BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The incoming Lehigh women’s lacrosse class of 2026 includes eight student-athletes from across the country, playing in a variety of positions. Originally announced on social media this winter, these freshman entrants are expected to join the program for the 2022-23 school year.
Lizzie Bozza – M – Morris Plains, NJ – Morristown High School – STEPS Lacrosse
Bozza was a starter for four years and captain for two years for Morristown High School varsity lacrosse. A second-team All-County and second-team All-Conference junior and senior award winner, Bozza was also named to the NJIGLL All-Academic Team and named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American both years as well. She was named All-State Group 4 second team as a senior, finishing her career with 67 goals and 67 assists. Bozza was both the 2022 North Group 4 Sectional Champion and Group 4 State Champion. assistant coach for youth lacrosse.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it ticked all the boxes for me. The rigorous academics, solid lacrosse program and beautiful campus made it a no-brainer.”
Nina DeNicola – A/M – Saint James, NY – Smithtown East High School – Yellow Jackets
DeNicola received an honorable mention All-American at Smithtown East High School in New York. Among many honors, she was a two-time All-County Winner, All-Tournament Team Member, and Booster Club MVP. DeNicola was also a Gold Cord recipient and a member of the National Honor Society with the Span and Math Honor Societies.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the benefits both academically and athletically. I know I can do well in school and thrive on the lacrosse field. I know this is my future home and I will create friendships sustainable.”
Riley Ellis – M – Chapel Hill, NC – East Chapel Hill High School – Ultimate NC
Ellis was a tri-sport athlete for all four years – playing lacrosse, basketball and volleyball – and senior captain for all three sports. In lacrosse, Ellis was a four-time All-Conference winner. As a junior, she was named second-team All-State—helping East Chapel Hill to the North Carolina State Championship—then won first-team All-State as a senior. Ellis also received All-America and Academic All-America honors as a senior. During her career, she totaled 113 goals, 88 assists and 95 ground balls. Strong in the classroom, Ellis earned A-levels throughout high school and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the incredible athleticism and academics it offers within the friendly community.”
Julia Miller – M – Syracuse, NY – West Genesee High School – Outlaw
Miller was one of the SCAC first-team winners at West Genesee High School in New York, scoring 24 goals as a senior while collecting 26 draw checks. A team captain, she earned three varsity letters in lacrosse and two in basketball. In the classroom, Miller earned a spot on the high honor roll every four years. She also won the William Moran Sportsmanship Award.
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it offers amazing academic opportunities and student life experiences. I felt comfortable with the coaches and loved their style of play and team culture.”
Karina Van der Walt – A/M – Ball Ground, GA – Creekview High School – Major Force Lacrosse
Van der Walt was both athletic and academic All-American in 2022, capping off an impressive career at Creekview High School in Georgia. She was also a two-time First-Team All-State winner and a First-Team All-County member each year. The 2022 County Player of the Year and 2019 College MVP, Van der Walt was also named Offensive Player of the Year for 2021 and 2022. She was named to the Georgia National 1 Team and All-Star Team of Georgia in 2021 and 2022. Van der Walt holds his school record for most assists in a game, most assists in a season, most points in a game, most goals in a game and the most draw checks in a season. She helped her team to the 2022 regional championship and a second-place finish in the state championship. Van der Walt was a tri-sport athlete. In addition to her academic All-America honor in the classroom, she was a member of the National Honor Society, member of the honor roll every year from 2019-22, athlete-scholar, member of the French National Honor Society and more. . Van der Walt was part of Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society) and won the Lamp of Knowledge (award).
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh for its rigorous academic studies, competitive athletic environment, and the opportunity to secure my future in a career I enjoy.”
Kacie Wines – A – Madison, Connecticut – Daniel Hand High School – Northeast Lacrosse Club
Wines concluded his career earning US Lacrosse All-America recognition. A two-time First-Team All-Conference winner and team MVP, Wines was named a First-Team All-State in 2021 and was a 2022 Academic All-State winner. She was also a two-time member of U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American in each of his final two seasons. Wines was named his team’s 2019 Rookie of the Year and finished his career with 180 goals and 51 assists for 231 points. She was also captain of her high school swim team where she was a two-time All-State and a two-time state champion. In class, Wines was a member of the National Honor Society.
Why Lehigh? “Lehigh was the perfect match for me. The academics, athletics and location were all what I wanted. When recruiting, the coaching staff was also a big part of why I chose Lehigh!”
Kenna Winters – M – Larchmont, NY – Mamaroneck High School – Sniper sniper stock
A college freshman for three years at Mamaroneck High School, Winters was an All-League and All-Section honorable mention as a junior. She helped Mamaroneck to the sectional championships for the first of consecutive seasons. As a senior, Winters was also named to the UAAA Conny High Team in 2021 and the American Select Downstate Team in 2022. A multi-sport athlete, Winters was also a varsity swimmer and senior captain for five years. She qualified for the 50m freestyle sections three years in a row.
Why Lehigh? “The community that supports Lehigh’s highly competitive academics and athletics is one that I knew immediately after exposure and wanted to be a part of.”
Ashley Young – M – Redding, Conn. – Joel Barlow High School – Golden Coast
Young’s career was capped with second-team All-State and All-Conference Patriot Division in 2022. The previous year, Young helped his team win a conference championship and in-state runners-up. She was a varsity captain in both sports (both lacrosse and field hockey). Strong off the court as well, Young was a recipient of the SWC Leadership Award and won the Scholar-Athlete Award during his four years of high school. She was the recipient of the Cori Distler Lacrosse Scholarship, given for her sportsmanship, integrity, dedication and love of the game. Young was also the recipient of the Jordan Wright Memorial Scholarship, given for giving back to her community.
Why Lehigh? “I chose to attend Lehigh because it’s the perfect combination of challenging academics and athleticism. Also, for the beautiful campus and energetic team atmosphere.”
|Last name||pos.||Hometown/High School||The club team|
|Lizzie Bozza||M||Morris Plains, New Jersey/Morristown High School||NOT|
|Nina DeNicola||A M||Saint James, NY / Smithtown East High School||yellow jackets|
|Riley Ellis||M||Chapel Hill, NC / East Chapel Hill High School||Ultimate NC|
|Julia Miller||M||Syracuse, NY / West Genesee High School||Outlaw|
|Karina Van der Walt||A M||Ballpark, Ga./Creekview High School||Butt of force majeure|
|Kacie Wines||A||Madison, Connecticut/Daniel Hand High School||Northeast Lacrosse Club|
|Kenna Winters||M||Larchmont, NY/Mamaroneck High School||Sniper sniper stock|
|Ashley Young||M||Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow High School||Golden Coast|