Feb. 22, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Head coach, Michele Uhlfelder, announced the signing of ten talented high school seniors who have committed to join the Cardinal women's lacrosse program for the 2007 season. Entering their senior seasons, more than half of the athletes have already received All-American recognition. Additionally, the group boasts an impressive list of team, league, state and national honors. The incoming class is as follows:
Sarah Blahnik (MF, Wayland, MA)
Blahnik is an All-American standout from Montrose High School in Natick, MA. In addition to her All-American honors, she was recently named to the All Galaxy First Team. She has also been named a Boston Independent All-Star, a New England Prep All-Star and an Independent Girls Conference All-Star. She is a three-sport athlete, entering her fourth season as a varsity soccer, basketball and lacrosse player. As a senior, she co-captains all three teams and has already received three career MVP awards. Blahnik is a member of the Mass Elite Lacrosse Club and has competed at the national level with the Lower New England Team 1. Off the fiel\d, she is also a member of the National Honor Society and was recognized for high achievement in Math and English at Montrose. Blahnik is also an active member of student government, serving as student body vice president as a junior and president as a senior. She is described as being an impressive ball-handler with good field sense and toughness.
Julie Christy (MF, Malvern, PA)
Christy is a versatile player from Conestoga High School in Berwyn, PA who can play high-pressure defense, run the midfield and contribute on the attacking end. She has received All-American Honorable Mention as well as Academic All-American honors. Additionally, she has been named to All-Area and All-League First Teams. Christy led her team to three consecutive state championships and was voted the MVP of each of those squads. She is also an All-League and All-Area field hockey player and team MVP. She is described as intense and resilient and known for her ability to finish shots, netting goals on 60 percent of the shots she takes.
Charity Fluharty (MF, Grove City, OH)
Fluharty is a four-year letterwinner at the Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, OH. She is a two-time First Team All-District honoree, a 2005 First Team All-Regional honoree and an Academic All-American. In 2005, she notched 37 goals and 14 assists for CSG. She has competed at the national level with the Great Lakes Regional Team 1. Fluharty has also received four varsity letters in both soccer and basketball. In soccer, she led the team in scoring for four consecutive years and was named to the All-District First Team and the All-State Second Team. In basketball, she received both Most Improved and MVP honors as well as Central District Honorable Mention. Fluharty is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society and recently received CSG First Honors. She is described as a `go-to' player, built for speed.
Eleanor Foote (MF, West Newton, MA)
Foote is a four-year letterwinner, four-year starter, current lacrosse captain and leading scorer at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. As a junior, she received Independent School League (ISL) honors and the Coaches' Award. The midfielder also was named an Academic All-American for her efforts in 2005. She is a current member of the Granite State Elite and led her team to undefeated finishes at both the UMass Amherst Tournament and the CT Sportsplex Tournament. At the national level, she competed for the Upper New England Team 1 in 2004 and 2005. Foote also is a two-year letterwinner and co-captain of the St. Paul's squash team and an All-League honoree in field hockey. She also is a notable endurance runner, as her 5:40 mile time set a school mark. She has been a student council representative, a photographer for the yearbook and a senior staff writer for the school newspaper. She is praised for her endurance, fitness and multi-sport talent.
Claire Hubbard (A, Lutherville, MD)
Hubbard is one of the top high school seniors coming out of the competitive Baltimore area. She was named to the Baltimore County First Team and was named a Baltimore Sun Player to Watch. She is a three-sport athlete, earning letters in softball, basketball and lacrosse during her Towson High School career. She is a two-time basketball MVP and has the ability to handle pressure, be tough and make good decisions. She has a great ability to score on penalty shots and has earned attention for her scrappy, patient and crafty play. She is described as a finisher who can score goals with technique and power.
Dana Lindsay (MF/A, Cleveland Heights, OH)
Lindsay is an All-American from Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, OH. She was MVP of her high school team, a two-time All-Region honoree, a two-time member of the Great Lakes Team 1, an All-Galaxy Second Team honoree and a First Team All-State honoree. Lindsay led her team to two Ohio State Final Four appearances and has set school records for goals (82) and points (95) in a season. She also earned a top ranking in the state in goals per game (4.27) and a No. 2 state ranking in points per game (5.6). Lindsay was also a high school standout in field hockey. She is described as a creative offensive weapon who can take on both tactical and leadership roles.
Leigh Lucas (MF, Bethesda, MD)
Lucas will join the Cardinal after completing an impressive high school career at the National Cathedral School in Washington D.C. Prior to starting at NCS, Lucas lived overseas and attended the International School in Manila (Philippines). During her time abroad, she competed in track and field, soccer and girls' touch rugby, garnering MVP honors in soccer and rugby and earning the Girls Top Athlete Award. She is one of the fastest newcomers to join the Cardinal squad, having earned Gold Medals in the 400 hurdles and 100M events at the Southeast Asia Track and Field Tournament in 2003. Upon returning to the United States, Lucas made an immediate impact on her high school lacrosse team. As a junior, she received All-League honors and was the leading scorer and Most Improved Player. She has competed at the national level with the Mid-Atlantic Team 2 and played for the Future Elite Lacrosse Club. She is talented in pressure situations that require speed.
Lauren Schmidt (MF, Brightwaters, NY)
Schmidt is a capable midfielder from Bay Shore High School in Bay Shore, NY. She enters her fourth season as a letterwinner and starter for her high school team and has recently received All-American Honorable Mention. As a sophomore, she led her team to a league championship and was voted to the league All-Tournament Team for her efforts. She is also a member of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets Lacrosse Club. In 2003 and 2004, she was named a New York State Scholar Athlete. Schmidt is also a two-time All-American runner with a 5:05 mile time. During her career, she has led her team to the New York state championships, a No. 6 national ranking and a No. 2 ranking in the Northeast. She has garnered All-League, All-County, All-Region and All-State honors as well. Recently, she ran the fastest time in the country in the two-mile event (10:47). Schmidt is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Service Honor Society and the Honor Roll. She is known for her endurance, competitiveness, dependability and speed.
Amanda Schwab (MF/A, Bryn Mawr, PA)
Schwab is a three-time All-League honoree from one of the most competitive lacrosse areas in the nation. She enters her fourth varsity season at Harriton High School, where she has made an impact since she was a freshman. She led her team to a Delaware Valley League Championship as a junior, scoring 42 goals, adding 21 assists, collecting 50 ground balls and winning 61 draw controls. She also picked up First Team All-Main-Line honors in 2005. She is known for her `sure-stick' and ability to handle pressure.
Amy Stillwell (A, Worthington, OH)
Stillwell is a three-time leading scorer and team captain from Worthington, OH who recently received All-American Honorable Mention. In just three years at Thomas Worthington High School, the lefty has had scored 188 goals and notched 73 assists. She currently holds the career scoring record (188) and the single-season scoring record (83) at her school. She compiled 71 points in her freshman season and scored 40 percent of the team's goals as a junior. Stillwell leads the state of Ohio in points per game and is currently second in goals per game. She has received MVP honors and competed on the Great Lakes Team 1. She has also been named to the All-District First Team for the past three seasons. In addition, Stillwell is an accomplished field hockey player, earning All-League and All-State honors while leading her team in scoring. Her 2005 field hockey squad advanced to the state semi-finals. She is a student council representative, member of National Honor Society and a member of the Student Athletic Leadership Board. She is described as a pure attacker with an offensive instinct.