FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart women's lacrosse head coach Laura Korutz and her staff is officially announcing the signing of nine freshmen that'll start competing for the Pioneers next season. This nine-member Class of 2023 helps alleviate the loss of a five-member senior class this past season and helps SHU restructure their roster to compete in a new-look Northeast Conference starting in 2020.
"We are excited to welcome this freshmen class to our Pioneer Family," Coach Korutz said. "They bring a high level of speed, knowledge, and skill to our program. We are looking to the fall!"
#32 Bella Beaton
Goalkeeper | 5-8
High School: Merrimack
Intended Major: Biochemistry
At Merrimack HS: Named an All-State goalkeeper in New Hampshire, Beaton finished up a stellar high school career wherein she earned four varsity letters in lacrosse in addition to two letters in field hockey and one in basketball … She earned Defensive MVP honors as well as the Coach's Award in her senior season.
#20 Sydney Colesworthy
Midfield | 5-3
High School: New Fairfield
Intended Major: Finance
At New Fairfield HS: A senior captain and key contributor on one of the top high school girls lacrosse teams in the state of Connecticut, Colesworthy has been a key figure in New Fairfield's success in recent seasons … She helped lead the Rebels to two state titles as well as back-to-back SWC Championships … Two-time First Team All-Conference and Rookie of the Year in 2016.
#26 Maeve Connolly
Midfield | 5-4
Pleasant Valley, NY
High School: Our Lady of Lourdes
Intended Major: Occupational Therapy
At Our Lady of Lourdes: A five-year varsity player for Our Lady of Lourdes, Connolly is a three-time All-League and two-time All-Section performer … Serving as team captain for two seasons, Connolly hit the 100-career goal milestone in her junior campaign … Earned the Coach's Award in her junior year and the Team MVP honor in her senior season … A three-time member of the Poughkeespie Journal All Star Team … Also named to the Hudson Valley Sports Report Dream Team three times … Member of the National Honor Society.
#4 Mikala Eacrett
Midfield | 5-6
High School: Proctor Academy
Intended Major: Criminal Justice
At Proctor Academy: Eacrett is a distinguished all-around student-athlete, with four varsity letters in lacrosse, basketball and soccer in her high school career … Captained the Proctor Academy lacrosse and soccer teams in her junior and senior season as well as the basketball team in her senior year … Four-time Lakes Region All-Star in lacrosse … Three-time Lakes Region All-Star in soccer … Two-time Lakes Region All-Star in basketball.
#3 Emma Kittredge
Midfield | 5-4
Baldwin Place, NY
High School: Somers
Intended Major: Undecided
At Somers HS: Distinguished all-around student-athlete with 11 combined varsity letters in lacrosse, field hockey and track … Two-time All-League (2018-19) in lacrosse … Named Team MVP in both lacrosse and track in 2019 … Captained the Somers lacrosse team in her senior year … Helped lift Somers to a league lacrosse title in 2017 and four winter track league championships (2016-19) … Picked up 2019 All-Section honors in lacrosse and was named to the 2019 Lohud Next 11 Elite Watch List … Also shined on the track, earning All-League and All-County honors all throughout high school (2016-19) while being named the 2018 Middle Distance Runner of the Year, 2017 Multi-Event Athlete of the Year and the 2016 Rookie of the Year … Her field hockey laurels include two All-League awards (2017-18) as well as 2018 All-Elite and 2018 MVP honors.
#16 Danielle Losier
Midfield | 5-5
Belle Mead, NJ
High School: Notre Dame (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Intended Major: Exercise Science
At Notre Dame HS: Losier finished up a stellar high school career wherein she helped lead Notre Dame to a pair of state sectional championships in 2017 and 2019 … Netted 61 points (48 goals, 13 assists) in her senior season … Wrapped up her four-year career with 200 points (168 goals, 32 assists) … Named the 2019 Notre Dame HS Scholar-Athlete of the Year … 2019 US Lacrosse Academic All-American … Two-time First Team All-Conference (2018-19) … 2018 Third Team All-State Group 3 in New Jersey … 2017 Second Team All-Conference … Decorated multi-sport athlete, earning the 2019 Team MVP award in cross country as well as Second Team All-County honors and served as team captain … Achieved high marks in the classroom with inclusion in the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society … Earned academic achievement awards in math, science, German and history.
#24 Danni Martineau
Goalkeeper | 5-2
High School: Pinkerton Academy
Intended Major: Exercise Science / Pre-Med
At Pinkerton Academy: A multi-sport star at Pinkerton, Martineau graduates with four varsity letters in lacrosse and ski racing … Helped lift Pinkerton to a 2016 title in lacrosse as well as two New England championships (2019 and 2016) in ski racing … 2018 Second Team All-State in lacrosse … 2018 Eagle Tribune Lacrosse All-Star … Four-time Meet of Champions (ski racing) … Captained the ski racing team in her senior year … NH State Team for Eastern High School Championships in 2017 and 2019 … Distinguished academically with National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society honors … BAE Women in Technology Graduate.
#21 Jacklyn Phillips
Midfield | 5-7
Putnam Valley, NY
High School: Putnam Valley
Intended Major: Business (Undecided)
At Putnam HS: A distinguished goal-scorer at the midfield position, Phillips racked up over 200 combined goals across her four-year career at Putnam … Named All-League and All-Section in lacrosse … Posted 50 goals across 14 games in her senior season while she went for 76 points (48 goals, 28 assists) in her junior campaign … Also played varsity volleyball and basketball.
#12 Gwyneth Tropia
Defense | 5-1
High School: Montville Township
Intended Major: Education
At Montville Township: A multi-sport athlete, Tropia played four years of varsity lacrosse while also earning four varsity letters in swimming, three in field hockey and one in soccer … Earned Second Team All-Conference honors … All-League Honorable Mention … Selected as Team MVP and earned the Unsung Hero award in lacrosse … Captained the swim team in her senior season.