics. I also loved the family-like culture of the women’s lacrosse team that made me feel immediately at home.”
A four-year varsity lacrosse player and senior captain at Sharon High School in Massachusetts, Eberhardt finished her impressive career with 219 goals, 137 assists, 145 groundballs and 359 draw controls. During her senior year alone, she tallied 104 goals and 45 assists for 149 points, 73 groundballs and 196 draw controls. Eberhardt was voted as a two-time team MVP, as a junior and senior. Also as a senior, Eberhardt garnered EMGLCA D1 Team 2 recognition and received Hockomock Sports first team and Player of the Year honorable mention laurels. As a junior, she was the Hockomock League leading scorer and a Hockomock Sports first team All-Star, while also being named to the Under Armour Underclass Highlight Team. Eberhardt was named to the MA/RI National Tournament Team 2 as both a sophomore and junior. Also a standout basketball player, Eberhardt was team MVP three times in a row, finishing with 891 career points. The two-time captain was a four-time Hockomock League All-Star, as selected by the coaches. In addition, Eberhardt was awarded the Multi-Sport Team Impact Award (as the most outstanding senior athlete). Also strong in the classroom, she graduated Cum Laude, garnering Greek honors (at least a 5.3/6.0 GPA). She earned a spot on the honor roll every semester for all four years.
Why Lehigh? “The combination of excellent academics/athletics and the family-oriented atmosphere of the lacrosse program. I also wanted to attend a school that was different from my hometown in Massachusetts and Lehigh’s beautiful campus in the hills provides this.”
McCarthy was named a US Lacrosse All-American at Ridgewood High School. The former high school teammate of rising junior Hannah Cermack, McCarthy was also named first team All-County (BCWA) and first team All-League (Stars and Stripes North). She was a four-year varsity basketball player as well, serving as captain. McCarthy was named first team All-League (Freedom Divisions Big North) and second team All-Country. She broke the school record for three-pointers in a season. Also strong in the classroom, McCarthy was named to the Ridgewood High School honor roll all four years.
Why Lehigh? “I chose to attend Lehigh because of its high athletic and academic standards and the fact that everyone I speak to who attends/ attended Lehigh only has good things to say. Both of my parents had such great experiences and I think that Lehigh is the best place for me to also receive these experiences.”
Murphy was a four-year member and two-year captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Sacred Heart Academy. She was a winner of the US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts Award in 2019, and was named Catholic High Schools Athletic Association All-League. She also garnered the Spartan Award in 2019. Murphy also competed three years in varsity swimming, serving as captain in 2018 and winning the Leadership Award for varsity swimming. Murphy won the Athletic Director Award in the spring of 2019. Strong in the classroom, Murphy was a member of several honor societies – National, Math, Science, Spanish and Music. She was also a four-year member of the Principal’s List Honor Roll.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it is an excellent academic institution with a competitive lacrosse program and a beautiful campus.”
A four-year letterwinner on the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams at Carinal Newman High School, Porter was also a two-year captain for both sports. In lacrosse, Porter was named FHSAA first team All-District from 2016-19 and won the Alumni Award for varsity lacrosse in 2019. She also won the Crusader Award the year prior. Porter was a US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2018 and had the highest GPA in lacrosse in 2016. Porter was named to the Principal’s List for all A’s as both a junior and senior, garnering First Honors all four years of high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, graduating at No. 3 in her class. Porter also received the Wells College Book Award Scholarship and was an International Baccalaureate Student.
Why Lehigh? “Throughout my college search, I was never looking to settle for a school with only half of what I wanted, but Lehigh presented the perfect combination of prestigious academics and a competitive Division I lacrosse program. The school gives me an opportunity to receive an amazing education while playing the sport I am passionate about. The location also was another ‘pro’ on my list, as I wanted to expand my horizons outside of Florida. The people, including my committed class, the girls on the team, coaching staff and others associated with the university, have immensely contributed to my excitement for what is to come.”
A captain for Bishop Sheehan High School, Roberts was named an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She was also named an Eastern Mass Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Star in 2018. Roberts was a multi-sport athlete who also ran cross country. In the classroom, Roberts was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating seventh in her class. She was a National Merit Scholar commended student and was a member of several additional honor societies – Math, History, Spanish, Art, English and Science.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of its high academics (especially for engineering), the team dynamic of the lacrosse team and the coaching staff.”
Schneider capped off a stellar four-year varsity career at Smithtown High School East by garnering second team All-America honors in 2019. She was also captain and team MVP as a senior, and was named second team All-Long Island for Newsday. Schneider was All-County as a junior and senior, while also garnering All-Division and being named Rookie of the Year during her career. Schneider was a multi-sport standout, competing four years in cross country and indoor track and field. She was named All-State in both sports (cross country in 2017 and track in 2016), while serving as captain and garnering team MVP for multiple years as well. Schneider was named All-County and All-League every year of her career. In cross country, she broke a number of school records, in the Sunken Meadow 2400m, Manhattan College Invitational 2000m and Brown Invitational 5k. Schneider played club lacrosse with the Yellow Jackets, winning the 2016 U15 National Championship in 2016. She was also an Under Amour All-American, Long Island Highlight Team in 2018. Strong in the classroom, Schneider was a member of the National, Spanish and Social Studies Honor Societies while winning academic recognition through all three of her sports.
Why Lehigh? “I chose to attend Lehigh University because being a part of such a prestigious institution will help me fulfill my dream of obtaining an exceptional education, while also allowing me to play lacrosse in a highly-competitive program.”
Skillin was a four-year varsity member and three-year starter at Wilton High School. A senior captain Skillin was named first team All-FCIAC and first team All-State as a senior, one year after garnering honorable mention All-FCIAC as a junior. Skillin was a standout field hockey player as well, winning a state championship as a freshman (2015) and FCIAC championship as a sophomore. Strong in the classroom, Skillin was an honor roll student all four years of high school and earned a Certificate of Biliteracy in Spanish.
Why Lehigh? “I am attending Lehigh because of the vigorous and enticing academic opportunities it offers. The location of the school is in close proximity to my hometown, as well as New York City and Philadelphia. I fell in love with the warm, supportive, and incredibly knowledgeable coaching staff, knowing from early on in my communication.”
Name Pos. Hometown/High School Club
Katia Carnevale A Summit, N.J./Summit STEPS Elite NJ
Cate Cox A Radnor, Pa./Radnor STEPS Philly
Emma Eberhardt A/M Sharon, Mass./Sharon Mass Elite
Cassie Marte M Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Big 4 HHH
Annie McCarthy A Ridgewood, N.J/Ridgewood BBL North
Caitlin Murphy D Rockville Centre, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy Long Island Yellow Jackets
Mackenzie Porter D Jupiter, Fla./Cardinal Newman Lax Maniax
Maggie Roberts GK North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Sheehan Mass Elite
Gabby Schneider A Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East Long Island Yellow Jackets
Julia Skillin M Wilton, Conn./Wilton CT Grizzlieshi