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Class of 2023 Includes Eight New Bulldogs

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)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's lacrosse team welcomes eight first years to the roster for 2019-20. The Class of 2023, announced Tuesday, represents four different states and includes six midfielders, one midfielder/attacker and one attacker.

The incoming class is comprised of midfielder Bri Carrasquillo (Alpharetta, Ga.), midfielder Chloe Conaghan (Chevy Chase, Md.), midfielder Ana Dieroff (Fayetteville, N.Y.), midfielder Jenny Giampalmo (Howard County, Md.), midfielder JoJo Gum (Dallas, Texas), midfielder Olivia Sokol (Baltimore, Md.), midfielder Anna Vetsch (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Delaney Vu (Sound Beach, N.Y.).

The newcomers bring impressive credentials to New Haven:

  • Six were lacrosse team captains, and four also served as captains of other sports
  • Six won championships at either the conference, county, district or state level
  • Four have been named All-Americans
  • Two have earned national academic honors

The new Bulldogs have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, including coaching youth lacrosse, helping people with disabilities learn how to ski, working for the One Love Foundation, volunteering at a homeless shelter and tutoring students in math. Their talents include a capella singing, playing the guitar and playing the violin.

The newcomers join a Yale team that showed many signs of progress last season, its fourth with Erica Bamford as the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Women's Lacrosse. The Bulldogs set the school record for draw controls (243) and finished with the fourth-most assists (89) and points (277) in Yale history. They improved their goals-per-game average by 17 percent compared to the previous season.

For the upcoming season Yale returns 10 players who started at least eight games, including the team's top four goal scorers.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Bri Carrasquillo

#5
Midfielder 
5-8
Alpharetta, Ga.
Milton High School
Long Island Yellow Jackets 

USA Lacrosse: 2018 U19 Women's National Lacrosse tryout invitee. 

Milton High School: US Lacrosse All-American 2018 and 2019 … Six-year varsity player (five-year starter, since eighth grade) on varsity lacrosse … 2019 Georgia High School Sports Zone Athlete of the Week … 2019 Brine/US Lacrosse Athlete of the month … 2019 Senior Under Armour All-American South Team … 2018-2019 AJC High School Player of the Year … 2018 and 2019 first team all-state … 2018 and 2019 Milton MVP … 2018 Under Armour South Highlight Team … 2018 Long Island girls' lacrosse Player to Watch list … 2018 ILWomen Young Gun Seniors Top 100 On the Rise List … Three-time Brine/US Lacrosse Player of the Week 2018 … Two-time South Brine/US Lacrosse Player of the week 2018 … 2016 and 2017 All County Award … 2017 Coaches Award … 2017 ILWomen Young Gun Juniors Watch List … 2016 Nike Elite 120 Top Performer … 361 career points, led Milton 2018 and 2019 in goals and draw controls -- 80 goals 128 draw controls junior year, 80 goals 188 draw controls senior year … 2018 and 2019 GHSA 6A-7A State Champions … 2017 Suffolk County 'B' finals … Also ran cross country (2015 first team all-league) … On winter track team 2014-17, co-captain sophomore year … All-league in track 2014 … 2017 Coaches Award recipient in track … Member of National Honor Society senior year.

Long Island Yellow Jackets: 2016 Lax for the Cure Champs … 2016 U15 US National Champions … 2015 Summer Classic Champs.

Notes: Hobbies include skiing, hiking, mountain biking, going to the beach and spending time with her family ... Coach for Eagle Stix 2027/2028 Rising Stars youth lacrosse team and gives lessons to other youth girls … Multiple college athletes in her family… Aunt attended Harvard where she ran cross country and cycled … Grandfather attended Villanova where he played DI football … Mother played DII basketball at Dowling College.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it offers infinite opportunities both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. I was immediately drawn to the camaraderie and culture embodied by the team."

 

 

Chloe Conaghan

#8
Midfielder
5-5
Chevy Chase, Md.
National Cathedral School
Capital Lacrosse Club 

National Cathedral School:  US Lacrosse All-American 2018 and 2019 … Captained lacrosse team junior and senior years … Four-year all- league … Four-year MVP … Four-year All-Met Honorable Mention … Led team in scoring all four years, ending with a total of 244 goals and 295 draw controls … National Cathedral High Point Cup for athletic points runner-Up 2018, winner 2019 … Team was 2017 league champions and 2018 league co-champions … Basketball team captain junior and senior years … Also played field hockey.

Notes: Plays the guitar … Sung a cappella in high school … Was in a Nickelodeon commercial in fourth grade. 

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of how bonded and welcoming the team was when I visited. I also knew I would be able to find a perfect balance of strong lacrosse and amazing academics. BAR pizza is really good too." 

 

 

Ana Dieroff

#1
Midfielder
5-9
Fayetteville, N.Y.
Jamesville DeWitt
Outlaws, Orange Crush

Jamesville DeWitt: US Lacrosse All-American 2019 … Captained three teams: gymnastics, indoor track and lacrosse … All-CNY 2019 … Led lacrosse team in scoring as a junior and senior … As a junior was Academic All-American, first team all-league, second team all-state, All-CNY in lacrosse … Was second team all-league in lacrosse from 8th grade through 10th grade … Lacrosse team was state semi-finalist her junior and senior seasons … Lacrosse team was sectional champions her sophomore, junior and senior seasons … First team all-county in gymnastics in grades 8, 9 and10 … Gymnastics team was sectional champions when she was in grades 8-12 … First team all-league in track as a junior and senior … Sectional champion in 600m and 18th in state as a junior … Runner-up in 300m and 600m in state as a senior … Indoor track team was sectional champions during her junior and senior seasons.

Notes: Avid hiker and aspiring 46er … Volunteers to help people with disabilities learn to ski … Volunteer with hometown youth lacrosse program … Parents both have Ivy League connections -- father got MBA at Cornell and mother got undergraduate degree from Cornell … Father played lacrosse at the United States Military Academy.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the diverse learning experience and incredible opportunities it offers."

 

 

Jenny Giampalmo

#17
Midfielder

5-6
Howard County, Md.
Glenelg High School
Hero's Tournament Lacrosse Club

Glenelg High School: Lacrosse team captain as a senior … First team all-Howard County 2018 and 2019 … Maryland 2A lacrosse state champion 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Field hockey team captain as a junior and senior … 2018 Howard County Player of the year in field hockey … Second team all-Maryland in field hockey 2018 … First team all-Met in field hockey 2018 … 2017 first team all-Howard County in field hockey 2018 … Second team all-Howard County in field hockey 2016 … Maryland 2A field hockey state champions 2017 … Was on indoor track team in 2015 and 2016 … Glenelg High School Female Athlete of the year 2018-19.

Why Yale? "I was first interested in Yale because of its high-level academics and athletics. I knew for sure it was the school for me when I visited the campus and immediately felt welcomed by the coaches and the students."

 

JoJo Gum

#41
Midfielder
5-6
Dallas, Texas
The Hockaday School
GRIT Lacrosse

The Hockaday School: US Lacrosse All-American 2019 … Captained lacrosse team senior year … Jackie Pitts Award Winner 2019 … All-state 2018, 2019 … All-district 2017 … All-conference 2018, 2019 … MVP 2018, 2019 … Team was conference and state champions 2018 … Team was district champions 2017 … Also played four years of varsity field hockey; captained team senior year …  National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad as a junior and senior … All-conference in field hockey 2018 … MVP in field hockey 2018 … Also played three years of varsity basketball; captained team senior year … Played varsity soccer her freshman year.

GRIT Lacrosse: Adrenaline Senior All American 2019.

Notes: Began working with Bridge Lacrosse in her sophomore year, bringing lacrosse and the life lessons that can be gained from it into under-resourced communities in North Texas … Multiple college athletes in her family … Father ran track at Dartmouth … Cousin played lacrosse at Dartmouth … Cousin at Hamilton playing lacrosse … Grandfather ran track at the University of Missouri.

Why Yale? "Yale gave me an opportunity to experience both an amazing athletics program as well as excellent academics. Also the friendly atmosphere both on the team and Yale as a whole made me feel at home."

 

Olivia Sokol

#9
Midfielder/Attacker
5-9
Baltimore, Md.
Episcopal High School
TLC Red

Episcopal High School: Second-leading scorer (42 goals) 2019 … All-ISL 2018-2019 Draw controls leader 2018 … All-conference in field hockey 2018-2019 … Also on track and field team 2018.

Notes: Involved in One Love Foundation, organization named after Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love and dedicated to ending relationship abuse … Grandfather attended Yale School of Medicine.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale for the incredible opportunities it provides, it's phenomenal athletic and academic programs, and for the beautiful campus where I immediately felt at home the moment I first saw it. I am beyond excited to be a part of this community and team!"

 

Anna Vetsch

#4
Midfielder
5-4
Marcellus, N.Y.
Marcellus High School
Outlaw Ladies

Marcellus High School: Captain of lacrosse team 2019 … All-CNY 2019 … Led team in points (73), goals (49) and assists (24) in 2019 … First team all-league 2018 and 2019 … Led team in goals (46) in 2018 …Second team all-league 2017 … Rookie of the Year 2016 … Scholar-athlete 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 …Team was 2017 league champions … Captain of soccer team 2018 … Third team all-state in soccer 2018 … Led soccer team in goals (17) 2018 … Soccer team MVP 2017 and 2018 … First-team all-league in soccer 2017 and 2018 … All Section 3 Team in soccer 2017 and 2018 … Toyota Athlete of the Week in soccer 2018 … Second team all-state in soccer 2017 … Led soccer team in assists 2017 … Second Team all-league in soccer 2016 … Rookie of the Year in soccer 2016 … Scholar-athlete in soccer 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Soccer team was 2018 league champions … Does community service projects as part of Character Education Club.

Notes: Sister, Abby, plays lacrosse at UConn.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the high level of both academics and athletics that the university offers."

 

Delaney Vu

#24
Attacker
5-5
Sound Beach, N.Y.
Rocky Point High School
Team Elevate 2019 Blue

Rocky Point High School: Lacrosse team captain … All-Division Award 2018, 2019 … Five-year varsity starter … 2018 Suffolk Zone Award … Team was Suffolk County Class B Finalists 2017 … Five-year varsity winter track sprinter; captained team … Played soccer (JV captain freshman year) … New York State Public High School Scholar-Athlete 2016-2019 … AP Scholar Award … Participated in school blood drive … Open School Night -- directed new high school parents to classrooms … Played violin in orchestra … National Honor Society -- tutored students in biology … New York State Math Honor Society secretary, tutored students for Algebra II … Section XI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … Athletes Helping Athletes -- met with sixth graders and advocated sportsmanship, anti-drug use, and perseverance … Leader's Club -- treasurer, organized Christmas clothing drive, organized "Dig Pink" (a volleyball breast cancer fundraiser), organized Varsity Sports Banquet.

Team Elevate 2019 Blue: Top of the Bay Champions 2016, 2017.

Notes: Volunteer at Maureen's Haven Homeless Outreach -- helped set up beds and prepare dinner … Volunteered at Little Flower School Foundation Fundraiser -- sold raffle tickets … Employee at Harbes Farm and Fresh & Hot Bagels … Babysitter for autistic 11-year-old boy … Involved in training youth lacrosse players … Assistant coach for youth soccer.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it allows me to pursue excellence in both athletics and academics. I immediately felt at home when I first visited the campus and knew that it was a place that I could reach my full potential as a student-athlete."

 

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity