VILLANOVA, Pa.- Villanova Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Jill Batcheller and her staff have welcomed 13 newcomers to the team for the 2022-23 Academic Year. These 13 new arrivals feature two goalkeepers, eight midfielders, one attack, and two defenders.
“Our coaching staff is extremely excited to welcome 13 exceptional student-athletes that will greatly impact the Villanova women’s lacrosse family and university community” said Batcheller. “In the first month of practice, this class has brought a high level of skill, competitiveness, and passion to each position on the field. We are looking forward to the impact they will continue to make this season!”
Olivia Conquest | Goalkeeper
Haddonfield, NJ | Fairfield University
Fairfield University: Earned MAAC All-Rookie Team in 2019… MAAC All-Academic Team in 2020… Named MAAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2021.
Amber Derosa | Midfield
Victor, NY | Victor Senior High School
Victor Senior High School: Has two varsity letters for soccer…four varsity letters for lacrosse… Awarded National Honor’s Society for 2020-2022… In Business Honors Society for the 2021-2022 school year… In High Honor Roll all 4 years. In 2022, she was named Victor Female Sportsman of the Year… All-Monroe County… Played in the Rochester Senior All-Star Game…New York State Champions- Class “B”…Victor team finished #1 in New York State…finished #2 in the US-USA Lacrosse Magazine.
Isabella Henson-Vendrell | Midfield
Haymarket, VA | Saint Paul VI Catholic High School
Saint Paul VI Catholic High School: Earned four varsity letters for indoor track and field… Played lacrosse as a midfielder and earned four varsity Letters…Played field hockey as a midfielder… A Hispanic Heritage Foundation Bronze Youth Awardee (2022)… On the Academic Honor Roll in (2018-2022)… A part of National Honor Society (2020-2022)…A part of Spanish Honor Society (2019-2022)… A University of Vermont Citizen Scholar Award (2021)…A Lacrosse Honorable Mention at Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (2022)… 2nd place runner up in 2022 at the VISAA Lacrosse Championship… Placed 5th in the 300m at the VISAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (2022)… Placed 3rd in the 4 x 200m at the VISAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (2022)… Placed 3rd in the 4 x 400m at the VISAA Indoor Track and Field Championships (2020)… A WSAC Lacrosse Honorable Mention (2019).
Gabriella Henson-Vendrell | Midfield
Haymarket, VA | Saint Paul VI Catholic High School
Saint Paul VI Catholic High School: Played lacrosse and indoor track and field all four years. Currently in the Honor’s Program at VU…Ranked 4th in her class…AP Scholar with Distinction in 2021 and 2022… Received the Hispanic Heritage Foundation Gold Recipient in Sports and Fitness Academic Scholarship… Received the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony award from the University of Rochester… Scholar Athlete and Principal Honor Roll all four years… In 2022, she was on the Puerto Rico Women’s National Team… In 2019 she was on the U19 Puerto Rico Women’s National Team and was 2nd on the team in caused turnovers… A two-year varsity captain of lacrosse and indoor track…and was Nation’s United Ambassador. In 2020 she was named US Lacrosse Impact Athlete…Went to the VISAA Indoor Track Championships in 2019, 2020, and 2022.
Ashlyn Hickey | Midfield
Sterling, VA | Dominion High School
Dominion High School: Played four years of varsity lacrosse as a midfielder…Played volleyball and cross country/winter track. She was a part of National Honor Society (2021-2022)… Named 2nd Team All Region (2019)… All-County Team (2021)… District Player of the Year (2022)…VA 1st team All-State (2022)… VA State Player of the Year (2022)… USA Lacrosse All-American (2022)… 2nd Team All-Met 2022… Had 61 Career Turn Overs (school record), 28 career goals, 84 career assists, and 300 career draw control wins… 3x state champions at Dominion High School.
Quinn McKiernan | Attack
New Canaan, CT | New Canaan High School
New Canaan High School: A part of varsity cross country, varsity basketball, and varsity lacrosse… She has eight varsity letters. Awarded with the Walt Detour Award, and was 3rd team All-County senior year for basketball… Earned 2nd team All-County and 1st team All-State for Lacrosse… scored 24 goals and had 41 assists her senior year, and was team leader in assists and points.
Bella Piselli | Midfield
Swarthmore, PA | Episcopal Academy
Episcopal Academy: Four varsity letters for soccer and lacrosse… five varsity letters for basketball… Captain of soccer, basketball, and Lacrosse… 2nd team All Inter-Ac for soccer… 2nd team All-Delco for soccer… 1st team All Inter-Ac for lacrosse… 1st team All-Delco for Lacrosse…USA Lacrosse All-American…Awarded with Excellence in Athletics and Leadership Award and the Sportsmanship Cup MVP Award for basketball.
Gia Rapone | Defense
Ridley, PA | Ridley High School
Ridley High School: A three year varsity starter for field hockey…A four year varsity starter for lacrosse…. A three year All-Central League… an All-Delco Honorable Mention… earned MVP her sophomore year for field hockey.
Kennedy Schottland | Goalkeeper
Victor, NY | Victor Central High School
Victor Central High School: On honor roll from 2019-2022… Lacrosse MVP in 2021 and 2022… Named All-Greater Rochester in 2022… Played lacrosse as a goalie and has four varsity letters… Also played Golf and earned two varsity letters.
Georgia Sobocinski | Midfield
Pittsboro, NC | Cardinal Gibbons High School
Cardinal Gibbons High School: Played lacrosse on the varsity team as a midfielder for four years… Played golf on the varsity team for one year… Involved with the Olympic Development Program Soccer, Region III, as a center forward… Named USA Lacrosse All-Academic in 2022… In National Honor’s Society and was part of the Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy… Named USA Lacrosse All-American in 2022… North Carolina State Champion 2022… Captain at Cardinal Gibbons High School in 2022… Awarded with NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award in 2022… Awarded the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Award in 2022… American Select North Carolina 2021… Co-Captain at Cardinal Gibbons High School in 2021…WPLL Florida Region 2020… Under Armour All-American South 2019…North Carolina State Champion 2019.
Elena Torres | Midfield
Tustin, CA | Foothill High School
Foothill High School: Played lacrosse as a midfielder for four years…Honored with being Scholar Athlete Order of the Knight…US Lacrosse West Region Player of the Year… 2x Orange County Player of the Year in 2021 and 2022… 2x CIF Champion… four year varsity starter… 2x captain… 3x USAMag Player of the Week… Knight of the Year… Adrenaline All-American… 2x CIF First Team… 2x Crestview League First Team… Crestview League MVP… Warrior Award… 174 Career Goals… 60 assists… 234 points… 173 ground balls… 57 CT.. 2x OC National Team Member… Top 25 High School Girls Lacrosse Players to Watch in 2022.
Juliet Walls | Defense
Haddonfield, NJ | Haddonfield Memorial High School
Haddonfield Memorial High School: Played lacrosse and earned 4 varsity letters… Played soccer and earned three varsity letters…Also played basketball and winter track, earning one varsity letter for each.
Maddie Luer | Midfield
Newport Beach, California | Mater Dei High School
Mater Dei High School: Played varsity lacrosse and earned four varsity letters… A National Merit Scholar.. A part of National Honor’s Society and President’s Honor Roll…A 2021 USA Lacrosse All-Academic… 2022 USA Lacrosse All-American.