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The Harvard women’s lacrosse program welcomes 11 incoming freshmen this fall. The Class of 2014 hails from six states including six from neighboring New York. Combined the newcomers have earned 16 academic All-America and six All-America honors.
The group which consists of three midfielders, two attackers/midfielders, four midfielders/defenders and two defender is head coach Lisa Miller’s largest recruiting class at Harvard. Miller, who will enter her fourth season with the Crimson this fall, guided the Crimson to two of its most successful seasons this century.
Harvard returns 17 of 20 players from last season’s squad that had its best conference record in four years.
Alexa Buckley/Wayne, Pa./Episcopal
Four-year starter in soccer and lacrosse … Captained lacrosse team as a senior … Named Academic All-American as a junior … Earned honorable mention All-Main Line as a junior … Received the Mind, Body, Spirit prize for soccer as a senior … Member of the Olympic Development Program for soccer from 2006-08 … Won four straight Inter-Ac League Championships in lacrosse … National Merit Commendation … Received honors all four years of high school … Volunteer for Starfinder, a center coaching soccer to underprivileged youth in Philadelphia and for Bryn Mawr tutoring … Also volunteered for the African Education Program and traveled to Zambia in the summer to work with under privileged youth in the village of Kafue … Community Service Board member … Father, Walter, a 1983 graduate of North Carolina was an All-American soccer player for the Tar Heels.
Catherine Brown/Mystic, Conn./St.
Three-year starter for the soccer team and four-year starter at midfield in lacrosse at Saint Bernard School … Also lettered in track … Captained her soccer team as a senior and the lacrosse team as a junior and senior … A three-time all-conference selection … Named all-area by the Norwich Bulletin and New London Day as a sophomore, junior and senior … Earned second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and was a first-team selection as a junior and senior … Two-time Academic All-American … Named team’s best midfielder and MVP as a sophomore and team Playmaker of the Year as a junior … Named Norwich Bulletin Player of the Year and Best midfielder by her team … Received conference’s sportsmanship award as a junior … Team advanced to state semifinals during senior season … Earned all-conference honors twice, all-area, all state and senior all-star honors in soccer … Won the small division conference championships twice in lacrosse and once in soccer … state semifinalist in soccer in 2008 and for lacrosse in 2009 … High school went undefeated during 2009 regular season … Valedictorian … National Merit Scholar … Received the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Leadership Award and the Harvard Book Club of Southeastern Connecticut Book Award … Involved with the public speaking and student ambassador club, student council and mock trial … President of the speaking club … Class treasurer as a sophomore, junior and senior … Vice president of student council as a senior …. National Honor Society … Religious Education Teacher’s assistant … Special Olympics volunteer … Altar server.
Kyleigh Keating/Windham, N.H./Phillips
Earned four varsity letters in field hockey, four in lacrosse, two in track and one in ice hockey … Captained field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior … Named first-team All-Galaxy as a freshman … Earned honorable mention all-region from the Eagle-Tribune and Varsity Magazine’s Top 20 High School Lacrosse Players in New Hampshire … Career and single-season scoring leader at Salem High School … Named first-team all-region from the Eagle-Tribune and Varsity Magazine’s Top 10 High School Lacrosse Players in New Hampshire … Second leading scorer in northern Massachusetts/Southern New Hampshire region … New England Prep High School All-Star as a junior and senior … Earned first-team All-America honors … Phillips Academy Athlete of the Year in 2010. … Earned Eagle-Tribune All-Region honor mention, first-team All-New England Class A, first-team NFHCA Penn-Mont All-Northeast region and Eagle-Tribune first-team All-Region in field hockey … Won state championship title in field hockey in 2006 and 2007 … Received the Press Award, given to the member of the senior class with the most outstanding athletic performance of the entire year … Member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club … Coach and mentor for Windham girls lacrosse and head coach for summer camps …Earned region student of the month in December 2007 … Made the Honor Roll from 2005-2010 … Tour guide from 2008-10.
Jenn Leffew/Vero Beach, Fla./Vero
Four-year starter at midfield … Two-year member of the cross country team and participated in weightlifting for a year … Served a lacrosse team captain as a senior … Named rookie of the year for lacrosse … Was a four-time all-district and three-time all-league selection and two-time All-American …She was named Offensive Player of the Year and MVP … Selected by U.S. Lacrosse to play in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase televised on ESPN … High school won five state championships … Named rookie of the year in cross country … Received 4.0 award as a sophomore … Has been in the top-10 percent of her class the final three years of high school … Member of the National Honor Society … Worked as a summer camp counselor in New Hampshire and coaches lacrosse, soccer and tennis.
Chelsey Newman/Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham Wading
Three-year letterwinner in lacrosse at Shoreham Wading and two-year letter-winner at Guilderland High School … Played three seasons of soccer … Captained lacrosse team as a senior … Academic All-American … Honorable mention All-American as a senior … Earned second-team All-Suffolk County as a sophomore and first-team as a junior … Member of the 2007 and 2008 Adirondack Empire State Lacrosse team … Member of the 2009 Under Armour Underclassmen New York Team and the National Tournament New York Team 1 … As an eighth grader helped Shoreham Wading River to New York state semifinals … Helped Guilderland to state quarterfinals as a freshman and semifinals as a sophomore … Won state Class C championship for Shoreham Wading as a junior and senior … Selected by U.S. Lacrosse to play in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase televised on ESPN …Member of the National Honor Society.
Kieley O’Connor-Chapman/Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville
Earned three varsity letters in field hockey and lacrosse … Captained field hockey team as a senior … Named Academic All-American as a junior and senior … Received all-league honors as a sophomore and junior … Picked up Fayeteville-Manlius “Sophomore of the Year” honors … High school team advanced to section finals in 2007 and 2008 … Earned second-team all-league honors as a junior and senior and third-team honors as a sophomore in field hockey … Named Central New York Time Warner Scholar –Athlete in 2008 … Field hockey team won league title in 2007 and advanced to section finals … Two-time recipient of the Scholastic Gold Key for Writing … Earned Gold Medal on National Latin exam three times .. Named Freshman Social Studies Student of the Year, Sophomore Social Studies Student of the Year, sophomore Literature Student of the Year, Junior Science Student of the Year and Physical Education Student of the Year as a freshman and junior … Member of the National and Science honor societies … Receive the St. Lawrence Book Award for leadership and community service … Class president as a sophomore … Student council treasure as a junior … Dance Marathon Mast of Ceremonies and Model UN club member … Volunteered with service trips to inner cities in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as a NorthSide CYO summer camp counselor, middle school tutor and counselor at Camp Good Days and Special Times … Also served as a fundraiser and community organizer for Camp Good Days and Special Times … Father, Paul, played lacrosse and football at Amherst College before graduating in 1972.
Mariah Pewarski/Garden City, N.Y./Garden
Four-year letterwinner in field hockey and lacrosse … Captained field hockey and lacrosse teams as a senior … Helped high school team to four consecutive Nassau County Championships, four Long Island Championships and four consecutive New York Class B State titles … Team went undefeated during her senior season and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the national polls by ESPN Rise and Laxpower.com … Two-time US Lacrosse Academic All-American … A two-time All-Nassau County recipient … NYSPHHSAA State Lacrosse Championships All-Tournament team honoree in 2009 … Winner of the 2010 Donna Walsh Award for on-field excellence and team leadership … Received the New 12 Long Island/MSG Varsity Scholar-Athlete and New 12 Long Island/MSG Varsity Scholar-Athlete Scholarship … Four-year member of the Long Island Yellowjackets Elite Lacrosse club … Two-time NFHCA first-team All-American in field hockey … Three-time NFHCA All-North region recipient .. Also a three-time All-New York State and four-time All-Nassau County … Won a silver medal at the Empire State Games, a bronze medal at the AAU Junior Olympics and the Disney Field Hockey Showcase … Alternate for the junior National Camp … Won four Nassau County Championships, four Long Island Field Hockey Championships, made four state final four appearances and won two New York State titles … All-time assists leader at Garden City High School with 53 …AP Scholar with Distinction … Earned National Latin Examination Gold Medal twice … Member of the National, Latin and Italian honor societies … National Merit Commended Student … Four-year member of the math team … Altar server at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church … Sister, Michaela, a 2010 graduate of Harvard, rowed for Radcliffe … Brother, Matthew, a 2008 graduate of Amherst College, played football for the Lord Jeffs … Will also play field hockey for the Crimson.
Morgan Powell/Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga
Four-year letterwinner in field hockey and lacrosse … Captained field hockey team as a senior and lacrosse teams as a junior and a senior … Three-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American … Named second-team as a sophomore and first-team Suburban Council All-Star as a junior … Four-time scholar-athlete in field hockey and lacrosse … Two-time member of the New York State field hockey team … Three-time first-team Suburban Council All-Star … Earned Post Star first-team All-Star as a junior and senior and Albany Times Union first-team All-Star as a sophomore, junior and senior … Lacrosse team won the New York State National Tournament and field hockey team was NYS Class A quarterfinalist … Named to the High Honor Roll every quarter all four years … Member of the National Honor Society … Received the Saratoga Springs High School Academic Recognition Award as a sophomore and junior … Nominated for the National Student Leadership Conference and Congressional Student Leadership Conference … Plays the trumpet and is the second chair in the High School Symphonic Band and second trumpet in the High School Jazz Ensemble … Four-time participant in the NYSSMA trumpet adjudication and three-time member of the Disney World Band competition team … Student Council representative as a sophomore and junior … Volunteered through the government community service class in Project Life, and the Children’s Museum … Also volunteered with Relay-for Life, the Special Olympics, City of Saratoga field hockey summer clinics, St. Clements Work Camp and Book Buddies … Will also play field hockey for the Crimson.
Chloe Soukas/Valley Cottage, N.Y./Nyack High
Five-year starting point guard for the basketball team and four-year starter in lacrosse and soccer … Served as basketball team captain for three years and lacrosse captain for two … Earned all-league, all-section, all-elite and first-team all-county in lacrosse … A four-year all-league recipient in basketball … Named 2009-10 athlete of the season for basketball and earned coaches award …Lacrosse team won section league and regional championships and reached the state semifinals twice … Member of the Business, English, National, Spanish and Science Honor Societies … AP Scholar with Honor Award recipient as a junior and senior … Received the Social Studies Award as a freshman, the Business Award as a freshman and sophomore, the Junior Award and the Student Council Award as a senior … Four-year member of the Greek Orthodox Youth Association … School president as a senior after serving as freshman and junior class president … Student representative … Involved with Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Students Opposing Starvation and the Nyack Homeless Project … Three-year member of the NYS Match League …Grandfather, Chris Sr., was the 1943 AAU Wrestling Champion … Father, Chris, a 1974 graduate of NYU, swam for the Violets.
Lauren Tomkinson/West Henrietta, N.Y./Rush
Earned five varsity letters in lacrosse, four in cross country and three in track and field … Captained cross country team as a senior and lacrosse team as a junior and senior … Named All-Greater Rochester in 2008-09 … Earned Monroe County Player of the Year in 2009 … First-team all-county as a freshman sophomore and junior and second-team recipient as an eighth grader … Won team’s offensive MVP as a junior … Won the Coaches Award and Ideal Teammate Award in cross country … Lacrosse team won the sectional championship in 2008 … Won the silver medal at the Empire State games in 2009 with Western Girls Lacrosse team … Team member at the Women’s National Tournament with team 5 as a sophomore and team 1 as a junior … Member of the National Honor Society .. Treasure for Model UN Club … Secretary of the Environmental Club … Named Outstanding Student in health and science in 2009 … Summer camp counselor and youth lacrosse coach .
Kasey Uhlenhuth/Louisville, Ky./duPont
Four-year starter in lacrosse … Captained team as a senior … Named rookie of the Year as a freshman and team MVP the next three seasons … Named to the Kentucky Girl’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Star team and the Kentucky Girl’s Lacrosse Association All-State team as a sophomore, junior … Eared honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore and junior … Two-time Academic All-American … Selected for the National Tournament on Great Lakes Regional Team … Received the team’s Golden Net Award as a senior … Team won the state championship in 2009 … Valedictorian … Member of the National Honor Society … National Merit Finalist … National AP Scholar … Given the Principal’s Leadership Award as a senior … Three-year member of the math team and the academic team … KJAS first place botany … Won the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology … Served as secretary of the Beta club as a junior and vice president as a senior … Finished third in the Senior High School Division for AAA Safety Poster design … Congressional Silver Medal for attaining goals in volunteerism, personal fitness, personal development and exploration … Co-found and creative leader for oSnapplications which is an iphone application that gives college tours.