As the 2008 Penn women’s lacrosse team prepares to launch the season and defend its Ivy title, Head Coach Karin Brower announced the Class of 2012, which will add seven freshmen to the 2009 lineup.
The class is composed of midfield/attackers Erin Brennan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Alison Geraghty (Nashville, Tenn./Harpeth Hall), Caroline Spillane (Darien, Conn. (Darien); midfielders Lindsay Godard (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Allison Tatios (West Chester, Pa./W.C. Bayard Rustin); defender Jen Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and goalkeeper Emily Leitner (Darien, Conn./Convent of the Sacred Heart).
The 2007 Quakers was undefeated in the Ivies and made Penn's first NCAA appearance in 23 years during its run to the semifinals. Brower was named the consensus National Coach of the Year while Sarah Waxman was the National Goalkeeper of the Year (IWLCA) and Hilary Renna was a Tewaaraton nominee.
A brief breakdown of each player along with comments from Coach Brower is provided below in alphabetical order:
Garden City High School
Garden City, N.Y.
High School: Two-time U.S. Lacrosse First-Team All-American (2006, 2007) ... 2007 RISE Magazine Lacrosse All-American ... Member of the U.S. Lacrosse U-19 Women’s National Training Team ... Two-time member of gold-medal winning Long Island team at Empire State Games ... 2007 U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American ... Led varsity team to 2006 and 2007 New York State Class B championships; appeared in the 2005 finals ... Has 174 goals, 102 assists, 141 ground balls and 111 caused turnovers ... Named NYS Class B Championship MVP (2006) and to the all-tournament team (2005, 2007) ... 2007 Newsday Nassau County Lacrosse Player of the Year ... 2007 Citibank-News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete Award ... Member of the N.Y.1 team that won the 2006 U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National H.S. Division I championship ... Two-time Newsday All-L.I. Lacrosse Team ... Member of the Long Island Elite Lacrosse Club Yellow Jackets Blue Team ... First-team All-Galaxy League ... Four-year varsity letterwinner in field hockey ... Team won two New York State Class B championships (2005, 2006) and appeared in the state finals in 2007 ... 2007 Newsday L.I. Field Hockey Player of the Year ... Three-time All-N.Y.S. Field Hockey Team ... Three-time Newsday All-L.I. Field Hockey Team ... 2007 Exceptional Senior Award and Scholar Athlete Award from the Nassau County Field Hockey Coaches Association ... USFHA Futures (2002-06) ... Member of USFHA 2004 U.S. Champion U-14 East Team at National Futures Tournament ... Varsity career totals: 25 goals, 46 assists ... Class treasurer ... National Honor Society member ... Spanish National Honor Society member ... Two-time Silver Medal Magna Cum Laude National Latin Examination ... 2006 Award of Excellence from the National Science Olympiad at the Long Island Regional Tournament ... 2005 Certificate of Honorable Merit Magna Cum Laude National Latin Examination.
Personal: Born April 9, 1990 ... Daughter of Suzanne and Lawrence Brennan ... Has one brother Gavin (age 20), sophomore at Wesleyan University ... Father is an attorney and retired Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court ... Mother is a retired reading department chairperson at Westbury Middle School, N.Y. ... Will enroll in Wharton, intending to concentrate in finance.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because it has everything I could ask for academically, athletically and socially. After visiting many other schools, it was clear to me that Penn was like no other. The team dynamic was unlike any I had seen before, and Penn is a place where I can play on a team competing to win the national championship while also getting the best education possible.”
Brower on Brennan: “Erin is one of the top midfield/attack recruits in the country. Erin was on the cover of Lacrosse Magazine as one of the best players in high school. She is a natural lefty which is a bonus, but more importantly than that she makes everyone around her better.”
Harpeth Hall High School
High School: Two-time first-team All-America selection ... Member of the Southeast National Team (2005-2007) ... Played for Metro Lacrosse Club ... Led Harpeth Hall to 2005 and 2006 state championships ... Captained her team as a junior ... Three-time first-team all-state selection ... Named to All-Galaxy first team ... Four-year soccer letterwinner.
Personal: Daughter of Susan and Jerry Geraghty ... Has two brothers, Brian (28) and Steven (26) ... Brother, Steven, played lacrosse at Washington & Lee (2001-03) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I feel that it has a great balance between academics and athletics. I fell in love with both the University and the lacrosse team and cannot wait to be a part of the Penn community.”
Brower on Geraghty: “Alison is a midfielder, but her strength lies in defense. We are in need of defenders and are excited for Alison to fill that need and be exceptional once she adjusts to the college game.”
Upper Arlington High School
Upper Arlington, Ohio
High School: 2008 Team Captain ... Member of the XTEAM Club Team ... Two-time Galaxy All-American ... Led Upper Arlington to 2007 state final ... Academic All-America selection ... Played for Great Lakes Team I at the national tournament ... Received the UA women’s lacrosse “Fever Award” for hard work and hustle ... Also lettered in tennis and cross country ... Captained the cross country team ... Led Upper Arlington to state meet in 2006 ... Academic All-Ohio in cross country ... Sophomore class president ... President of the Student Foundation ... Student Council member ... Upper Arlington Civic Association Junior Director ... Honor Roll student ... Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters ... Selected to participate at HOBY Leadership camp.
Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1989 ... Daughter of Cheryl and Doug Godard ... Has one brother, Trent (age 18), and one sister, Abby (age 13) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, intending to major in communications.
Why Penn: “Penn is an amazing school both academically and athletically. I am a city girl at heart and fell in love with Penn’s beautiful campus when I visited. The team is also really close, and Coaches Brower, Shaner and Lozano know so much about the game of lacrosse and seem like great coaches.”
Brower on Godard: “Lindsay is a tremendous athlete from a developing lacrosse area. She has speed, tenacity, and best of all is a sponge for knowledge.”
Westminster Senior High
High School: Played for M&D Lacrosse Club (2008 Black) ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors ... 2005 Challenge Cup and 2005 Galaxy National Champions ... 2006 Charm City Lacrosse Tournament champions ... M&D Select Team 2006 ... Two-time All-Galaxy second team selection ... Member of Mid-Atlantic Team #1 that won 2007 U.S. Lacrosse Schoolgirls Division Championship ... Two-time all-county and all-conference ... As a junior, co-county champion ... Two-time state semifinalist, regional finalist and second-place in MVAL Chesapeake Division ... Three-year field hockey letterwinner ... Field hockey team was Maryland 4A bracket semifinalists as a senior ... Twice named all-county and all-conference ... Senior-year captain ... Earned one letter in indoor track ... Three-year member of the National Honor Society; served as Vice President and Junior Representative ... Class of 2008 Representative ... Two-year yearbook Editor-in-Chief ... Girls’ Athletic Board Vice President ... Student Marshal ... Coordinated Red Cross blood drive for school community ... Volunteered at a special education school ... Assisted with Special Olympics ... Coached third and fourth grade recreational field hockey team ... Designed/organized/planned rally towel fundraiser for National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Feb. 21, 1990 ... Daughter of Denise and Mike Hardesty ... Has two brothers, Michael (age 15) and Mark (age 13) ... Will enroll in Wharton.
Why Penn? “Penn has the perfect balance of challenging/broad-ranged academics and competitive athletics. The urban setting and proximity to home were also factors in my decision.”
Brower on Hardesty: “Jen is a top defensive recruit. She has size, smarts, and game sense.”
Convent of the Sacred Heart (Greenwich, Conn.)
High School: Played for the Connecticut Lacrosse Futures (CTLF) ... Played for All-Lower New England Team in the 2007 US National Tournament ... 2007 honorable mention All-America ... Senior co-captain ... Starting goalie as a sophomore and junior ...Two-time Fairchester Athletic Association all-league selection ... Two-time FAA tournament finalist ... Team MVP as a junior ... Two-season record of 19-12 and 322 saves ... Save percentage/goals against average: .549/8.26 (in 2006); .584/8.38 (in 2007) ... Three-year basketball and field hockey letterwinner ... Co-captain of both teams ... Basketball team MVP and honorable mention All-FAA selection as a junior ... All-FAA field hockey selection as a senior ... Selected for the Riley Athletic Award (an all-around sports award) as a sophomore ... Student Council 2004-08 ... School Spirit Award Recipient 2004-07 ... Peer Leader 2008
Personal: Born June 11, 1990 ... Daughter of Rose and Chuck Leitner ... Father played lacrosse for Penn (1978-81) and is a member of the Athletic Board of Overseers at Penn ... Has three siblings, Sara (age 18), Maureen (age 12) and Charlie (age 15) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I loved the team and the lacrosse program and the school in general. It offers a lot of different options that I can take advantage of and I really like the urban location and the all-around atmosphere at Penn.”
Brower on Leitner: “I think that Emily has the confidence and demeanor to lead this team as she learns the college game. She has also done exceptionally well in the classroom and I think she is the epitome of who we want our Penn student-athletes to be.”
Darien High School
High School: Played for NewLAX club team ... Named to the All-Galaxy first and second teams ... Won the 2007 state championship ... Appeared in the 2006 state final ... Two-time FCIAC Champion ... Team ranked No. 1 in New England two consecutive years ... Named All-FCIAC first team, All-State first team and honorable mention All-America as a junior ... Two-year total of 143 goals and 67 assists ... Four-year soccer letterwinner and senior co-captain ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Born Dec. 26, 1989 ... Daughter of Hope and Paul Spillane... Father was a baseball and hockey player at Colby ... Has two brothers, Nick (age 22), senior captain of the baseball team at Colby, and Sam (age 19), a freshman lacrosse player at Duke ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I knew that I would be challenged by both academics and lacrosse and have the opportunity to grow as a person, a student and an athlete.”
Brower on Spillane: “Caroline is a tremendous athlete. A lefty attacker who can finish, Caroline will help to fill our attack. Caroline's brother plays for Duke and was a highly recruited athlete, so it is in her blood. She is gifted, strong, and mentally tough. She has a rocket shot and the instinct for when to go to goal.”
W.C. Bayard Rustin
West Chester, Pa.
High School: Member of SEPA 2008 Philadelphia ... Honorable mention All-American ... Played for Upper Atlantic ... Member of Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association (PAGLA) ... Two-time Ches-Mont champion ... District I playoff finalist (2006) and semifinalist (2007) ... Two-time first team all-area and all-Ches-Mont ... Earned the coach’s Outstanding Offensive Player Award ... Two-time captain ... Two-year soccer letterwinner ... Member of National Honor Society and National Art Honors Society ... Young Life Volunteer
Personal: Born Aug. 16, 1989 ... Daughter of Beverly and Steven Tatios ... Father played lacrosse and wrestled for Drexel ... Has three sisters Lauren, (age 20), Julie (age 16) and Jill (age 13) ... Lauren plays lacrosse at WCU ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “The University of Pennsylvania provides a balance of academics and athletics. Being in Philadelphia, Penn opens a world of opportunity, especially in the arts.”
Brower on Tatios: “Allison is a fantastic person and player. She is a true leader and comes from an exceptional family.Her work ethic is remarkable, and although small in stature she plays big’ on the field.”