September 7, 2006

Nine Student-Athletes Set to Join Bears' Lacrosse Program

Sept. 7, 2006

PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University women's lacrosse coach Keely McDonald '00 has announced the Class of 2010, consisting of nine players. The second class recruited to Brown by McDonald and her staff, Elisabeth Avallone (Manhasset, NY), Kaitlyn Giles (Concord, MA), Allie Giordano (Ridgewood, NJ), Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY), Elizabeth Manners (North Potomac, MD), Meghan Markowski (Northport, NY), Katie Mathews (Kenilworth, IL), Molly McCarthy (Milton, MA), and Amanda Rosenberg (Lutherville, MD) will enter Brown this fall and look to make an impact in the spring of 2007.

"This is an incredible class," said McDonald. "All nine student-athletes are a tremendous fit for Brown and our program. They are driven to be their best and put Brown in a position to compete for an Ivy League Title and compete on the national level from there. We look forward to having them develop for the next four years into some of the country's best."

Avallone joins the Bears from Manhasset High School, where she played both lacrosse and soccer, and ran track for all four years of high school. A four-time All-County selection in track, Avallone earned Honorable Mention All-County honors for lacrosse in 2006, while helping to lead Manhasset to a Nassau County Championship. As a junior in 2005, Avallone helped to guide Manhasset to the New York Class C State Championships, earning the NY State Championship Sportsmanship Award. Avallone chose Brown because of both the lacrosse team and the overall atmosphere of the school.

Giles, who earned US Lacrosse Academic All-American honors this past season, is a product of Middlesex School, where she played in the midfield for four years. A First Team All-ISL selection as a junior, Giles led her team in scoring in 2005, earning Prep School All-Star recognition. Giles also played soccer and basketball at Middlesex. She chose Brown because of the lacrosse program, the Art History and Architecture programs and the overall feel of the school.

Giordano is also a midfielder and joins the Bears from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ. An All-League and All-Division selection as both a junior and a senior, Giordano was also named an Academic All-American in both 2005 and 2006. The team leader with 38 ground balls as a junior, Giordano was named her team Defensive MVP, while helping to lead Ridgewood to a Bergen County Championship in both 2005 and 2006. She chose Brown because of the great opportunity both academically and athletically.

Kelly, a 2006 US Lacrosse Academic All-American, is a product of Garden City High School, which won the 2006 New York State Class B Championship. A midfielder for Garden City, Kelly was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2005, along with earning All-County honors. In addition to this year's State Championship, Garden City has finished as a State Finalist (2005), and a County Finalist (2003, 2004). Kelly chose Brown because the University, the team, and the coaches were the perfect fit.

Manners joins the Bears from Quince Orchard High School in Maryland. A First Team All-Gazette and First Team All-County selection, Manners was also named First Team All-Examiner and Honorable Mention All-Met. The 2006 team MVP for Quince Orchard, Manners earned First Team All-Gazette, and First Team All-County for lacrosse as a junior as well. She helped to lead Quince Orchard to back-to-back Division Championships, and was also a part of the 2002 Maryland State Championship Team as a member of the Quince Orchard soccer team. Manners will also compete for the Brown women's soccer program.

Markowski joins the Bears after a successful high school career at Northport High School, where she finished her career with 127 goals, including 63 in 2006. Markowski also had 45 assists over the past two seasons, earning All-American, All-County, and All-Long Island honors in 2006. She was also an All-County selection in 2005, earning the team's Best Offensive Award. An Academic All-American in 2005 and 2006, Markowski also played club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets. She chose Brown because of the academic excellence. She also believed that McDonald's work ethic and coaching philosophy will be a great match to her own.

Matthews joins the Bears from Loyola Academy in Illinois. A midfielder, Matthews helped to lead Loyola Academy to back-to-back Illinois State Championships, earning First Team All-State honors in 2005 and 2006. An All-American as a senior, Matthews was also named an Academic All-American in 2006. She chose Brown because of its welcoming atmosphere and numerous and diverse opportunities that it offers.

McCarthy, who completed her four-year career at Thayer Academy, is a four-time All-ISL selection, earning First Team honors in 2004, 2005, and 2006. A 2006 All-American, McCarthy was the Thayer team MVP as a junior and a senior, earning Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honors and First Team All-Galaxy recognition as well. She chose Brown after visiting the school and taking the campus tour, she knew that Brown was the place for her both athletically and academically.

Rosenberg will enter Brown after playing at Bryn Mawr, where she was a successful goalie. A 2005 Academic All-American Greater Baltimore, Rosenberg earned First Team Baltimore All-City Lacrosse as a junior. Last season, Rosenberg was named First Team Baltimore Messenger. An accomplished field hockey goalie as well, Rosenberg chose Brown because it has one of the most diverse groups of students that make for an environment where learning happens in and out of the classrooms.