March 12, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fourth-year head coach of the Wildcats, head coach Tracey Fuchs announced the addition of 10 players to the 2012 squad. The recruits hail from as far away as Ireland and as close as Glyn Ellyn, Ill. In total, five different states are represented.
This group of new Wildcats includes twin sisters Ashley and Lauren Bernardi (Pittson, Pa.), Francesca Berry, Kelsey Gradwohl (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Charlotte Martin (St. Louis, Mo.), Lisa McCarthy (Dublin, Ireland), Lenna Phillips (Bethlehem, Pa.), Kelly Stump (Allentown, Pa.), Caroline Troncelliti (Jefforsonville, Pa.), and Kirsten Ward (Glyn Ellyn, Ill.). Please see below for their complete biographical information.
Hometown: Pittston, Pa./ Holy Redeemer High School
High School: Captain and four-year varsity letter winner at Holy Redeemer, scoring 43 goals with 20 assists ... 2008 Pennsylvania AA State Champion ... 2008, 2010, 2011 Wyoming Valley Conference Champion ... Three time First-Team All-State Selection ... 2009 Offensive Player of the Year ... 2009-2012 USFHA Futures Program Elite Participant ... Two year member of the track team ... Played seven years of club for Jersey Intensity and Valley Styx ... 2011 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.
Personal: Born Ashley Bernardi ... Daughter of Mark and Ann Bernardi ... Twin sister Lauren will also be a Wildcat ... Played with current NU goalie Maddie Carpenter ... Major is undecided.
Hometown: Pittston, Pa./ Holy Redeemer High School
High School: Captain and four-year varsity letter winner at Holy Redeemer, scoring 36 goals with 21 assists ... 2008 Pennsylvania AA State Champion ... 2008, 2010, 2011 Wyoming Valley Conference Champion ... Three time First-Team All-State Selection ... 2009, 2011 Most Valuable Player ... U17 USA National Team Member ... 2009 Pan American Games participant ... 2009-2012 USFHA Futures Program Elite Participant ... Three year member of the track team ... Played seven years of club for Jersey Intensity and Valley Styx ... 2011 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.
Born Lauren Bernardi ... Daughter of Mark and Ann Bernardi ... Twin sister Ashley will also be a Wildcat ... Played with current NU goalie Maddie Carpenter ... Major is undecided.
Hometown: Broadstairs, United Kingdom
High School: Two-time MVP and captain of field hockey team ... Competed in regionals five years in a row ... County champions four consecutive years ... Five-year member of the Canterbury U18 club team ... 2010 winner of U18 International Hague Invitational Tournament ... Also competed in netball and swimming at The Kings School ... School Prefect and Head of House.
Personal: Born Francesca Louise Elizabeth Berry ... Daughter of Joanne and Glen Berry ... Anticipated major is Spanish.
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich./ Huron High School
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner and captain in field hockey and lacrosse ... Two-time state champion and two-time state runner up ... Scored 55 goals with 54 assists ... Three time All-State selection ... 2010 team MVP ... Most Valuable Midfielder 2010, 2011 ... Two year member of Pinnacle Field Hockey Club ... National Honors Society member.
Personal: Born Kelsey Mann Gradwohl ... Daughter of Lisa Mann and Steven Gradwohl ... Played against current Wildcat Kelsey Thompson ... intended major is biology.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo./ John Burroughs
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner in field hockey and lacrosse ... Team captain for field hockey ... 2010 State Champion ... Led all freshman in 2008 with total points (41) ... Led league in total points as a sophomore with 61 ... Led area junior year with 97 total points ... Tallied 43 points as a senior ... Finished career with 92 goals and 58 assists ... Four-time All-League selection, 2010 St. Louis Dispatch Player of the Year ... 2010 and 2011 NFHCA Midwest Region team member ... 2011 MWAA Co-Player of the Year ... Futures Elite participant 2010-2012 ... 2009 Junior Olympics gold medalist ... Four-time all-conference and all-state selection in lacrosse ... 2010 honorable mention All-American ... 2011 First team All-American ... 2009 and 2011 State Champion.
Personal: Charlotte Anne Martin ... Daughter of Stan and Jenny Martin ... Brothers Jimmy played hockey at Yale and Wade plays soccer at Colgate ... Major is undecided.
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland/ Mount Anville
High School: Member of Ireland U18 and U16 National Field Hockey teams ... 2010 4 Nations winner ... Ireland U17 1st World Youth Olympic Games Singapore participant ... Member of Ireland U17 Cricket squad 2009-2011... Railway Union Young Cricketer of the Year 2008-2009 ... Captain of field hockey, basketball and cricket teams ... School Prefect 2011-2012 ... Member of student council and class captain.
Personal: Born Lisa Joyce McCarthy ... Daughter of Conor McCarthy and Elaine Breslin ... Father is the Medical Director of Irish Rugby Football Union ... Plans to major in biology.
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa./ Emmaus High School
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner in field hockey ... Tallied 69 goals and 47 assists in her career ... State Champion in 2010, 2011 ... Scored a goal in the 2010 state championship game... Four-time district champion ... Second-team All-American 2011 ... First-team All-State 2011, 2010 ... Second-Team All-State 2009 ... 2008 Honorable mention All-State ... 2011 Morning Call Player of the Year ... 2011 LVC all-star and scholar athlete... U14 and U16 NIT champion ... 2011 Festival champion ... Seven-year member of Firestyx Field Hockey Club ... National Honors Society member ... Spanish Honor Society member.
Personal: Born Lena Patra Phillips ... Daughter of Ted and Gail Phillips ... Played against fellow recruits Kelly Stump and Ashley and Lauren Bernardi ... Anticipated majors are biology and Spanish.
Hometown: Allentown, Pa./Lehigh Valley High School
High School: Three-year varsity letter winner in field hockey ... Led team in scoring during junior and senior years with 37 goals ... All-state and All-Conference selection ... Academic all-state ... 2011 U17 USA National Team Member ... 2012 U19 USA National Training Squad ... National Honors Society member ... Served as class treasurer for four years ... Member of National English, Spanish and science societies.
Personal: Born Kelley Elizabeth Stump ... Daughter of Bill and Dori Stump ... Played against fellow recruit Lena Phillips ... Father played football at Ohio Wesleyan University ... Plans to major in biology.
Hometown: Jeffersonville, Pa./ Villa Maria Academy
High School: Four-year varsity letter winner in field hockey and track ... Scored 105 goals ... 2011 NFHCA All-American ... All-State and All-Conference selection ... 2011 Chester County Player of the year ... Futures Elite participant ... Played five years for WC Eagles Club ... Member of third place 4x400 relay team at 2010 state meet.
Personal: Born Caroline Joan Troncelliti ... Daughter of Rick and Susan Troncelliti ... Played against current Wildcat Nikki Parsley and fellow recruits Ashley and Lauren Bernardi, Kelley Stump and Lena Phillips ... Brother, Ricky, plays basketball at University of Chicago ... Major is undecided.
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Ill./ Glenbard West High School
High School: Three-year starter and captain in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse ... Two-time All-State selection ... All-Academic selection ... 2010 Coaches award recipient ... Played two years at Windy City Field Hockey Club ... National Honors Society Member.
Personal: Born Kirsten Leigh Ward ... Daughter of Kara and Robert Ward ... played against current Wildcats Mary Susan Bro, Kristin Wirtz and Julia Retzky ... Plans to major in Spanish.