LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 8/24/11
From Press Releases
Head coach Jenny Levy and University of North Carolina this week welcome to campus a nine-member freshman class for the 2012 season. The class is highlighted by a quartet of Under Armour All-Americans, Paula Schmidt (Wantagh, N.Y.), Kelly Devlin (Downingtown, Pa.), Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md.), and Caileigh Sindall (Silver Spring, Md.). Sindall played for the U.S. Under-19 national team that won the world championship in Germany this summer and earned All-World honors.
The class includes two other Long Island natives beside Schmidt – Yorktown twin sisters Lindsay and Sarah, as well as three players from Maryland and one each from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey. both will attend UNC and play for the Tar Heels next season. Overall, the class includes a nice blend of attackers, midfielders and defenders.
“We’re really excited about this year’s freshman class,” says Levy, who will enter her 17th season in 2012. “We brought in a really well-rounded class, though we didn’t sign a goalie since we already have three returning from last season. We really needed to reload the offensive end a little bit with a few key additions, put some depth in our midfield since our midfield was really young last year and bring in some defensive players who will vie for time right away given our losses from last year.
“We have obviously graduated a lot of offense in the last couple of years, so we were looking to restock the lineup on that end of the field,” Levy continues. “We needed some lefties and brought in two in Lindsay Scott and Paula Schmidt, both of whomplayed midfield in high school and have played a lot of offense. We needed vision and stickwork and someonewho can move the ball, and Morgan Rubin does that very well, along with SamMcGee.
“We needed some midfielders and brought in two middies that we think can really help us in Kelly Devlin and Eileen Giles. Kelly is tall and we are excited about her size and vision. Eileen gives us great speed. Seeing her play this summer, she’s made some great improvements in her game.
“On the defensive end, we graduated three starters after last year. We bring in three kids, one of whom is Caileigh Sindall, who will probably be one of the leaders of theclass. She just played for the U.S. U-19 team that won the world championship this summer and she was one of five Americans named All-World. We’re looking forward to Caileigh continuing what she has been doing and potentially filling a pretty big role for us on the defensive end.
“We also have Sarah Scott, who is Lindsay Scott’s twin sister, and Courtney Waite, who played at middie in high school but we see her more as a defensive middie with her great speed.”
UNC Women’s Lacrosse 2012 Freshman Class
Kelly Devlin, Midfield, Downingtown, Pa. (Downingtown East)
Eileen Giles, Defense/Midfield, Concord, Mass. (Middlesex School)
Sam McGee, Midfield, Baltimore, Md. (Bryn Mawr School)
Morgan Rubin, Attack/Midfield, Baltimore, Md. (Bryn Mawr School)
Paula Schmidt, Attack/Midfield, Wantagh, N.Y. (Wantagh)
Lindsay Scott, Attack, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (Yorktown)
Sarah Scott, Defense, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (Yorktown)
Caileigh Sindall, Defense, Silver Spring, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
Courtney Waite, Defense/Midfield, Bernardsville, N.J. (Bernards)
Biographical Notes on Incoming UNC Freshman Players
Schmidt (Wantagh, N.Y.) played as an attacking midfielder for the North squad in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, controlling three draws. She tallied 59 goals, 39 assists and 45 ground balls as a senior at Wantagh HS in Wantagh, N.Y. As a junior she recorded 55 goals and 46 assists. An All-America and All-Long Island selection as a junior and senior, she was a three-time all-county choice as well. She also played basketball and ran cross country (earning all-county honors in both sports) and played tennis as a junior. Schmidt was a member of the National Honor Society in the classroom.
Attacker Lindsay Scott (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) was a two-time All-America in lacrosse at Yorktown HS, serving as team captain her last two seasons. She finished her lacrosse career with 225 goals and 58 assists, including 102 goals and 28 assists as a senior. An honor roll and high honor roll student, she also ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Defender Sarah Scott (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) played defensive midfielder in both lacrosse and field hockey, playing alongside her twin sister on the lacrosse field. A two-year team captain, she was a three-time all-sectional honoree who helped guide Yorktown HS to three straight sectional championships, two regional titles and two appearances in the state semifinals (one title-game appearance in 2009). She was named ESPN Rise’s 16th-best defender in the nation in 2010 and earned honor roll, high honor roll and scholar-athlete accolades throughout her prep career.
Devlin (Downingtown, Pa.) played in the midfield for the South team in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, teaming with fellow future Tar Heels Rubin and Sindall. She recorded 111 assists, 47 goals and 135 ground balls at Downingtown East HS as a senior and had career totals of 202 goals, 236 assists and 438 points. She grabbed first-team All-America honors as both a junior and senior and was a three-time, first-team all-area choice and was named first-team All Ches-Mont three times. Devlin also played four years of basketball, earning second-team all-conference honors and serving as team captain. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a high honor roll student, receiving the Charles Way “All-America Award” (presented to the student who best personifies the qualities of an All-America in leadership, character, all-around athletic ability and academic achievement).
Giles (Concord, Mass.) played four years of varsity lacrosse and soccer and three years of varsity basketball at the Middlesex School inConcord, Mass., serving as team captain on all three teams. A defensive midfielder, she recorded 27 goals, 24 assists, 35 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers and 23 draw controls and earned first-team All-ISL honors in 2011 after missing her junior season due to injury. She was an honor roll student and should be a defensive midfielder for the Tar Heels.
McGee (Baltimore, Md.) played four years of soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, starring in the midfield and attack in lacrosse. She was an Academic All-America choice who earned academic honors in all four of her prep seasons. She was a team captain in soccer and lacrosse as a senior and helped lead the hockey team to the state championship as a junior.
Rubin (Baltimore, Md.), an attacker/midfielder, started for the South team in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, teaming with fellow future Tar Heels Devlin and Sindall and tallying a ground ball. She tallied 67 goals and 30 assists in 2011for the Bryn Mawr School, leading the team to a 16-3 record. She was a two-time all-city choice in Baltimore and an IAAM All-Star, earning US Lacrosse All-America and All-Academic Team honors in 2011. She also played varsity squash and soccer, where she earned all-conference and All-Met honors. Rubin was the Towson Times Co-Female Athlete of the Year for 2011and won the Anne Pugh Award forathletic excellence, sportsmanship and leadership at Bryn Mawr in 2011.
Sindall (Silver Spring, Md.) is a member of the Under-19 U.S. National Team that won the FIL world championship in Germany this summer and was one of just five Americans named to the All-World Team afterward. Sindall started on defense for the South team in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, teaming with fellow future Tar Heels Devlin and Rubin and recording four ground balls and two caused turnovers. She had 12 goals, 16 assists and 65 ground balls for coach Michael Haight at Our Lady of Good Counsel in 2011 and is the school record-holder for ground balls and caused turnovers. Sindall was the WCAC Player of the Year and a two-time, first-team All-Met selection, guiding her team to three WCAC titles. She also played soccer, field hockey and tennis in high school. She finished her lacrosse career with 68 goals, 55 assists, 199 ground balls, 140 caused turnovers and 139 draw controls. She was a member of the National Honor Society in the classroom.
Waite (Bernardsville, N.J.), a defensive wing for four years at Bernards HS, was a winner of 12 varsity letters in lacrosse, soccer (midfield/forward) and track (sprinter). In lacrosse, she started 76 out of 79 career games, totaling 97 goals, 61 assists and 257 ground balls. She set the school career record for goals in soccer with 73 and earned all-conference, all-county and all-area honors in both soccer and track. She was a member of the National Honor Society, a two-time Academic All-America in lacrosse and served as a peer leader.