PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania announced nine additions to its women’s lacrosse program as members of the Class of 2018 today. Head Coach Karin Corbett will welcome nine newcomers to her lineup as the Quakers look to add a ninth consecutive Ivy League championship to their Ivy-record run.
“I am excited about this incoming class,” Corbett said. “Our program is coming off an exciting and historic year, and these nine young women will all be able to come right in and contribute to the continued success of our group. Each is a dynamic talent on the field and an outstanding contributor in the classroom and they will carry on our tradition of cultivating complete student-athletes at Penn.”
The group hails from five states and the District of Columbia, including Penn’s first-ever recruit from the State of California.
Four players have earned high school All-American honors during their prep careers, and three have earned Academic All-American honors.
Championship pedigree will continue for the Red and Blue as the group has combined for four state championships during their high school careers and another 18 league, district or region titles.
The Quakers will return 26 players from its 2014 Ivy League championship team, including 11 who started 12 or more games. In addition, 2013 Ivy League Midfielder of the Year Shannon Mangini is expected to return from an injury which sidelined her for the entirety of 2014.
#30 Alex Condon | M
Dunn Loring, Va./James Madison High
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Twice served as team captain … Two-time state champion (2011, 2013) … Two-time Northern Regional champion (2011, 2013) … Four-time Liberty District champion (2011-14) … 2014 Liberty District Player of the Year … Four-time first-team All-District … Three-time second-team All-Region (2011-13) … 2013 Academic All-American … 2013 Scholar Athlete Award recipient … Twice named All-Region … Also lettered three times in field hockey … Captained team in 2013 … 2013 first-team All-District in field hockey … 2013 first-team All-Region in field hockey … 2013 second-team All-State in field hockey … National Science Honor Society member … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Monica and Michael Condon … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
#9 Katie Cromie | D
Allendale, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy
High School: Four-time letterwinner… Served as team captain … 2014 Academic All-American … 2014 New Jersey Group IV quarterfinalist … 2013 New Jersey Group IV state finalist … Four-time runner-up in Bergen County … 2014 first-team All-Bergen County … 2013 second-team All-Bergen County … 2014 first-team All-League ... 2014 first-team All-North Jersey ... Named Best Defender in New Jersey by Star Ledger in 2014 … Recipient of 2014 Immaculate Heart Academy Athletic Career Achievement Award … Senior Class Officer … High Honor Roll student … Science League member … One of 10 Prefect Student Ambassadors in senior class … Volunteered at All is Well Boutique, a non-profit organization which raises money to support cancer research and care.
Personal: Daughter of Patricia VanTassel-Cromie and John Cromie … Mother played tennis at Fordham … Cousin, Alex, played women’s lacrosse at Fairfield from 2008-12 … Cousin, Matt, plays lacrosse at Drexel … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
#20 Caroline Cummings | A
Menlo Park, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep
High School: Four-time letterwinner … 2014 US Lacrosse first-team All-American … 2012 US Lacrosse honorable mention All-American … Two-time West Bay Athletic League champion (2013, 2014) … Three-time first-team All-League (2011-12, 2014) … 2013 West Bay Athletic League Most Valuable Player … Twice a member of Under Armour Underclass Games West team (2012, 2013) … Named to Nor Cal Women’s Division National Tournament team as a freshman in 2011 … Selected to US Lacrosse U15 All-Tournament team in 2011 … Also lettered three times in basketball … Served as basketball team captain … Named 2014 Athlete of Distinction at Sacred Heart Prep … Volunteered at Boys and Girls Club … Volunteered at Saint Anthony’s souk kitchen.
Personal: Daughter of Lynne Young and Scott Cummings … Mother played tennis at California … Father played lacrosse at Brown … Grandfather, James Young, played baseball at Michigan … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in communications.
#23 Jacklyn D’Alleva | D
High School: 2014 All-American … 2014 New York state champion … Team finished 19-2 in 2014 … Two-time Long Island champion (2013, 2014) … Two-time Nassau County Class B champion (2013, 2014) … Advanced to 2013 New York state semifinals … 2014 All-County … Chosen to represent Nassau County in 2014 Long Island All-American game … Named All-Long Island by MSGH Varsity in 2014 … Also lettered in soccer and track ... Captained soccer team junior and senior year … Named All-County in soccer in 2013 and All-Class in soccer in 2012 … Earned All-Class and All-County honors in track in 2012 … Ran on 4x200 relay which qualified for the state championships … Four-year Scholar-Athlete … Student Council member … St. Mary’s Youth Ministry member … Manhasset Junior Coalition Against Breast Cancer member … Earned Manhasset English Department’s Special Recognition Award … Manhasset’s Diane Whipple Scholarship recipient.
Personal: Daughter of Maureen and Rocco D’Alleva … Played high school lacrosse with current Penn teammates Sarah Barcia, Meg Markham and Natalie Stefan … Published writer, with short stories and poems appearing in the Scholastic Scope “Lewis Hine Writing Contest” and Teen Ink … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
#31 Maureen Leitner | D
Darien, Conn./Convent of the Sacred Heart
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Served as captain senior season … 2011 Fairchester Athletic League champion … 2013 All-Fairchester League … Named Western New England Prep School Women’s Lacrosse Association All-Star in 2013 … 2014 Katie Cassidy Higgins Award recipient at Convent of the Sacred Heart … Selected to represent Lower New England at 2013 national tournament … Also lettered four times in field hockey … Served as captain senior season … Named All-Fairchester in 2013 … 2011 Western New England All-Star … 2013 NFHCA National Academic Squad member … Honor Roll student … Won first place in Greenwich Magazine Photo Contest (Black and White category) in 2012 … Peer Leadership mentor … Hand Bell Choir member … Co-founder of GoPink club raising money for breast cancer awareness … Joshua House Foundation member.
Personal: Daughter of Rose and Chuck Leitner … Father was an All-American goalkeeper at Penn, graduating in 1981 … Older sister, Emily, played lacrosse at Penn (2008-12) and was a two-time All-Ivy and All-Region goalkeeper … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
#27 Emilia Lopez-Ona | M
Princeton, N.J./Princeton High School
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Served as team captain … Two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2013, 2014) … 2013 Under Armour Underclass All-American … 2013 US Lacrosse Academic All-American … Twice a member of US Lacrosse Schoolgirls South Jersey Team (2012, 2013) … 2011 Mercer County champion … First-team All-CVC (2013) … Named All-League by The Trentonian in 2012 and 2013 … First-team All-Princeton Packet (2012, 2013) … Named third-team All-State by The Star-Ledger (2013) … Named All-South Jersey by The Star-Ledger (2013) … 2013 Princeton Town Topics Top Female Performer … Princeton High School’s MVP in 2013 … Also lettered four times in field hockey and indoor track … Captained field hockey team … Two-time first-team All-CVC by The Trenton Times in field hockey (2012, 2013) … Also received All-CVC honors from The Trentonian in 2012 and 2013 … Three-time first-team All-Princeton Packet (2011-13) …
Twice named first-team All-Central Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association (2012, 2013) … Princeton’s MVP in 2013 … Princeton’s Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2012 … Coaches’ Award recipient in 2011 … Sectional medalist in 4x400 relay in 2014 … AP Scholar with honors … Peer advisor … Princeton Special Sports volunteer … Princeton Girls Lacrosse assistant coach.
Personal: Daughter of Jacqueline Knowlton and John Lopez-Ona … Father played lacrosse at Franklin and Marshall … Enrolled in Wharton.
#29 Dory Merritt | M
Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends
High School: Four-time letterwinner .. Served as team captain … Named All-Independent Schools League in 2012 … Also lettered once in soccer … AP Scholar … Second place in 2013 Chinese Bridge Speech Competition … Served as head of Team 14 Club, Sidwell Friends’ Diversity Club … Serves as Chinese tutor to elementary school children.
Personal: Daughter of Valerie Graham and Lavell Martin, Jr. … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as an international relations major.
#10 Natalie Stefan | M
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Twice served as team captain … 2014 New York state champion … Team finished 19-2 in 2014 … Two-time Long Island champion (2013, 2014) … Two-time Nassau County champion (2013, 2014) … Advanced to the 2013 New York state semifinals … Missed senior season with injury … 2013 US Lacrosse All-American … 2013 MSG Varsity first-team All-Tri-State … Twice named All-Nassau County (2012, 2013) … Twice named Under Armour Underclassmen All-American (2012, 2013) … Twice competed in US Lacrosse National Tournament for LI Metro Team 1 (2012, 2013) … Ranked No. 7 in 2013 National Girls Top 25 of Class of 2014 … Four-time Nassau County Scholar Athlete (2011-14) … Also lettered four times in soccer, serving as captain senior season … Three-time All-Class honoree in soccer (2011-13) … Named All-Conference in soccer in 2010 … Lettered in indoor track one time … Named All-State and All-County in indoor track in 2010-11 in the 4x200 relay … News 12 Scholar Athlete Award recipient … Honor Roll student all four years … Key Club member … Manhasset Junior Coalition Against Breast Cancer member … National Spanish Honor Society member … National Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Diana and Val Stefan … High school teammate of current Penn teammates Sarah Barcia, Jacklyn D’Alleva and Meg Markham … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
#33 Tara Ulepic | GK
Herndon, Va./Bishop O’Connell
High School: Four-time letterwinner … Served as team captain in 2014 … Honorable mention All-Catholic Conference in 2013 and 2014 … Coaches Award recipient from Bishop O’Connell in 2014 … Presidential Volunteer Service Award recipient … Knights of Columbus Service Award Scholarship recipient … Virginia Society for Technology in Education Student Technology Challenge third place finisher … Received secondary diploma for completion of Global Studies Program at Bishop O’Connell … Coaches youth lacrosse … Tutors at local elementary schools … Volunteers at Blue Skies Cancer center.
Personal: Daughter of Sheryl and David Ulepic … Father ran track and field at Case Western Reserve … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a Philosophy, Politics and Economics major.