HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Amy Patton will have a wealth of new faces in the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse program for the 2014 season. In addition to new assistant coaches Tracy Coyne and Jessica Drummond, Patton has announced the nine student-athletes who will make up the Class of 2017 set to make their debut with the program this spring.
Linda Marie Attanasio, Taryn Deck, Kelly Dolan, Francesca Gundrum, Blake Hamblett, Kristen Hinckley, Lauren Maiorano, Julia Reiley and Courtney Weisse comprise the Big Green freshmen that will join a program that has been to the NCAA Tournament the last three seasons.
"We are excited about the caliber of student-athletes in this class both from a leadership and athletic perspective,” Patton said. “This group of talented young women will immediately raise the level of our practices and we are excited to see how they will grow within our program over their four years here.
“Their pedigree is one of winning during their high school careers and we look forward to bringing those experiences to our program and the championship goals we have each season," Patton continued.
Dartmouth advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season and was once again a finalist in the Ivy League Tournament. With the graduation of seven players from that team, fans can expect this talented freshman class to step up and make an impact in 2014.
Linda Marie Attanasio
Garden City, N.Y. – Defense
A four-year varsity player at Garden City High School, Attanasio brings a wealth of championship pedigree with her to Hanover. A 2013 US Lacrosse All-American, she helped lead her teams to a 76-7 record in four years en route to three Long Island, Nassau County and Class B State Championships. During that time, she also garnered all-state, all-county, all-tri state and All-Long Island honors as well as being named team MVP as a senior.
Wayne, Pa. – Midfield
Deck split her four-year high school career between Radnor (2009-12) and Archbishop Carroll (2012-13). In her lone season at Archbishop Carroll, Deck helped lead her team to the 2013 Philadelphia Catholic League Championship and a perfect 8-0 record, while being recognized individually as a US Lacrosse First-Team All-American. Her play during her one season at Archbishop Carroll also saw her earn Philadelphia Catholic League MVP. In 2010, she was part of a Radnor team that posted a 23-1 mark en route to the Central League and Pennsylvania State titles.
Barrington, R.I. – Midfield
Dolan was a two-time US Lacrosse First-Team All-American during her four seasons at Barrington High School. Earning the distinction during her junior and senior seasons, Dolan also was named an All-American Honorable Mention player her sophomore year. In four years, Dolan’s team reached the Rhode Island State Championship Game each season, winning the title in both 2010 and 2013, capping an undefeated senior campaign. Her play on the field was recognized with three all-state first-team selections (2011-13).
Grafton, N.Y. – Midfield
A senior captain, Gundrum comes to Dartmouth following an outstanding four-year run at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. As team captain, she helped lead her squad to a berth in the state finals and a 12-4 overall record. A Section II First-Team All-Star all four years, she was also recognized by local media outlets for her play, garnering Player of the Week honors from both the Troy Record and the Times Union in Albany. A dual-sport threat, Gundrum was also a top field hockey player in high school.
Wayne, Pa. – Midfield
Hamblett comes to the Upper Valley after a three-year varsity career at Conestoga High School. As a senior, she served as her team’s captain and was rewarded for her play on the field with First-Team All-America honors as well as Academic All-American honors for her work in the classroom. Hamblett also earned First-Team All-Central League honors and was named her team’s MVP in her final season at Conestoga.
Bryn Mawr, Pa. – Midfield
A three-sport athlete at The Episcopal Academy, Hinckley was a member of a team that won four Interac League Championships (2010-2013) and three PAISAA crowns (2011-13). Individually, she was recognized as a member of the Philadelphia Showcase All-Star Team in 2010 as well as First-Team All-Interac, All-Delco and All-Main Line in 2013. Hinckley was also honored as her team’s MVP as voted by the coaching staff and players her final season at The Episcopal Academy.
Chatham, N.J. - Midfield
In three seasons at Chatham, Maiorano was part of three New Jersey Group 2 State Championships with a combined record of 69-12. In addition, Chatham also claimed two Morris County and one conference crown with Maiorano on the team. An All-American Honorable Mention player as a senior, she was also a team MVP and an All-Morris County First-Team Selection in 2103. Another player who brings leadership qualities to the Big Green, Maiorano served as team captain in her final season of high school lacrosse.
Marblehead, Mass. – Goalkeeper
Familiar with the Granite State, Reiley attended St. Paul’s School in Concord from 2009-13 where she played lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey. She was tabbed as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American her final season at St. Paul’s in addition to earning ISL Honorable Mention recognition. As both a sophomore and junior, Reiley was also honored as one of the top players in either New Hampshire or Vermont with spots on Teams 1 and 2 at WDNT. Her play helped St. Paul’s go a perfect 16-0 in 2013, claiming the ISL Championship and earning the No. 1 ranking among New England Prep School teams.
Westfield, N.J. – Attack
Weisse comes to Hanover from Westfield High School in New Jersey where she was a two-time lacrosse team captain. An up-and-coming young player, she was recognized as a member of several rising player watch lists as she joins the Big Green. A dominant player since her freshman year at Westfield, she led her team in points and assists as a rookie in 2010. Weisse would continue that trend and re-write many of the program’s scoring records in her four years, including the new standard for assists in a game, season and career. On multiple occasions, she was honored with her team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player honor.