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    Eleven Freshmen Aim to Make an Impact for NU in 2011-12

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kelly Amonte Hiller is working with an 11-member freshman class for the second straight year in 2011-12.
    Kelly Amonte Hiller is working with an 11-member freshman class for the second straight year in 2011-12.

    Sept. 30, 2011

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- As Northwestern progresses through its fall ball training season, head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and returning members from the 2011 national championship-winning squad are in the process of welcoming 11 additions to the Wildcats lacrosse program.

    "Our coaching staff and really the whole team is very excited about the group of freshmen joining our lacrosse family this year," Amonte Hiller said. "We're only a couple weeks into fall ball but they've made great advances already and are picking up on how we do things very quickly. All of them are going to find ways to help us be successful on and off the field this year."

    The freshman class that arrived on campus at NU in mid-September hails from a diverse group of eight states, compared to last year when 11 freshmen came from only four states. The addition of Haydyn Anigian (Highland Park) and Jess Carroll (Houston) gives NU three players from the fast-growing lacrosse state of Texas, while sisters Brooke Jones and Paige Jones (Edina) extend Northwestern's reach to the upper Midwest and Minnesota.

    Amonte Hiller also stayed in the Midwest to sign Caley Chelios (Detroit, Mich.), daughter of NHL and USA hockey star Chris Chelios and the first Michigan native on the NU roster since Rebecca Zazove in 2005.

    The Wildcats also tapped the usual East coast recruiting hotbeds, bringing aboard two New York natives -- Casey Bocklet (South Salem) and Mikki Bozza, a product of the same high school (Brighton) that produced NU greats Hilary Bowen and Danielle Spencer.



    2011 Under Armour All-American goalkeeper and three-time state champion Bridget Bianco joins Northwestern from Moorestown, N.J., while Blake McHugh (Newtown Square, Pa.) and Brooks Lawler (McDonogh School (Md.)) come to NU from two top programs in the Mid-Atlantic region. Amanda McLaughlin (Wilbraham, Mass.), the first lacrosse All-American in Minnechaug Regional's history, is the lone Massachusetts native in the 2011-12 freshman class.

    A complete look at the 2011 Wildcat freshman class can be found below:

    2011 Northwestern Freshman Bios

    Haydyn Anigian
    Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, serving as team captain ... Three-time Texas state all-star honoree (2008, 2010-11) and Highland Park team MVP ... Dallas Morning News all-area selection in 2011 ... Named a "player to watch" for the south region in Lacrosse Magazine's 2011 high school preview edition ... Named MVP of Texas Best Lacrosse Tournament in 2010 ... Led team to four straight semifinal appearances in Division I North Texas ... Played in three Division I all-star games ... Scored 111 career goals and 195 career points ... Career-best 49 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers as a senior ... Helped club teams to 2010 U-19 WDNT division title (Team Texas) and 2010 IWLCA Champion's Cup U-19 championship (Texas Rangers) ... National Honor Society member and a Cornerstone Scholar-Athlete.

    Personal: Born Haydyn Anigian ... Daughter of Rick and Terri Anigian ... Father played tennis at SMU and mother played tennis at Texas Tech ... Attended same high school as football legend Doak Walker, NFL No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford, MLB pitcher Clayton Kershaw and actress Angie Harmon ... Chose Northwestern over Penn, Princeton, Harvard and Denver ... Plans to major in journalism.

    Bridget Bianco
    Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in the cage for Moorestown ... 2011 Under Armour All-American ... Two-time South Jersey Goalie of the Year, two-time Burlington County Times Player of the Year and two-time Philadelphia Inquirer Player of the Year ... First-team all-state, all-South Jersey and all-county in her career ... Compiled 449 career saves, 61.2 career save percentage and 4.8 lifetime goals against average ... Helped Moorestown to three Group III state championship and two Tournament of Champions titles ... Team captain ... Played in South Jersey Senior All-Star game as well as Under Armour All-American game ... Played for six years as a member of South Jersey Select club team, helping them to Lax by the Sea championship in 2008.

    Personal: Born Bridget Theresa Bianco ... Daughter of Danny and Tracey Bianco ... Chose Northwestern over Boston College and Notre Dame ... Plans to major in education.

    Casey Bocklet
    South Salem, N.Y./John Jay

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and a two-year captain for John Jay ... Two-time Under Armour All-American and four-time all-section honoree ... Featured as the No. 4 recruit on attack and the No. 13 overall recruit in the country by ESPN Rise ... Two-time team MVP ... Named an MSG Varsity Player to Watch entering her senior season ... Member of National Schoolgirls team and selected to all-star showcase ... Finished with 438 career points, including 281 goals ... Career high 151 points as a senior ... Also won two letters in field hockey, earning all-section honors and being named the team's offensive MVP as a junior (missed senior season due to injury) ... Played for two years on Metro Lacrosse Club ... Four-time Academic All-American for lacrosse.

    Personal: Born Casey Sonyer Bocklet ... Daughter of Barry and Terry Bocklet ... Three older brothers played Division I lacrosse: Mike (Fairfield '07), Matt, a national champion while playing for Johns Hopkins and a current member of the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, and Chris, who is in his senior year at Virginia and won a national title with the Cavs in 2011 ... Enrolled in NU's School of Education and Social Policy.

    Mikki Bozza
    Brighton, N.Y./Brighton

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and a team captain ... 2011 Class B Section V Player of the Year and a high school All-American ... Team won two sectional titles, two regional titles and made one trip to state championship during her career ... Named to state all-tournament team ... All-Greater Rochester team in 2011 and honorable mention in 2010 ... Finished with three goals, two assists, four draw controls and five ground balls in sectional finals vs. Irondequoit ... Competed in Herb Fitch Senior All-Star game ... Also lettered three years in soccer -- where she was team MVP as a junior -- and twice in basketball ... Three-year member of Relentless Hustle club team ... Two-time Academic All-American and winner of school's Senior Women's Scholar Athlete Award.

    Personal: Born Mikaela Mary Bozza ... Daughter of Michael and Diane Bozza ... Sister, Liz, played lacrosse at Albany, and other sister, Katie, played lacrosse and field hockey at Virginia Wesleyan ... Older sisters were teammates of former Northwestern stars Danielle Spencer and Hilary Bowen at Brighton High School ... Played alongside current Wildcat Beatrice Conley in high school ... Chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, UMass and James Madison ... Plans to major in English.

    Jess Carroll
    Houston, Texas/St. John's School

    High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner in basketball and lacrosse, serving as a captain in both sports ... Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a two-time all-state honoree in Texas ... Southwest Prep Conference all-tournament team selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Team won two state championships (2010, 2011) and three conference titles during her career ... Led St. John's in scoring as a senior ... Five-year member of Team Texas club team.

    Personal: Born Jessica Antoinette Carroll ... Daughter of Jonathan and Gina Carroll ... Cousin is "Sugar" Shane Mosley, a world champion boxer in three weight divisions ... Uncle, Del Davis, tied the American record in high jump (7-7 ¼ ) while at UCLA in 1982 ... Brother, Jonathan, played football at Princeton and sister, Jillian, played soccer at Columbia ... Majoring in anthropology.

    Caley Chelios
    Detroit, Mich./Cranbrook

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, ice hockey and volleyball, serving as captain in all three sports ... Member of 2009 MSLA Midwest Championship-winning squad ... 2010 team MVP in lacrosse ... 2009 lacrosse team reached state semifinals with a 22-0 record ... Two-time first-team all-state selection in hockey, including 2010 when she led Cranbrook to the state championship ... Led her hockey team in goals and points in 2009 and 2010 ... Winner of the Hobey Baker High School Character Award ... Three-time team MVP in volleyball and hockey.

    Personal: Born Caley Lynn Chelios ... Daughter of Chris and Tracee Chelios ... Her father, Chris, is one of the most accomplished American-born NHL players in the sport's history, winning three Stanley Cups and playing on four U.S. Olympic teams ... Chris Chelios, an Illinois native who captained the Chicago Blackhawks, is currently the executive advisor to the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings ... Caley attended same high school as former U.S. soccer star Alexi Lalas ... Chose Northwestern over Michigan State ... Majoring in communications.

    Brooke Jones
    Edina, Minn./Edina

    High School: Four-year letterwinner in the cage for Edina ... Two-time all-state selection and three-time all-conference honoree ... Named 2011 Minnesota Miss Lacrosse Goalie ... Member of Team Minnesota for Women's Division National Tournament in 2009 and 2010 ... 2011 Academic All-American ... Made 525 saves over junior and senior seasons, maintaining a 66.3 save percentage in 2010 and a 63.8 save percentage in 2011 ... Made 23 saves on 33 shots on goal (69.9 save percentage) against Minnetonka in 2011 when both teams were ranked in the top three in the state ... Team was a three-time section finalist, losing to eventual state champion twice ... Member of Minnesota Lakes and Minnesota Select club teams from 2008-10 ... AP Scholar with Distinction in 2010 ... Recipient of Presidential Award for Academic Excellence.

    Personal: Born Brooke Macklin Jones ... Daughter of Jason and Linda Jones ... Twin sister, Paige, also is a freshman in 2011-12 for the Wildcats ... Older sister, Candice, attends St. Olaf College ... Plans to major in pre-med studies.

    Paige Jones
    Edina, Minn./Edina

    High School: Three-year letter winner in lacrosse ... Two-time first-team all-state and all-conference selection ... Minnesota Miss Lacrosse finalist as a senior ... 2010 Under Armour All-America Underclass Midwest ... Represented Minnesota in 2010 Women's Division National Tournament ... Scored 70 goals with 30 assists as a senior, following a junior year in which she tallied 74 goals and 14 assists ... 89 draw control wins in 2011 ... Scored six goals with one assist in 2011 sectional finals, finishing with 31 goals and 12 assists over final five games of her career ... Three-time sectional finalist, twice losing to eventual state champions ... Competed for Minnesota Lakers club team in 2009 and 2010 ... AP Scholar with Honor.

    Personal: Born Paige Eleanor Jones ... Daughter of Jason and Linda Jones ... Twin sister, Brooke, also is a freshman in 2011-12 for the Wildcats ... Older sister, Candice, attends St. Olaf College ... Plans to major in communications at NU.

    Brooks Lawler
    Big Lake, Alaska/McDonogh School (Md.)

    High School: Four-year letterwinner and a team captain at McDonogh ... U.S. Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American ... Two-time All-Metro team and a 2010 All-Tewaaraton Team selection ... Only four-year varsity letterwinner for McDonogh ... Scored seven points in a win over St. Anthony's to lift McDonogh to an undisputed No. 1 national ranking (2011) ... Team also was ranked No. 1 nationally in 2010 Played for Baltimore Metro Team I in U.S. Lacrosse Underclass tournament (2009, 2010) ... Member of three consecutive IAAM championship teams ... Played for six years on M&D Lacrosse Club, winning a Galaxy National Championship in 2010 and several other tournaments ... Named a National Merit Scholar, earning Dean's list honors in every semester of her high school career.

    Personal: Born Brooks Ann Lawler ... Daughter of Norman and Anne Lawler ... Comes from a long line of lacrosse players: father (Roanoke), mother (All-American and Hall of Fame inductee at Roanoke), aunt (All-American at Mt. Holyoke), cousin (UMBC) and grandfather (All-American at Princeton) ... Chose Northwestern over Maryland, Florida, Navy, Notre Dame and Duke ... Played ice hockey at the National Bound level for five years ... Plans to major in anthropology.

    Blake McHugh
    Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal Academy

    High School: Four-year letterwinner at the Episcopal Academy, scoring more than 230 goals in her career, second-most all-time at her high school ... Three-time All-Inter-AC conference selection and 2010 honorable mention All-American ... First-team All-Philly Lacrosse as a senior ... Helped Episcopal to National School Girl championship in 2010 ... Team also won a Pennsylvania Independent Schools championship and four straight Inter-AC conference titles ... Member of Phantastix club team since sixth grade ... Also a four-year letterwinner in field hockey, helping the squad to two conference championships ... Earned honor roll distinction all four years of school.

    Personal: Born Blake A. McHugh ... Daughter of Steve and Suzanne McHugh ... Mother was a high school All-American and played collegiately at Penn State ... Interested in studying law, business or engineering.

    Amanda McLaughlin
    Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional

    High School: Four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse and basketball ... Scored 297 points in her career with 100 goals ... First-team All-Western Massachusetts in 2011 when she became the first All-American in her school's history ... Selected to Western Massachusetts all-star game as a senior ... Led Western Massachusetts in assists in 2011 (67) ... Third in Western Massachusetts for total points as a junior (110) ... Four-time All-Valley Wheel Conference selection ... Posted 10 points on two goals and eight assists in a 2010 playoff qualifier game ... Represented Lower New England at Women's Division National Tournament and played in Super Juniors tournament at Yale during the 2009-10 year ... Team reached four consecutive Western Massachusetts finals ... Also the starting point guard in basketball for three years, helping Minnechaug to two appearances in Western Massachusetts semifinals ... Named to "Super Seven" team by Republican newspaper ... Three-year member of NED/Lax Plus Lacrosse club ... Member of National Society of High School Scholars as a sophomore ... Invited to try out for U.S. Women's Lacrosse U-19 team in 2011.

    Personal: Born Amanda Christine McLaughlin ... Daughter of Brian McLaughlin and Bethany McLaughlin-Maynard ... Father and uncle each played ice hockey at Vermont ... Also has uncles who played lacrosse at UMass and football at Trinity College ... Grandfather played football and ice hockey at Harvard ... Chose Northwestern over Maryland, Brown, UNC, Duke and UMass ... Majoring in communications.


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