Women's Lacrosse Inks Eight to NLI's

The Saints welcome eight freshmen to the program

June 4, 2012

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Lacrosse will welcome eight incoming freshmen to the program this fall. Kate Callahan, Sarah Croutier, Annie Dodge, Andrea Elwell, Ashley Holdridge, Ashley Ruchalski, Lauren Smith and Elizabeth Stutzmann will begin playing for the Saints next spring and comprise the Siena Women's Lacrosse Class of 2016.

A 5'9" attack from Upper Saddle River, N.J., Callahan amassed 97 points including 68 goals this spring in leading Northern Highlands Regional High to the NJSIAA North Jersey Group 2 Quarterfinals. As a junior, Callahan ranked tied for 65th in the nation with 102 points and was named a First Team All-Bergen County and First Team All-Colonial League honoree.

"Kate is a great athlete and has really focused on being a student of the game over the last two years," said head coach Andrea Duffy. "She has great field vision and a creative mind for the offensive end of the field."

Croutier joins the Saints from Rockville Centre, N.Y. where she played attack at Kellenberg High. Croutier, who plays her club lacrosse for the Long Island Liberty, led Kellenberg to the CHSAA Semifinals this spring and was previously named an All-Catholic League selection. In two years with the varsity squad, she amassed 114 goals and 149 total points.

"Sarah is a very creative and explosive attacker," noted Duffy. "She is always looking to try and create scoring opportunities by having the ability to feed and dodge back at the X."

A native of East Northport, N.Y., Dodge was a standout two-sport athlete in both lacrosse and basketball at Northport High. In lacrosse Dodge, a 5'9" defender and midfielder, started for Northport's 2011 Class A New York State Championship squad and received the Brine Stick Unsung Hero Award for her efforts in both the state semifinal and championship games. In basketball, Dodge, was a four-year varsity starter and achieved All-League honors. Additionally Dodge, who played her club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets, was recently named Northport High's Scholar Athlete of the Year.



"Annie is a true defender and comes from a strong high school and club program," commented Duffy. "She does an incredible job of being aggressive and vocal on the defensive end and slides extremely well. She is always giving 100% in everything she does and will fit in well with our program and team dynamics."

A 5'6" midfielder and attack from Lancaster, N.Y., Elwell was a two-sport star in lacrosse and soccer at St. Mary's High. A four-year varsity starter, Elwell played two years at Santa Margarita High in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. where she was named a Second Team All-Catholic League selection following her sophomore season. At St. Mary's, Elwell was a two-time team captain and MVP and All-Catholic League First Team selection. Elwell, who plays her club lacrosse for Buffalo Wings Elite, recently concluded a stellar senior season which saw her amass 84 points on 71 goals and 13 assists.

"Andi is a great athlete and has a passion for the game with an incredible work ethic," said Duffy. "She gives her all in everything she does and is not only a student of the game, but has the ability to teach the game."

Holdridge is a 6'1" goalie who matriculates to Loudonville from Henninger/Nottingham High in Syracuse, N.Y. A three-year varsity participant, Holdridge won the 2012 Central New York Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.

"Ashley stands at 6'1" and sees the ball incredibly well," commented Duffy. "She has taken what she has learned in basketball and brought it into her lacrosse game with her ability to read the plays and get in good position for a shot. She's aggressive and is not afraid to come out after a save and clear on the run."

A 5'4" attack and midfielder, Ruchalski joins the Saints from Sacred Heart High in Rockville Centre, N.Y. A four-year varsity performer, Ruchalski led Sacred Heart to a 16-4 record this spring and a CHSAA Class AA Title Game appearance. Ruchalski played her club lacrosse for Team Elevate.

"Ashley is a versatile player and has a strong work ethic in the midfield," noted Duffy. "She is able to transition and push fast breaks which will help our transition game next year."

Smith is a local product from nearby Menands, N.Y. where she plays midfield at Shaker High. Smith recently led the Blue Bison to the Section II Class A Championship and on Saturday tallied a pair of goals in Shaker's Class A Regional Finals win over North Rockland. In 18 games so far this season, Smith has tallied 85 points on 57 goals and 28 assists in leading Shaker to the state championships for the first time in school history. On May 13, Smith was named the NewsChannel 13/Dunkin Donuts and Times Union Large Schools Player of the Week. Shaker's Student Government President, Smith is a US Lacrosse High School Academic All-American and also plays for Metro Club.

"Lauren has a true understanding of team play and creativeness on the offensive end," said Duffy. "She is always a double threat and is going to fit right in to our program philosophy. Lauren has an incredible work ethic that is contagious."

A 5'8" defender from Garden City, N.Y., Stutzmann recently led Garden City High to its eighth straight Long Island Class B Title. Under her leadership, Garden City is currently ranked 14th nationally in the Powerade FAB 50 National Rankings and will play in the state semifinals this weekend. Stutzmann played her club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets.

"Liz is going to be a great addition to our defense and draw teams," said Duffy. "She has great field vision and a strong presence on the defensive end. She comes from a strong winning program and will help us build our tradition."

The octet joins a Siena Women's Lacrosse program which recently advanced to the program's third straight MAAC Championships appearance.