Women's Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2021 Announced

Women's Lacrosse Recruiting Class of 2021 Announced

STANDISH, Maine – Head Coach Rupert Lewis has announced his 2021 women's lacrosse recruiting class.

Lewis, who begins his sixth year at the helm for the Monks next spring, has brought in seven recruits to help boost the talent and depth of the roster for the upcoming campaign. Saint Joseph's loses just one player – departed senior Jackie Wilson (Tiverton, R.I.) – from a team that went 13-4 overall and 8-1 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play in 2017.

As the #2 seed in the 2017 GNAC Tournament, the Monks opened play with a 17-6 quarterfinal victory over #7 Norwich University, but suffered a hard-fought 11-10 loss at the hands of #6 Simmons College in semifinal play two days later.


Elizabeth Callahan
Major: Nursing

Position: Defense
HT: 5-5
Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough High School

High School: Two-year varsity starter at Scarborough High School…Also appeared in three postseason games for the Red Storm during her sophomore season…Helped the team advance to the Western Maine Finals that year…Junior referee for two years, ages K-5…Has been coaching and volunteering with the Scarborough Girls Youth Lacrosse program for three years.

Personal: Daughter of Mark and Cheryl Callahan…Has three siblings, Meghan, Heather, and Alex Callahan.

Personal Goals for College: Obtain a degree in Nursing and continue to play lacrosse in college.


Alice Murphy
Major: Nursing
Position: Defense
Freeport, Maine / Freeport High School

High School: Scholar Athlete at Freeport High School…Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Susan Murphy...Only child.

Personal Goals for College: To earn my BSN in the Nursing program, be as involved in the SJC community as possible, and meet a lot of new people.


Athena Pappalardo
Major: Medical Biology
HT: 5-2
Gorham, Maine / Gorham High School 

High School Stats: 15 goals / 40 assists

High School: Three-year starting defender at Gorham High School…Helped her team notch four tournament quarterfinal appearances…Earned First-Team All-Conference and SMAA Honorable Mention acclaim sophomore year…Selected as a Team Captain her senior year…Played with Maineiax Lacrosse for one year…Student Council member for three years and School Council member for three years…National Honor Society member…Camp Sunshine volunteer for two years.

Personal: Daughter of Jeff Pappalardo and Melanie Ludwig…Has two brothers, Frankie and Nicco, and three sisters, Marlo, Marina, and Amelia.

Personal Goals for College: I hope to get better in college and learn more from the upperclassmen. I also hope academically I can complete my freshman year with a solid GPA.


Josie Ring
Major: Medical Biology
Position: Attack
HT: 5-2
Newfield, Maine / Massabesic High School

High School Stats: 45 games, 37 goals, 28 assists, 58 ground balls 

High School: Three-year starter at Massabesic High School…Won three Southern Maine titles and two Maine State Championships…Completed her senior year with a perfect record of 16-0…Member of the National Honor Society…All-Academic Team honoree…Completed 503 hours of community service…Served as a volunteer for Massabesic's unified basketball team.

Personal Information: Daughter of Jim and Cheryl Ring…Has an older sister and brother, each with three children.

Personal Goals for College: I plan to grow as an athlete, improving not just my skill and ability but also my confidence. Bringing my all without a fear in mind as I am able to reach my full potential. Another goal of mine is to make life lasting friendships with my teammates, being able to rely on one another like family.


Emma Rose-Mellon
Major: Nursing

Position: Attack
HT: 5-6
Temple, N.H. / ConVal Regional High School

Goals/Assist in HS Career: 13 goals, 36 assists  

High School: Three-year varsity player at ConVal High School…Selected as a team captain for the 2017 season…President of the Student Athletic Leadership Team…Three-sport athlete for all four years…Also played soccer and ice hockey…New Hampshire Scholar Athlete.

Personal Information: Daughter of Vicki Mellon and Keith Olewine (step-dad)…Has a brother, Tim (26), and two step brothers, Sam (20) and Noah (18).

Personal Goals for College: Complete Nursing Degree.


Emily Ryan
Major: Nursing
Position: Attack/Midfield
HT: 5-0
Wakefield, Mass. / Wakefield Memorial High School

High School Stats: 55 goals/23 assists

High School: Three-year varsity starting forward for Cara Luca and Alyssa Marchant at Wakefield Memorial High School…Helped her team advance to the Division 1 State Tournament sophomore and junior years…Played three years of varsity soccer, making the Division 2 State Tournament two years…Played four years of varsity hockey and was named most improved freshman year…Also selected as a team captain senior year…National Honor Society member senior year.

Personal: Emily Kathleen Ryan, born in Winchester, Massachusetts…Daughter of Jack and Kathleen Ryan…Has one younger brother, Jack.

Personal Goals for College: Work diligently and efficiently both on the field and in the classroom, be respected by my peers, professors, and coaches, and always give 100% at what I am trying to accomplish.


Abigail Turgeon
Major: International Business
Position: Midfield/Attack/Defense
HT: 5-3
Rochester, N.H. / Spaulding High School

High School Stats: 19 goals/25 assists

High School: Played four years of varsity lacrosse at Spaulding High School…Earned Most Improved Defensive Player honor.

Personal: Daughter of Gary Turgeon and Amy Joslin...Siblings include Alex, Grace, Sarah, and Madeleine.

Personal Goals for College: My goals are to improve my skills for the last four years of lacrosse that I have and graduate with a degree in International Business then go to law school in Boston for six years, to become a corporate attorney.





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