Women's Lacrosse Freshmen Class is Ranked No. 1 in Nation
Sept. 18, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Despite missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years, the Georgetown University women's lacrosse team has set its sights high for the 2008 season. Part of the excitement on the Hilltop stems from the fact that this season, the freshmen class, the class of 2011, was rated as the No. 1 class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine.
"The Hoyas landed the nation's deepest recruiting class, featuring no less than seven Under Armour All-Americans ... The talent is spread evenly thoughout the roster, with the recruiting haul including quality midfielders, defeders and even a top goalkeeper," writes the publication.
Ironically, the class of 2011 consists of 11 highly-touted student-athlete, including: midfielder Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop John Carroll), defender Catie Caputo (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), midfielder Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Acad. (Ill.)), attacker Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron), attacker Allie Hubschmann (Short Hill, N.J./Oak Knoll), attacker Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), midfielder Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga), goalkeeper Lauren Thomas (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), Maggie Trautman (Mystic, Conn./Loomis Chaffee), midfielder Mary Wittelsberger (Parkton, Md./Hereford) and defender Jenny Wolock (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country).
"We're really excited about the athleticism this class brings to the Hilltop," said head coach Ricky Fried. "We graduated ten players from last year's team so this group of newcomers will get a chance to contribute right away. Not only is class big in size but they are also very talented."
On Saturday, September 16, the women's lacrosse team's fundraising branch, the Crosse Club, in conjunction with Hoyas Unlimited held the annual post-season banquet. Goaltender Maggie Koch and attacker Coco Stanwick were named co-MVPs.
Defender Megan Ellis earned the team's Most Improved Award.
"Megan made the most of her opportunity when her number was called," said Fried. "She's certainly deserving of her accolades."
Midfielder Ashby Kaestner was named Rookie of the Year after ranking sixth on the team with 10 goals while ranking fourth on the squad with 18 ground balls. She recorded eight of her 14 points in the team's final six games.
Defender Laura Cipro took home the Unsung Hero Award.
"Laura was never 100 percent, struggling through a knee injury but you'd never know it come gameday," said Fried.
Stanwick earned the Coaches Award.
"Coco's attitude and leadership are second to none," said Fried. Our opponents alwaysput a target on her back but she still had a monster season and she always showed a high lever of humility despite her deserving accolades."
Attacker Brittany Baschuk was given the Bulldog Award. Baschuk overcame two ACL injuries during her career and has 31 goals and 13 assists totaling 44 points, surpassing her three pervious season scoring output combined.
Team bus driver Ray Hendrickson earned the 13th Man Award.
"The 13tm man award is one we give to someone outside of the program," said Fried. "Ray is always going above and beyond the call of duty. He has a certain knack for `just taking care of us'."
On Sunday. September 16, the annual Alumni Game and Tailgate took place on the Multi-Sport Field. "We had a terrific turnout of former players." Fried said. "It always amazes me how dedicated our former players are. They still have tremendous pride in the program as a whole."