Nov. 17, 2011
LEWISBURG, Pa. -The Bucknell women's lacrosse team will be bolstered by the addition of 11 promising newcomers in 2012. The first-year class already has already been through a session of fall ball, and head coach Randall Goldsborough is very pleased with the Bison newcomers heading into the spring season.
"I am very excited to get to work with this freshman class," said Goldsborough, who has returned to Bucknell this season after previously serving as head coach in 2003 and 2004. "We have some very talented players who will fill some crucial rolls both on and off the field this spring. I'm extremely confident that this class is going to give us the edge we need as we look to redefine ourselves as a major contender not only in the Patriot League, but nationally as well."
The Class of 2015 features student-athletes from some of the top high school programs in the country, including six from the lacrosse hotbed of Baltimore. Bucknell's first-year class also features players from Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and the Philadelphia area.
Below is a closer look at Bucknell's incoming class.
Chloe Chou, Attack, Penn Valley, Pa./Agnes Irwin
Caroline Collins, Attack, Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation
Born May 6, 1993 in Philadelphia ... daughter of George and MaryAnn Chou ... father played lacrosse at Princeton ... has two brothers, Dylan and Travis ... Dylan plays lacrosse at Washington & Lee, and Travis plays at the Haverford School ... earned four varsity letters in lacrosse and three in field hockey at the Agnes Irwin School ... captained the lacrosse team and earned First Team All-InterAC honors after scoring 43 goals as a senior ... earned the 2010 and 2011 Excellence Awards ... Second Team All-InterAC as a junior ... US Lacrosse All-Academic Team ... also captained the field hockey team and earned honorable mention all-league honors in 2009.
Born June 21, 1993 in Bethesda, Md. ... parents are Paul and Ana Collins ... has two younger brothers, Clayton and Clark ... elected team captain of the lacrosse team at Georgetown Visitation ... helped lead team to a 16-4 record and a berth in the Independent Schools League AA championship game.
Carly Downs, Attack, Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy
Born July 8, 1993 in Greenwich, Conn. ... daughter of Brian and Laurie Downs ... has one brother, Kevin ... mother played field hockey and lacrosse at Penn State ... lettered in both lacrosse and field hockey at Greenwich Academy ... All-FAA and All-Academic selection in lacrosse ... also earned honorable mention all-league honors in field hockey ... recipient of the Veno-Webb Award for excellence in field hockey and lacrosse.
Emily Kookogey, Attack, Lutherville, Md./Towson
Born Sept. 17, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. ... daughter of Wayne and Cindy Kookogey ... has one older sister, Katie ...played lacrosse and field hockey at Towson High School ... captained both sports during senior year ... earned first team all-county honors in field hockey and second team all-county accolades in lacrosse.
Blair McDonald, Midfielder, Summit, N.J./Kent Place School
Born Feb. 8, 1993 in New York City ... parents are John and Cathy McDonald ... has two siblings, Ali and John ... competed in lacrosse, soccer and swimming at Kent Place School ... named a Union County Scholar-Athlete ... elected captain of the soccer and swimming teams.
Caroline O'Neill, Goalie, Bel Air, Md./Notre Dame Prep
Born July 2, 1993 in Bel Air, Md. ... parents are Dan and Anne O'Neill ... aunt, Maureen, was a goalie at Loyola (Md.) ... competed in soccer and cross country at Notre Dame Prep.
Arriana Sajjad, Attack, Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh
Born Apr. 13, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. ... daughter of Maria Carter and Majid Sajjad ... has two younger brothers, Sean and Alex ... father played soccer at Loyola (Md.) ... played lacrosse and tennis at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md. ... played for a lacrosse team that was ranked No. 1 in the country and won three straight IAAM A Conference titles ... team was unbeaten her junior and senior years ... recipient of the team's Dedication and Coaches' Award ... elected captain of the tennis team.
Claire Switala, Attack, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor
Born June 25, 1993 in Long Island ... daughter of Garry and Susan Switala ... has a brother, Jack, who plays lacrosse at Washington and Lee ... father played lax at Ohio Wesleyan ... lettered four times in lacrosse and three times in soccer at Cold Spring Harbor High School ... captained the lacrosse team to a conference title in 2011 ... All-Nassau County selection as a senior ... also earned all-conference honors following junior season ... recipient of Lacrosse Coaches' Award ... helped lead soccer team to 2009 Long Island championship and 2010 and 2011 Nassau County titles.
Cori Thielemann, Midfielder, Ellicott City, Md./River Hill
Born Feb. 18, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. ... parents are Henry and Kim ... father played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins ... has three sisters, Abigail, Kendall and Lexi ... four-year letterwinner at River Hill High School ... captained the team as a senior ... earned the team's Iron Man Award ... 8-time Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... also lettered in cross country.
Rebecca Vetere, Defender, Seaford, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Born Jan. 9, 1993 in Mineola, N.Y. ... daughter of Louis and Regina Vetere ... has one older sister, Joanna ... played basketball and lacrosse at St. Anthony's High School on Long Island ... helped lead lacrosse team to four straight Catholic League championships ... team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in 2011 ... team MVP as a sophomore ... also part of a league championship team in basketball.
Alex Wallace, Defender, Catonsville, Md./Catonsville
Born July 18, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. ... parents are Charles and Rachael Wallace ... has a younger sister, Erin ... lettered four times in lacrosse, three times in field hockey and once in track & field at Catonsville High School ... captained the lacrosse and field hockey teams ... second team all-county selection in lacrosse ... helped lead team to regional title and state finals in 2008 ... Scholar-Athlete and All-Academic Team member in each sport ... first team all-county in field hockey ... five-year member of Hero's Club Lacrosse Team.