Lacrosse Welcomes Eleven Freshman for 2017-18

Aug. 2, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Eleven freshmen will join the George Washington lacrosse team this fall, head coach Tracy Coyne announced on Wednesday.

“It is exciting to announce the second recruiting class of my tenure at GW,” said head coach Tracy Coyne. “I fully expect this class to make an immediate impact on our ability to be successful on the field in 2018. They bring a specific skill set and competitiveness that will raise our level of play. They will also work well with the current team to bring us closer to achieving our goal of winning an A-10 Championship. The players have all the attributes we are looking for: speed, quickness, stick skills, but most of all, they love GW. They are bright, articulate young women who will represent the University and the athletic department very well.”

Coyne’s second recruiting class includes Sarah Adams (Fairfield, Conn.), Michaela Bartley (Kings Park, N.Y.), Abby Carlin (Lagrangeville, N.Y.), Brooke Caruso (Marlton, N.J.), Ioanna Mantzouratos (Germantown, Md.), Jenna Oler (Columbia, Md.), Arielle Pastore (East Northport, N.Y.), Cassie Scandalios (Port Washington, N.Y.), Allie Scannapieco (Broomall, Pa.), Alexa Solomon (Radnor, Pa.), and Cescily-Jo Wheeler (Newburyport, Mass.).



Sarah Adams
Fairfield, Conn.
Fairfield Warde High School/NewLax Lacrosse

A two-sport, four-year varsity letter earner and senior captain at Fairfield Warde High School, Adams led her team to the FCIAC quarterfinals all four years and to the State Championship for the first time in program history in 2016. As a senior, the two-time All-State and All-FCIAC Honorable Mention scored 37 goals and made 11 assists. Also a decorated member of the field hockey team, Adams garnered All-FCIAC First Team nods and Connecticut Senior All-Star game MVP nods. The midfielder competed at the EPOCH Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy in 2017 and also played for the NewLax Lacrosse Club.

Michaela Bartley
Kings Park, N.Y.
Kings Park High School/Suffolk County All Stars

A four-year, two-sport athlete at Kings Park High School, Bartley excelled in both lacrosse and winter track. As a senior, Bartley was named her team’s unsung hero when she finished second on the team with 24 goals and 11 assists. In addition, the three-year varsity starter earned All-League and All-County hurdle nods her sophomore, junior, and senior years in winter track and ran a personal best 5K in 22:43. Also an experienced Irish step dancer, Bartley competed in regional, national, and world competitions. The Kings Park, N.Y. native also played for the Suffolk County All Stars.

Abby Carlin
Lagrangeville, N.Y.
Arlington High School/ Metro Magic/ Duchess Monarchs

Named the Poughkeepsie Journal Player of the Year and Arlington High School Most Outstanding Female Athlete, Carlin tallied 49 goals, 21 assists, 114 draw controls, 47 caused turnovers, and 60 ground balls in her senior season. She was also recognized as her team MVP for 2016 and 2017 and earned All-League and All-Section Girls Lacrosse Team honors all four years. The midfielder also helped lead her Admirals squad to back-to-back league championships in 2014 and 2015. A three-sport athlete, Carlin also excelled at indoor track and soccer and played for the Metro Magic and Duchess Monarchs club lacrosse teams.

Brooke Caruso
Marlton, N.J.
Holy Cross Academy/South Jersey Devils

A four-year varsity starter at Holy Cross Academy, Caruso hit the 100-point milestone for the third consecutive season as a senior when she tallied 52 goals and 60 assists. Her offensive prowess helped the Crusaders reach the Central Jersey, Group 1 semifinals as she finished the year scoring five or more goals in eight games and was named the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL) Player of the Year in 2017. With 413 career points (280 goals and 133 assists), the team captain holds the Holy Cross record as the all-time leading goal scorer and has garnered NJ All-Group 1, All-South Jersey Second Team, and All-County nods. In addition, Caruso received the Female South Jersey Scholar Athlete award and was named to the 2017 US Lacrosse Academic All-American team.

Ioanna Mantzouratos
Germantown, Md.
Our Lady of Good Counsel/ Rebels Lacrosse Club

Mantzouratos was the recipient of the 2017 Coaches award and helped lead the number two nationally ranked Good Counsel Falcons to the 2015 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Championship title. As a junior and senior, she earned WCAC All-Academic recognition and was named a St. Mary’s Scholar after garnering a 4.20 GPA. The Germantown, Maryland native, also received the Leadership Award as a junior and made Second Team in the Women’s Divisional National Tournament as a junior playing for the Rebels Lacrosse Club. In addition, Mantzouratos enjoyed giving back to the community as a member of Best Buddies, a volunteer at SOME (So Others Might Eat), and a participant in her high school’s El Salvador mission trip to build houses for those in the community.

Jenna Oler
Columbia, Md.
Wilde Lake High School/Hero’s Lacrosse

With a career 762 saves in the cage, Oler led Howard County in saves her junior and senior seasons. As a senior, she made 229 saves between the pipes, was named Team MVP, and was recognized on the All-County Second Team. The four-time honor roll athlete also received the Wildecat Award as a junior, Team MVP as a sophomore and was recognized as a Baltimore Suns Player of The Week. The Columbia, Maryland, native was selected for Howard County Girls Lacrosse Fans’ Choice Player of the Year and also played for the Hero’s Lacrosse club team.

Arielle Pastore
East Northport, N.Y.
Northport High School/Long Island Yellow Jackets

Pastore was a strong presence on the defensive end for the Northport High School Tigers and received the Coaches Award and Athletic Scholar Award. As a senior, she helped her team to the Suffolk County Finals the same year her team won the Athletic Scholar Award. In addition, Pastore excelled as a member of the Northport Tigers varsity cheerleading team. The East Northport, N.Y. native helped the Tigers qualify for UCA’s National High School Cheerleading Championship for the third consecutive year in 2017 and made Northport High School history by making it to the semi-finals round for the second year in a row. Pastore also played for the Long Island Yellow Jackets for four years, a team founded by her high school coach, Carol Rose.

Cassie Scandalios
Port Washington, N.Y.
Saint Anthony’s/ Team Elevate

A varsity starter, Scandalios helped lead the nationally ranked Saint Anthony’s Friars to two Catholic High School Athletic Association League Championships. A strong presence on the defensive end, she received the Saint Anthony’s Varsity Lacrosse “Work Horse” Award for her hard work on the field and in the classroom. A two-sport athlete, Scandalios also excelled in winter track, where she ran the 1,000 and 800 meters. The Port Washington, New York native also played for the Team Elevate lacrosse club.

Allie Scannapieco
Broomall, Pa.
Merion Mercy Academy/Philly Blast

Scannapieco led her Merion Mercy Academy squad to three straight AACA League Championships and the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District One Tournament in 2016. An All-Main Line selection, Scannapieco tallied 57 goals and 27 assists as a senior. The 2017 captain also received the Varsity Award, earned Merion Offensive MVP recognition, the Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (PASLA) Team Service Award, and was named to the PASLA All-Academic Team in her senior season. Also a distinguished student, the Broomall, Pennsylvania, native received the Presidents Award for Academic Excellence in 2017 and was a member of the National Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society, and Math Honor Society.

Alexa Solomon
Radnor, Pa.
Radnor High School/ Steps Elite Philadelphia

A three-sport athlete, Solomon earned the Radnor High School Alumni Award for Most Varsity Letters in 2017. As a senior, she recorded 174 saves, ranking 5th overall in All-Delco, and anchored her team between the pipes to win the PIAA Lacrosse State Championship title. Solomon was also recognized on the Lacrosse All-Delco 2017 team, selected to the US Lacrosse National Tournament team, and was a Lacrosse All Central League selection. The Radnor, Pennsylvania, native was also a decorated member of the soccer and basketball teams, helping her soccer team to the PIAA District 1 AAA Playoffs in 2016 and helping her basketball team secure a spot for the third time in four years in the PIAA AAAAA Girls Basketball State Championship Tournament for the 2016-17 season. In addition, she played for the Steps Elite Philadelphia club team for six years.

Cescily-Jo Wheeler
Newburyport, Mass.
Newburyport High School/Middlesex Bears

Wheeler was named the team MVP, Attacker of the Year, and Player of the Year at Newburyport High School after scoring 90 goals as a junior and 70 goals in her senior season. A two-time CAL All Star, the midfielder was also recognized as US Lacrosse Player of the Week and helped lead her team to CAL and North Championship titles. A three-time Academic All American, Wheeler also played for the Landshark Lacrosse, Revolution Lacrosse, and Middlesex Bears club teams.

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