September 10, 2010

Dartmouth Women Announce Frosh Class

from press release

- Dartmouth women's lacrosse head coach Amy Patton has announced the nine members of the class of 2014 that will join the Big Green this fall.

The class of nine will bolster a veteran Dartmouth squad at every position on the field, bringing the roster total to 31 - the largest in program history. Dartmouth brings back 10 starters from last year's team that finished second in the Ivy League and ranked as high as seventh nationally. Though the returning players will make the lineup difficult to crack, Patton expects her freshmen to push her veterans for playing time this spring.

"This class top to bottom is going to make us better everyday based on their athleticism alone," said Patton. "We have a lot of veterans coming back and though the freshmen will challenge, they won't have that pressure of being forced to be a starter. They'll be able to really come along, learn and challenge for those spots but not feel the weight of the world. They will learn a lot from our upperclassmen and come along at a comfortable speed of learning that will only enhance our play."

Each player is profiled below with notes from Patton.

Lindsey Allard
Thayer Academy/Cohasset, Mass.
FR * M * 5-9
Played varsity lacrosse and basketball for Thayer and led the lacrosse team to the Independent School League Championship with a 13-1-1 record as a senior in 2010 ... Had an impressive senior season, earning US Lacrosse All-America first team accolades ... Played for the Eastern Lower New England Team One squad at the National Tournament in 2009 ... Also named a first team All-Star and first team All-ISL as a senior ... Played for the Revolution Lacrosse Club.

Patton on Allard: Lindsey is a really versatile player and is reminiscent of Kate Graw '00 as someone who could play midfield, line attack or line defense. She's a strong, gritty and determined player and we hope she can vie for playing time this year.

Liz Calby
Darien HS/Darien, Conn.
FR * A * 5-5
Versatile athlete who played four years of varsity lacrosse, basketball and soccer at Darien, serving as captain of all three teams as a senior ... Part of the successful Darien lacrosse dynasty and joins a strong tradition of Darien players at Dartmouth ... Won three Connecticut State Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and took home the FCIAC Championship in 2007 and 2009 ... Named first team
All-FCIAC and first team Connecticut All-State in 2010 ... Played club lacrosse for the Connecticut
Chargers ... Mother, Karen (McKeel) '81, played lacrosse and swam for Dartmouth and brother, Chris '12, is on the swim team.

Patton on Calby: "As an attacker Liz will play behind the cage which is a tough position in our attacking systems. We'll probably try to give her this year to really learn our complicated systems under the tutelage of Greta Meyer and Sarah Parks. She's a very tough and savvy player and we see her really helping this program."

Anjalie Christie
New Canaan HS/New Canaan, Conn.
FR. * A * 5-5
Lefty attacker who was a four-year varsity starter for New Canaan, serving as team captain her senior year ... Led New Canaan to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship as a senior (19-3 record) after appearing in the finals her junior year ... Team advanced to the Fairfield County conference finals twice ... Named a US Lacrosse first team All-American her senior year after setting the school record with 93 goals in a season and 112 total points ... Tabbed first team all-state and first team all-conference as a senior ... ESPN All-RISE Honorable Mention and MSG Varsity Connecticut Player of the Year as a senior in 2010 ... Played club lacrosse for Connecticut Lacrosse Futures and took sixth place at the 2008 Vail Shootout.

Patton on Christie: "Anjalie is a lefty attacker and we're hoping to play her behind the cage because as a lefty she will be very hard to defend and will keep the defense guessing. She's a scorer who is quick and powerful and has a nose for the goal. It will take her some time to learn the systems but it's nice to add that style of player.

Amy Drummond
Wilton HS/Wilton, Conn.
FR * M * 5-7
Played four years of varsity lacrosse for Wilton, serving as team captain her senior year and winning 62 games in high school ... Led Wilton to the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference lacrosse championship in both 2010 and 2008 ... Team was Connecticut Division I finalists in 2007 and 2008 ... Named All-FCIAC three times, including first team honors as a junior and senior ... Earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior and US Lacrosse All-America honors as a senior ... Recipient of the Wilton Coaches' Award in 2008 as a sophomore and the Wilton Lax Association Outstanding Athlete Scholarship in 2010 ... Played club for Newlax ... Seven relatives have attended Dartmouth, but she is the first woman.

Patton on Drummond: "Amy is coming in off an ACL injury but she's a player who is great between the 30's - she's not flashy but is really the nuts and bolts out there. She's smart, has a great stick and reminds me of Whitney Douthett '07. We're really excited to have Amy back this winter and to add her to our midfield."

Holly Foster
Noble & Greenough/Norfolk, Mass.
FR * D * 5-9
Played varsity lacrosse as a junior and senior for Noble & Greenough, serving as captain both years ... Led Noble to the Independent School League Championship in 2009 with a 16-1 record ... Recipient of Noble's John Paine Award for hard work and consistency in athletics in 2008 ... Played for Revolution
Lacrosse Club, Team Black ... Member of the Eastern Lower New England Team 2 at the National Tournament women's division in 2009.

Patton on Foster: "Holly is a strong lefty defender who we plan to keep on the defensive end as a freshman but see her becoming a midfielder eventually. We'll hold her on the one end for now to let her use her size, strength and speed and just watch her blossom. She will push our upperclassmen."

Kristen Giovanniello
North Shore HS/Old Brookville, N.Y.
FR * GK * 5-10
Played three years of varsity lacrosse for North Shore, serving as team captain her senior year ... Led her team to the county finals in both 2008 and 2009 ... Named all-county and won the Coaches' Award as a senior ... Tabbed a scholar athlete in both 2008 and 2010 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Played club lacrosse for Long Island Liberty, winning the Mid-Atlantic Tournament
Championship in 2008.

Patton on Giovanniello: "KG has a really nice presence in goal. She's got great size and will be the first lefty goalie we've had in about 10 years. She's got incredibly quick hands which is something you can't teach. It will be great for our shooters to have a lefty and a righty in practice and I'm excited to work with her."

Bailey Johnson
Bryn Mawr School/Baltimore, Md.
FR * D * 5-8
Played three years of varsity lacrosse at Bryn Mawr, serving as team captain her senior year ... Was a scholar athlete selection as a sophomore, junior and senior... IWLCA Academic All-America in 2010 ... Played club lacrosse for TLC 2010 Red, winning the National Draw Championship in 2006 and 2007 ... Team also won various tournaments including the Top of the Bay (four times), Charm City
(2006), Beach Lax (2006) and Mid-Atlantic regionals in 2007.

Patton on Johnson: "Bailey comes from a great program at the Bryn Mawr School She's a really smart, savvy line defender and she anticipates incredibly well. She's steady and doesn't make a lot of mistakes and will be reliable bringing the ball up the field. It will take time for her to learn the schemes but she'll come along quickly."

Kara Lehman
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols/ Lexington, Mass.
FR * D * 5-2
Well-rounded athlete who played lacrosse, ice hockey and soccer for BB&N, serving as team captain for all three sports as a senior ... Named first team All-Independent School League as a senior after earning honorable mention accolades as a junior ... Recipient of the Coaches Cup in lacrosse and hockey ... Winner of BB&N's "33 Award" for the best all-around athlete in the senior class ... Played club for Revolution Lacrosse ... Father, Ken, graduated from Dartmouth in 1982.

Patton on Lehman: "Kara is a tough, gritty player who is always in the mix for every loose ball and she's got a great first step and can explode with the ball. She is somebody that you notice on the field because she's tough and gritty. We see her learning the defensive end and bringing her along as a middie eventually."

Kyleigh Williams
Lexington HS/Lexington, Mass.
FR * M * 5-8
Four-year varsity lacrosse and ice hockey player for Lexington, captaining both teams as a senior ... Middlesex League All-Star in lacrosse three times including first team honors as a junior and senior ... Played on the Eastern Lower New England Team Two at the National Tournament in 2009 ... Tabbed a Class of 2010 All-Galaxy Team honoree as a sophomore ... Lexington Lacrosse Rotary Award winner in 2010 ... Played club for Revolution Lacrosse.

Patton on Williams: "Kyleigh is really strong between the 30's and is someone we will rely on at both ends of the field to play a role. We plan to utilize her speed and she's great on the draw. We are excited to watch her develop on both ends of the field."

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