2018 LACROSSE INCOMING CLASS
" We are thrilled to welcome our next class of impressive scholar-athletes ready to work hard and compete at the next level. All nine of these young women believe in the culture and foundation we've built over the last two years. They are more than ready to help us reach our goals. Kelly McPartland, Lauren Kahn, and I are eager to start working with our first years and returners once the semester begins."
-Andrea Cofrin, Head Coach of Columbia Lacrosse
A proven offensive force with her crafty stick work and shifty movement, Alexandria Absey amassed 191 career goals in three seasons playing at Ridgewood High School which ranks second all-time in the school’s history. Absey was one of the most notable offensive threats in the state of New Jersey with three 50-plus goal seasons, including a season-high 75 in her junior year.
Her explosive junior season earned first team All-League, All-Group 4, All-County, All-North Jersey and second team All-State accolades. Absey followed with first team All-County and All-North Jersey, second team All-League an All-Group 4, and third team All-State honors in her final season.
In the classroom, the Academic All-American was also a National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society member. Absey intends to major in Political Science at Columbia to continue her studies in her favorite subjects of history and government.
Playing nearly every minute of every game during her three-year career at Phillip Exeter Academy, defender Cara Jones, along with her twin sister Leah Jones, made up a dynamic duo for that lead Exeter to an incredible 34-2-1 record in their junior and senior seasons. Jones capped her senior season by receiving U.S. Lacrosse All-American accolades.
No stranger to competing against the best, Jones played in the 2015 Under Armour Tournament as a member of the New England team. In both 2015 and 2016, she played with the New Hampshire/Vermont Team at the US Lacrosse National Tournament.
Jones plans on majoring in chemistry at Columbia after graduating with several academic honors from the Phillip Exeter Academy.
Joining her twin sister Cara in Morningside Heights, Leah Jones made sure to bring the U.S. Lacrosse All-American defensive duo from Phillip Exeter Academy to Columbia. She also played in the 2015 Under Armour Tournament as a member of the New England team and with the New Hampshire/Vermont Team at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament in both 2015 and 2016.
In 2014 at Wayland High school, Jones anchored a defense that led the team to a 16-5-1 record en route to a Division II Eastern Massachusetts Conference Championship.
An honors student at Phillip Exeter Academy, Jones also brings academic excellence to the classroom at Columbia.
World traveler and London, England, defender Isobel Miles has chosen to bring her talents across the pond to Columbia this season. Miles is a decorated defender, including a two-time South East U19 Champion ('14, 15), a 2016 England U19A Home International Champion and a two-time Vivien Jones Challenge Cup Champion (‘15, ‘16) which is a league that hosts the top lacrosse schools in the country.
Miles stellar performance in the classroom also collected several honors. From 2009-16, she has received the Academic Scholar Year prize. She earned gold in the 2014 UK Mathematics Challenge and in 2016, she earned the Sixth Form Prize and Leadership Prize from The Lady Eleanor Holles School.
During her gap year after high school, Miles volunteered with Raleigh International in Nicaragua and Costa Rica for 10 weeks, assisting park rangers in Rincon de la Vieja National Park (Costa Rica) to complete a water project that provided running water to 30 homes. Miles has traveled to six continents with Antarctica next on the list.
At Oceanside High School, Alison Schwasnick was a four-time letterwinner as a midfielder. Ali’s unmatched speed and hustle helped her collect an impressive career total 133 goals, 51 assists, 179 draw controls, 159 groundballs and 84 caused turnovers. Recognized by Newsday in its Top-100 lacrosse players in Long Island for four consecutive years, it's no surprise that Schwasnick is a three time All-County honoree and lead Oceanside to the 2016 Nassau County Class A finals in her team MVP season.
Schwasnick capped her senior year with All-Nassau County accolades and U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American honors. As a National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society and Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) member, her performance in the classroom mirrored her excellence on the field. She comes to Columbia with goals of becoming a physician.
The lacrosse blood runs strong in the Schwasnick family dating back to her grandfather, Ernie Schwasnick, playing for Adelphi from 1959-62. Both her father, Michael Schwasnick (1983-86), and uncle, Peter Schwasnick (1987-90), played at the University of Maryland and her brother, Luke Schwasnick, is currently competing at Syracuse University.
A versatile athlete and formidable defender/midfielder from Summit High School, Stella Spotts will add more depth for the Lions this season. Spotts is coming off a phenomenal senior year that garnered top honors en route to a Stars & Stripes Conference title, a North Jersey Group 3 Sectional title and a Group 3 State Championship title. The team ranked fourth overall in the state by Star Ledger and fifth in the tri-state area by News 12 Varsity and #10 in the nation in the USA Today Super 25 poll.
Summit was named Team of the Year by NJ.com after winning the Tournament of Champions and was ranked as high as fifth in the national USA Today Super 25 Poll and fourth in the national Inside Lacrosse poll. As one of the best defenders in New Jersey, Spotts was a First Team All-State selection and a U.S. Lacrosse All-American.
Her excellence in the classroom earned Spotts the AP Scholar Award and Latin Seal of Bi-literacy as she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Summit High School.
Devon Stuzin, sister of junior defender Madeleine Stuzin, will continue the family affair for the Lions this season as part of the third pair of siblings on the team. After consecutive All-ISPL seasons as a midfielder at Mercersburg Academy, Stuzin spent two years at the Bryn Mawr School for her junior and senior campaigns.
A dual-sport athlete in both soccer and lacrosse, Stuzin posted an efficient senior campaign with the sticks, including 21 goals, three assists, 66 draw controls and 33 groundballs as a midfielder. Stuzin’s ability to track the ball and down and uncanny work ethic will be another welcomed addition to our midfield unit.
Outstanding in the classroom, Stuzin is a two-time recipient of Bryn Mawr School's Scholar-Athlete Award. The Stuzin name continues to lend its strength to Columbia Athletics as her father Ken Stuzin ('86CC, '93CBS) competed as a lightweight rower for the Lions.
Four-sport athlete and three-time volleyball league champion Kruti Sutaria from Ardsley High School will bring her four-time All-League talent as a goalie to Columbia this season. Sutaria made 723 career saves, coming off a senior year that boasted 233 saves on a save percentage of .513.
Along with being a trained as an Indian classical dancer and the ability to speak four languages, Sutaria's merits in the classroom are astounding. She garnered a number of science research and robotics awards, including winning the 2016 Westchester Science & Engineering Grand Prize or being the 2014 First Lego League National Robotics League Champion. Also a three-time Science Olympiad Regional Champion, she was a National Merit Finalist, named AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Latin Exam Gold Medalist.
From the five-time league champion Smithtown High School West, attacker Chelsea Witteck brings her scoring prowess to Columbia. In four seasons, Witteck fired in 157 goals and 103 assists, including season-highs of 57 goals in 2016 and 41 assists in 2015.
Witteck is a two-time All-Suffolk County honoree with her first coming in 2016 after a run to the Suffolk County Championship. She was also touted as one of Newsday's Top 100 players to watch in her senior season.
A 2017 Academic All-American, Witteck also gained academic honors as an AP Scholar with Distinction, finishing in the top 10% of her class, and being a member of the Math Honor Society, Italian Honor Society, English honor Society and National Honor Society.