Nine Join Bulldogs in Class of 2015

The Yale women's lacrosse huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale women's lacrosse huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Five Midfielders, Two Defenders, One Attacker and One Goalkeeper Part of Class

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes nine incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2012 season. The class, which includes five midfielders, two defenders, one attacker and one goalkeeper, represents five different states.

The newcomers bring a wide variety of accomplishments both on and off the field to New Haven. The group includes a two-time all-county player who has traveled to Ecuador and Mexico to do volunteer work (Cathryn Avallone), an Under Armour All-American who has run two half-marathons (Clare Curran), a US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree whose family includes three generations of lacrosse players from Yale's Ivy League rival Princeton (Christina Doherty), an Under Armour All-American who trained with a former Yale All-American (Kerri Fleishhacker), an all-district pick whose six siblings include two college lacrosse players (Jayne Flynn), a US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree who won her school's sportsmanship award (Reilly Foote), an US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree who helped raise more than $2 million for ALS research (Erin Magnuson), a school scholar-athlete award winner who was part of four state championships (Erin Mullins) and a US Lacrosse All-Academic honoree who has volunteered as a tutor and traveled to Appalachia to build houses for low-income families (Emily Rutland).

The nine additions bring Yale's roster up to 27 for 2012, the Bulldogs' fourth season under Anne Phillips as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. Seven players from last year's team graduated.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:



Cathryn Avallone
Manhasset, N.Y.
Liberty Lacrosse, Long Island Metro

High school: Played three years of varsity lacrosse and track, and four years of varsity soccer (captain senior year) … Teammates with current Yale teammates Kerri Fleishhacker and Whitney Quackenbush … All-county in lacrosse as a junior and senior … All-conference in track as a junior … Team Scholar in soccer as a senior … Scholar Athlete each year for lacrosse, soccer and track … Lacrosse team won county championships in her sophomore and junior years … Soccer team won conference championships in her sophomore and junior years … Part of school's first Milrose Games relay qualifiers in track in 2010.

Club teams: Played for Liberty Lacrosse with current Yale teammate Kerri Fleishhacker … Also played for Long Island Metro schoolgirls summer tournament team.

Notes: Worked on a wildlife rehabilitation farm in Ecuador for two weeks … Built houses for families in Mexico for one week … Family includes multiple Ivy Leaguers … Grandfather Ames Ressa is a Yale alum … Father, Michael, attended Columbia … Uncle Ames Ressa played football at Brown … Sister Elisabeth plays lacrosse for Brown … Sister Sarah plays lacrosse for Columbia.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I knew that I would have the opportunity to learn at the highest level of education at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world while also being given the chance to play for and represent the university on an amazing and hardworking varsity lacrosse team."


Clare Curran
Alexandria, Va.
St. Stephen's and St. Agnes
Capital 2011 Blue, DC Metro 1, Team HLA, Under Armour South Team

High school: Played lacrosse and soccer, captaining both teams as senior … Honorable mention ESPN RISE All-American …Under Armour All-American, US All-American, All-ISL, all-state and first team All-Met in 2011 ... Had two ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover in 2011 Under Armour All-America game … Academic All-American in 2010 … Soccer MVP in 2010 … John Morrow Stanton Memorial Athletic Award in 2010 … Outstanding Athlete Award in 2010-11 … Selected by ESPN RISE as one of top 20 "defenders on the rise" in October of 2010 … Team won state and league championships from 2009 through 2011.

Club teams: Second place in the Prague Cup with Capital 2011 Blue … Also played for DC Metro 1, Team HLA and Under Armour South Team … Won 2011 Vail Shootout with Team HLA.

Notes: Has run two half-marathons … Father is also an Ivy Leaguer; attended Penn law school.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its combination of outstanding academic and athletic opportunities. At Yale, I will surely be challenged in both the classroom and on the lacrosse field." 


Christina Doherty
Bernardsville, N.J.
Kent Place
STEPS Elite, Schoolgirls

High school: Played lacrosse and soccer … Captained lacrosse team and was all-state prep division, all-county, all-conference and team MVP as a junior and as a senior … All-state as a senior … Led team in assists, draw controls and ground balls and was second on team with 44 goals as a senior … Team was Prep State finalists in 2011 and county finalists in 2010 … Captained soccer team as a senior.

Club teams: Played for STEPS Elite with Yale teammate Emily Rutland … Also played for Schoolgirls. 

Notes: Grandfather, father, Kelly, and older brother Matt all played lacrosse at Princeton … Older brother Nick plays lacrosse at Villanova … Mother, Susan, ran track and played soccer at Princeton … Uncle Michael attended Yale.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its rigorous academics and promising athletics."


Kerri Fleishhacker
Manhasset, N.Y.
Yellow Jackets, Liberty

High school: Was on field hockey, lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams … Teammates with current Yale teammates Cathryn Avallone and Whitney Quackenbush … Picked for Under Armour All-American senior tournament … Picked for ESPN All-American Senior Rise tournament … Honorable mention All-American as a junior … All-county as a junior and senior … Honorable mention all-county as a sophomore … Four-time Scholar Athlete in lacrosse … Diane Whipple Scholarship for lacrosse senior year … Lacrosse team won county championships her freshman, sophomore and junior years … Three-time Scholar Athlete in track and field … Two-time Scholar Athlete in field hockey … Academic All-American in field hockey as a senior … All-county in field hockey as a junior … Nassau County Physical Education Award senior year … High honors in Physical Education.

Club teams: Played on Yellow Jackets from fourth grade until sophomore year … Played on Liberty sophomore and junior year … Played two years on the Long Island 1st team for Schoolgirls tournament, finishing in second place as a sophomore and first place as a junior … Played two years on the Long Island team for Under Armour Underclassman tournament (sophomore and junior year), finishing in second place each time … Earned gold medal with Long Island team at Empire Games junior year.

Notes: Trained with former Yale All-American Lauren Taylor '08 as a junior in high school … Brother, Brian, played lacrosse for Haverford and graduated in 2010 … Sister, Taylor, plays lacrosse for Williams.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the wonderful opportunities that are offered.  I wanted to be able to attend a great school and make a difference both academically and athletically. Also, during the recruiting process, the coaches were all so welcoming and that made me feel right at home."


Jayne Flynn
Baltimore, Md.

High school: In addition to lacrosse, played three years of soccer and one year of badminton … Captained lacrosse team senior year … First team all-district and second team all-county as a senior … Team won county championship in 2009.

Club team: Won Club National Championship with Skywalkers in 2010.

Notes: Extremely active in variety of service opportunities through church and high school … Is the fourth of seven children … Sister Sarah played lacrosse at Stanford, graduating in 2011 … Sister Emilee played lacrosse at Canisius and graduated in 2008.

Why Yale? "Yale offers me the best of all worlds.  Here I will be able to explore my passions, on the field, in the classroom and within the community.  I will be attending one of the top institutions in the world while being able to play the sport that I love.  I could not think of a better way to spend the next four years of my life!"


Reilly Foote
Newton, Mass.
Noble and Greenough School
Revolution Lacrosse

High school: Captained basketball, field hockey and lacrosse teams … Awarded the Noble and Greenough Davis Cup for Sportsmanship, given to one male and one female of the graduating class … All-ISL and Academic All-American in lacrosse in 2010 and 2011 … Lacrosse team won ISL in 2008, 2009 and 2011 … All-ISL in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and honorable mention All-ISL in 2008-09, in basketball … Second team All-NEPSAC in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and honorable mention All-NEPSAC in 2008-09, in basketball … Basketball team won ISL all four years she played and was NEPSAC finalists in 2010-11 … All-ISL in 2010 in field hockey … Field hockey team won ISL in 2009.

Club team: Played for Revolution Lacrosse.

Notes: Mother, Jane, ran cross country and track at Amherst … Father, Robert, played football and baseball at Amherst … Brother Thomas played lacrosse at Amherst … Brother McCallum plays football at Middlebury … Maternal aunt Molly Armstrong is a 1984 Yale graduate.

Why Yale? "I was most excited about Yale's commitment to excellence in everything that they do, and attending Yale will constantly challenge me to be better because I will work alongside peers who hold themselves to high standards both academically and athletically."


Erin Magnuson
Northport, N.Y.
2011 Yellow Jackets Blue, Empire State Team

High school: Captained lacrosse and soccer teams as a senior … Teammates with current Yale teammate Devon Rhodes … 2011 Curt Sweeney Award winner for scholarship and athletic prowess … All-county in lacrosse as a senior… Honorable mention all-county in lacrosse as a junior … Earned Coaches Awards in both lacrosse and soccer as a senior … US Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2010 and 2011 … Wendy's High School Heisman in 2010 … Suffolk County Zone Award in 2010 … All-league in lacrosse in 2009 … US School Girls National Lacrosse Team member in 2009 … Tiger Award, all-league and all-academic in soccer 2010 … Lacrosse team was state Class A champions and Long Island champions in 2011, and won Suffolk County championship for the second year in a row.

Club teams: Played for 2011 Yellow Jackets Blue and Empire State Team.

Notes: A Mid-Winter Night's Dream committee member, raised more than $2 million dollars for ALS Research … On swim team in summer … Father, Peter, played lacrosse at Geneseo and coached former Yale men's lacrosse player Kevin Discepolo '09 in high school … Mother's cousin, Andrew Euston, is a 1956 Yale graduate.

Why Yale? "Once I stepped onto Yale's campus I knew it was going to be a perfect fit for me. I was able to attend a class and get a glimpse of all of the new things I would be exposed to. The coaches were supportive and encouraging and the team was friendly and welcoming. Attending Yale means that I will have endless opportunities to grow."


Erin Mullins
Garden City, N.Y.
Garden City
Long Island Express, Long Island Yellow Jackets

High school: Played four years of varsity lacrosse and three years of varsity field hockey … Won Dr. D female scholar-athlete award in 2011 … Honorable mention all-county , New York State all-tournament team and All-American Academic Squad in field hockey in 2010 … Won Dr. K field hockey dedication award in 2010 … Lacrosse team was New York State Class B Champions from 2008 through 2011 … Field hockey team was New York State Class B finalists in 2010, Long Island Champions in 2009 and New York State Class B Champions in 2008 … National AP Scholar … National Honor Society … National Spanish Honor Society.

Club teams: Played on Long Island Express as a sophomore and junior … Played for Yellow Jackets prior to that, starting in seventh grade … National Draw Champion in 2007 and 2008 with Yellow Jackets … Galaxy Champion in 2007 with Yellow Jackets.

Notes: Sister, Caitlin, played four years of field hockey at Columbia (captained team senior year) and walked on to play three years of lacrosse.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it has the best blend of academics and athletics. From the first moment I stepped on campus, I knew it was the school I wanted to attend. The beautiful campus amazes me every time I visit. Upon meeting the coaching staff, I immediately could sense that they have high hopes for the future, and I knew I wanted to be there when the dreams became a reality."


Emily Rutland
Madison, N.J.
STEPS Elite Lacrosse Club

High school: Played four years of lacrosse, captaining team as a senior … Academic All-American in 2010 and 2011 … Team MVP as a senior … Led team in assists as a junior and as a senior … Second-team All-Morris County as a senior … All-conference … First team All-Daily Record … Earned Coach's Award in 2010 and 2011 … Earned Morris County Scholar-Athlete award … Team was NJAC runners-up, semifinalists at county tournament and sectional finalists at state Group 1 Tournament in 2010 … Team was Northern Hills Conference Champions in 2008 and 2009… Also played four years of tennis, captaining team as a senior and as a junior … Was on swimming team as a senior.

Club teams: Played with STEPS Elite with Yale teammate Christina Doherty.

Notes: Volunteer for the SCEEP program tutoring children from Newark … Volunteer at the Madison Public Library … Went on service trip with church to Appalachia in 2010 to help build houses for low income families … Volunteer tutor for the National Honor Society … Volunteers with the Madison Youth Recreational lacrosse program … Is a tennis instructor.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offers a great combination of academics and athletics, and I was drawn to both the coaches and lacrosse team at Yale."


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity