PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown women’s lacrosse head coach Keely McDonald ’00 is pleased to announce the addition of 10 student-athletes set to join the program’s roster for the 2017 season. The Bears’ class of 2020 includes four midfielders, three defenders, two attackmen and one goalie.
Six different states represent the class of freshmen as New York boasts three rookies while Pennsylvania and Massachusetts each have two newcomers. Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas are also represented in this year’s class with one student-athlete.
Hometown: Montclair, N.J.
High School: Montclair High School
Bigelow Facts: Member of the 2015 Under Armour All-American New Jersey Team … Selected First Team All-County, First Team All-Conference, Freedom Conference Player of the Year and All-Group … Posted 205 saves as a senior … Earned the Essex County Scholar Athlete Award and Academic All-American honors.
Why Brown?: “I choose Brown because I wanted a school I could thrive both athletically and academically. Brown is the best fit for me in terms of that, as student-athletes take their studies and sports seriously here. Also, the athletic facilities are fantastic.”
Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.
High School: Huntington High School
DeGennaro Facts: Led Huntington High School in scoring with 52 goals and 23 assists … Finished her career with 165 goals and 67 assists for 232 points … Named Offensive MVP (2014 and 2015), All-County (2014 and 2016) and All-Division (2013) … Named Top 100 Long Island Players in 2016… Member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society.
Why Brown?: “I chose Brown for its academic excellence, the open curriculum, and the opportunity to play the sport I love at an elite level.”
Hometown: Hingham, Mass.
High School: Thayer Academy
Farden Facts: Winner of Nancy DiNatale Taylor Prize as the top senior female athlete in 2016 … Tied for the leading scorer at Thayer Academy while achieving All-League, All-ISL and winning the Coaches Award as a senior … Selected to the Regional All-Star Team for Lower New England (LNE) and played in the U.S. High School National Tournament in 2015 … Member of the Cum Laude Society.
Why Brown?: “I chose Brown because I love both the open, passionate, and collaborative spirit of the classroom and the energy, warmth, and enthusiasm of the community.”
Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pa.
High School: Agnes Irwin
Fryer Facts: Recorded 259 draw controls, 195 ground balls, 73 caused turnovers, 50 goals and 43 assists in her career … Named All-American, All-Main Line First Team and All-Interac First Team in 2016 … Recipient of the Coaches Award in 2016 and the Excellence Award in 2015 … Earned Academic All-American honors in 2015.
Why Brown?: “My favorite thing about Brown is the people. From the minute I stepped on campus, I noticed a warmth and openness from all the students and faculty. The open curriculum was also a big factor and the lacrosse program was so welcoming.”
Hometown: Villanova, Pa.
High School: Episcopal Academy
Hondros Facts: Selected to Inside Lacrosse Women’s Top Incoming Freshmen Watch List … Named First Team All-America … Recorded 60 goals, 10 assists, 113 draw controls, 25 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers and three interceptions as a senior … Selected First Team All-Interac (2015, 2016) and First Team All-Delco … Two-time Academic All-America (2015, 2016).
Why Brown?: “I wanted an academically rigorous university where I could pursue a wide variety of my interests while competing in Division I lacrosse. Brown was the perfect fit for me academically, athletically, and socially.”
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: The Episcopal School of Dallas
Kung Facts: Selected to Inside Lacrosse Women’s Top Incoming Freshmen Watch List … Two-time All-State (DI) and All-SPC in 2015 and 2016 … Selected for the IL Women’s Young Gun Senior Watch List … Earned Best Player at the Hot 100 Showcase … Selected as her team’s Unsung Hero in 2015 and 2016 … Named Academic All-American in 2016 … Four-time recipient of the Presidents Student Service Award.
Why Brown?: “Brown had everything I was looking for in a school–rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and a wonderful diverse community. It’s the perfect fit for me, since the open curriculum allows me the freedom to pursue a double major while playing lacrosse at the most competitive level.”
Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
High School: Greenwich High School
Paletta Facts: Played her freshman year at UNC (2016), appearing in six games … Scored her first collegiate goal against High Point (2/12) … Led her high school team to a state championship in 2012 … Named Under Armour All-American, First Team All-State, First Team All-FCIAC and Team MVP as a junior in 2013 … Achieved academic honors.
Why Brown?: “I chose to attend Brown University so that I could pursue my academic and athletic ambitions equally and at the highest level possible.”
Hometown: Manhasset, N.Y.
High School: Manhasset High School
Pidedjian Facts: Received the News 12 Scholar Athlete Award and the Nassau Zone of New York State Outstanding Athlete Award … Selected as Newsday’s Top 100 Players to Watch on Long Island … Guided her high school team to a Class B New York State Championship in 2014 … Earned the Scholar-Athlete Award in both lacrosse and field hockey.
Why Brown?: “I chose Brown for its academic excellence and amazing lacrosse program. I look forward to pursuing my interests with the open curriculum while being able to play lacrosse at a highly competitive level.”
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
High School: Christian Brothers Academy
Vercillo Facts: Tallied 64 points with 24 goals and 40 assists as a senior … Finished her career with 97 goals, 94 assists and 191 points … Named All-American, First Team All-League and All-CNY as a senior while guiding her team to a Section 3 and State Class A Championship … Her team finished the season ranked second in the nation by Lax Power with a 21-0 record … Achieved high honors all four years.
Why Brown?: “Excellent academics, great vibe and atmosphere. The coaches, players and students made me feel at home the moment I stepped foot on campus.”
Hometown: Duxbury, Mass.
High School: Duxbury High School and Choate Rosemary Hall
Williams Facts: Two-time All-American … Recorded 306 goals and 121 assists in her career … Named Patriot League MVP in 2015 … Selected EMGLCA First Team as a junior and senior … Achieved Boston Globe All-Scholastic, Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Scholastic as a junior and senior.
Why Brown?: “The open curriculum and the welcoming atmosphere I felt whenever I visited campus.”