Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/20/21 – From Press Release
Lehigh head women’s lacrosse coach Jill Redfern (Ursinus College) announced the Mountain Hawks’ incoming class of 2025 on Tuesday, featuring eight student-athletes. Four midfielders, two defenders, an attacker and goalkeeper make up the class, who will be joining the Mountain Hawks’ family this coming fall semester.
“Our recent graduation created many losses in production across statistical areas,” said Redfern. “We are confident this incoming class will play a role in shoring up those areas. They are excited to get to campus and we are excited to welcome them and their enthusiasm for Lehigh.”
Casey O’Connor – Springfield, Pa. – Springfield High School – Midfielder
O’Connor was a varsity starter at Springfield High School as a freshman and sophomore, before missing her junior and senior seasons due to COVID-19 and injury. Garnering a number of honors, O’Connor was named to the Philly National Tournament Team 2, while being named All-Central League and honorable mention All-Delco in 2019. She was captain for both varsity lacrosse and soccer. O’Connor earned four varsity letters in soccer. Off the field, she was named to the National Honor Society, was part of Student Council and a Community Service Member. She also received the President’s Education Awards Program (finishing top 25 percent in class ranking – 34/302).
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the highly competitive academics and athletics, as well as the outstanding facilities and opportunities for students. Lehigh successfully prepares its graduates for life and work after college.”
Julia DeLitta – Mamaroneck, N.Y. – Rye Neck High School – Goalkeeper
DeLitta was a four-year varsity starter and two-time captain at Rye Neck High School. DeLitta broke Rye Neck’s career save record, reaching 559 (54 career save percentage) in three seasons. In 2021, she was awarded All-Section and team MVP with 189 saves (62 save percentage). DeLitta was named a Westchester/Putnam County All-Star second team selection and awarded Rye Neck High School’s Outstanding Female Athlete. In 2019, she was named honorable mention All-Section and All-League. DeLitta was named to the Under Armour All-America Underclass Team for CONNY. An Under Armour 150 selection for three straight years, she garnered US Lacrosse high school national first team honors for Hudson Valley. A multi-sport athlete, DeLitta was also a four-year varsity field hockey starter, named captain senior year, and awarded All-Section honorable mention, All-League and team MVP. Captain of the first-ever NYS Section One Girls Varsity ice hockey team, she led her team to a section championship and was awarded All-Section. DeLitta played 12-years of club ice hockey winning seven regional/league titles. In the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, named to the Athletic Director’s honor roll and made the honor roll each semester all four years.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the university’s outstanding academics, beautiful campus and competitive athletic programs. I also have the opportunity to learn from great coaches and be surrounded by an incredible team environment.”
Emma DeMarco – Northport, N.Y. – Northport High School – Midfielder
DeMarco enjoyed plenty of success as a standout midfielder and captain for Northport High School. Individually, she was named All-League and All-Division, while also garnering Northport Lacrosse MVP and being named to the Suffolk County All-Tournament Team. DeMarco received the NESPY Best Female Athlete Award and NESPY Female Icon Award. She helped her team to the 2021 league and Long Island Lacrosse Championships. Two years prior, DeMarco and Northport won the 2019 New York State title. A multi-sport standout, DeMarco also won the 2021 league soccer championship and garnered the Sportime travel volleyball individual Sportsmanship Award. Strong in the classroom, she received the NASA Directors Award for Excellence in Physical Education, along with being named the Town of Huntington Scholar-Athlete of the Year. DeMarco was a member of the National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society and National World Language Honor Society. She took part in the Academy of Finance, Key Club, and was treasurer of the Physical Education Leaders Club. She was also a creator of the Students for 60K Environment Committee, took part in DECA, the ALS Club, and was a Student Superintendent Advisory Board member.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh due to its excellence in athletics and academics. The first time I stepped onto the campus, I knew it was going to be the right fit for me. The student community and the atmosphere was unmatched compared to any other top-tier university. The athletics department was exceptionally friendly and welcoming, which ultimately was the deciding factor for my decision on where I wanted to continue my lacrosse career. I am looking forward to attending Lehigh University this fall and discovering new opportunities that this university has to offer.”
Julia DiConza – Westport, Conn. – Staples High School – Defender
DiConza was a first team All-State honoree as a senior at Staples High School. She also garnered first team All-FCIAC (Fairfield County Inter Athletic Conference). The senior captain was a four-year varsity starter and Defensive Player of the Year – along with team MVP – as a senior. DiConza garnered honorable mention Gametime CT All-State her senior year and was an Academic All-American. As a sophomore, DiConza was named honorable mention All-FCIAC and named to the CT National Team. Also a standout field hockey player, DiConza was a four-year varsity member and three-year starter, receiving offensive MVP as a senior. She was also honorable mention All-FCIAC as a sophomore and senior. DiConza helped her field hockey team to two FCIAC championships and four state titles. In the classroom, she was named to the first honor roll all four years of high school, received the Spanish Seal of Biliteracy and was a Social Studies Honor Society member.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of its high academic reputation and its business school alumni network. In addition to an amazingly competitive lacrosse program with a welcoming team culture.”
Caroline Eby – Alexandria, Va. – West Potomac High School – Midfielder
Eby was a four-year varsity lacrosse and basketball starter at West Potomac High School. She was named first team All-District and second team All-Region in lacrosse. Meanwhile, in basketball, Eby was a first team All-District and All-Region honoree. In the classroom, she was a four-year member of the honor roll and graduated as an honor graduate (4.0 or higher all four years).
Why Lehigh? “After visiting campus and getting a feel for the team, coaching staff and environment, I immediately fell in love. The campus has an amazing feel to it that reminds me of home away from home. Not only that, but it was exactly what I was looking for academically and athletically, being very competitive on both ends.”
Quinn Meyer – Summit, N.J. – Summit High School – Midfielder
Meyer was a four-year varsity letterwinner and senior captain at Summit High School. In her time, Meyer helped lead Summit tothe 2018 and 2019 Union County Championships, and the 2018 and 2021 Sectional Titles. Meyer also competed in competitive gymnastics as a four-year varsity letterwinner for Summit. She received 2018 and 2019 All-County honors, and was the Hilltopper Award recipient. In the classroom, Meyer garnered Magna Cum Laude in 2018, 2019 and 2021, and Summa Cum Laude in 2020.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the combination of excellent academics and athletics. The team dynamic is so welcoming and friendly, while also creating a competitive environment for me to grow as a student, an athlete and most importantly, as a person.”
Angelina Pino – Baltimore, Md. – St. Paul’s School for Girls – Attacker
Pino was a four-year varsity lacrosse and soccer player at St. Paul’s, starting in both sports for three years before getting injured as a senior. Both a lacrosse and soccer captain in her career, Pino garnered the Leadership Award for lacrosse as a senior and MVP her junior year of soccer. Off the field, she served as class president for three years before taking over as All-School president her senior year. At graduation, Pino was presented The John M. Curley Jr. Leadership Award for her role as president. Strong in the classroom, Pino made the honor roll each semester.
Why Lehigh? “The perfect balance of strong academics and competitive athletics while also being on a beautiful campus.”
Lauren Warfield – Annapolis, Md. – St. Mary’s High School – Defender
Warfield was a four-year varsity starter and an Under Armour All-American at St Mary’s of Annapolis. A team captain, she won the Coaches Award as a senior. Warfield played club lacrosse for Maryland United. A multi-sport athlete, she helped the St. Mary’s varsity cross country team win its first conference championship. Warfield holds the school record in the 500 meter dash and 4 X 400 relay. In the classroom, she was an honor roll student, maintaining a 3.85 GPA, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Why Lehigh? “When looking at different colleges, I wanted both a great school academically and a very competitive lacrosse program. That is exactly what Lehigh offered. Not only that, but I also love that my family and friends will be able to watch most of my games due to the conference we compete in. On top of all of that, it is also a beautiful campus that is the perfect size for me. Go Lehigh!”
|Julia DeLitta||GK||Mamaroneck, N.Y./Rye Neck|
|Emma DeMarco||M||Northport, N.Y./Northport|
|Julia DiConza||D||Westport, Conn./Staples|
|Caroline Eby||M||Alexandria, Va./West Potomac|
|Quinn Meyer||M||Summit, N.J./Summit|
|Casey O’Connor||M||Springfield, Pa./Springfield|
|Angelina Pino||A||Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s|
|Lauren Warfield||D||Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s|