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Nine New Signings

Nov 11, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford welcomes nine new student-athletes to the squad for the 2023-24 season, the Paul A. Violich Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Danielle Spencer announced this week.

Ava Arceri (St. James, N.Y.), Ava Brosnan (Winchester, Mass.), Anna Colpack (Littleton, Colo.), Lindsey Devir (Ridgewood, N.J.), Ellie Johnson (Riverside, Conn.), Shae Lembo (Northport, N.Y.), Elise Murphy (Brighton, N.Y.), Aliya Polisky (Franklin, Tenn.), and Kaleigh Sommers (Fairfield, Conn.) will join the Cardinal and prepare to make an immediate impact come the spring of 2024.

"We are so excited to welcome this class to Stanford and into the open arms of our lacrosse family!" said the Paul A. Violich Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Danielle Spencer. "There is so much potential in this class. I can't wait to support their development on and off the field and see the ways they will better our program."

Ava Arceri
Attack - St. James, N.Y. - Smithtown High School East - Long Island Top Guns

Quick Profile: Two-time captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Smithtown East (2022-23) ... led team to a Suffolk County Championship appearance (2021) ... named All-American (2022), All-Long Island (2022), All-County (2022) ... also named All-American Honorable Mention (2021), All-County (2021), All-League (2021), and Rookie of the Year (2019) ... two-time Suffolk County Top 10 point scorer (2021-22).

Club Lacrosse: Competed for the Long Island Top Guns (2015-22), the No. 1 ranked club in the country in 2021 ... member of the Stanford Committed Team for select tournaments (2022) ... named an Inside Lacrosse 5-Star Recruit (2022) ... Inside Lacrosse I.D. All-Tournament Team (2022) ... Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy Team MVP and Champion (2022).

National Team: Member of the USA U18 National Team (2022) ... competed at the Brognan Cup in Sparks, Md. ... participated at the USA NDTP Combine (2022).

Off the Field: Parents are Gerard and Renata Arceri ... has two siblings, Gerard and Chris ... brother Gerard was a two-time All-American lacrosse player at Penn State and currently an Atlas Professional Lacrosse team member ... brother Chris play's lacrosse at Pennsylvania ... is interested in studying physics or architecture ... hobbies include biking, playing the violin, hiking, cooking, and community service ... also played varsity volleyball in high school.

Ava Brosnan
Attack - Winchester, Mass. - Dexter Southfield High School

Quick Profile: Played for Dexter Southfield in the Independent School League ... team competed in the Girls High School National Championship invite on two occasions ... named an Under Armour All-American (2022) ... represented team MA/RI at the USA Lacrosse Women's National Tournament, winning the tournament championship (2022) ... American Selects (2022) ... two-time High School Nationals participant (2021-22) ... two-time All-NEPSAC (2021-22).

Off the Field: Parents are Kieran and Catherine Brosnan ... has two siblings, Myles and Grace ... is interested in studying architectural design ... hobbies include volunteering for Harlem Lacrosse, volunteering for you lacrosse, going to the beach, walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with family ... also played varsity field hockey in high school. 

Anna Colpack
Midfield - Littleton, Colo. - Colorado Academy - JM3 Lacrosse / Team 180 Lacrosse

Quick Profile: Captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Colorado Academy (2023) ... led team to two Colorado 5A High School State Championship titles (2021-22) ... named second-team All-State (2022) ... two-time First Team All-Conference selection (2021-22) ... also competed on varsity field hockey ... led team to the Colorado Field Hockey State Championship title (2022) ... Colorado Field Hockey State Championship runner-up (2021) ... named Colorado Field Hockey All-State Honorable Mention (2021).

Club Lacrosse: Competed for Team 180 Lacrosse (2019-22), the No. 16 ranked team by US Club Lacrosse, and JM3 Lacrosse (2022)  ... two-time member of American Select Team Colorado (2021-22) ... Inside Lacrosse ID participant (2022) ... ranked No. 9 out of 120 top committed players ... named the Players Series Summer Showcase Standout (2021) ... Five-Star Prospect Camp All-Star selection (2021) ... Under Armour All-American Southwest Team (2020) ... WPLL Futures selection (2020) ... USA Lacrosse Nationals All-Tournament team (2019).

National Team: Invited to the combine for Team USA National Development Program (2022).

Off the Field: Parents are Mike and Dian Colpack ... has a brother, Mike who played lacrosse at Marquette ... hobbies include art, snow skiing, yoga, hiking, mountain biking, and fitness.

Lindsey Devir
Midfield - Ridgewood, N.J. - Ridgewood High School - Steps Elite N.J.

Quick Profile: Captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Ridgewood High School (2023) ... two-time Bergen County Champion (2021-22) ... named team MVP (2021) ... two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2021-22) ... two-time First Team All-County selection (2021-22) ... two-time First Team All-League (2021-22) ... two-time First Team County BCWCA (2021-22) ... offensive MVP (2022) ... Stars and Stripes Player of the Year (2022) ... owns the Ridgewood records for most goals in a season, most goals in a game, most points in a season, and sits atop the leader board for career goals.

Club Lacrosse: Competed for Steps Elite N.J. (2018-22). 

National Team: Two-time member of the USA Lacrosse National Team (U16 - 2021, U18 - 2022).

Off the Field: Parents are Timothy and Kimberly Devir ... has two siblings, Kait and Connor ... Kait plays lacrosse as a goalkeeper at USC ... Connor plays lacrosse at Connecticut ... is interested in studying marketing ... hobbies include hiking, reading, and biking ... also competed in varsity soccer in high school, serving as team captain (2022) ... also competed in varsity track in high school and was named All-League Big North First Team in the 4x400 (2021) and All-League Big North Second Team in the 400 (2022).

Ellie Johnson
Defense - Riverside, Conn. - Greenwich Academy - CT Grizzlies Lacrosse Club

Quick Profile: Captain of the varsity lacrosse team at the Greenwich Academy (2023) ... No. 3 ranked team in the NEPSAC with a .75 winning percentage (2022) ... team ranked No. 25 nationally by ILWomen (2022) ...  named USA Lacrosse All-American (2022) ... named All-NEPSAC (2022) ... named All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention (2021) ... earned Mildred Boyd Schoeller Award for top 11th-grade athlete ... received the Alan Gilchrist award  for top 10th-grade athlete ... twice led team in caused turnovers (2021-22) ... led the team in ground balls (2021).

Club Lacrosse: Competed CT Grizzles Lacrosse Club (2018-22), ranked No. 2 in the country ... played for 2020 Under Armour CONNY Command Team, winning the national championship ... played for the American Select All-Region team for CT (2021-22), finishing second nationally in 2021 and winning the national championship in 2022 ... 2020 Under Armour CONNY Command Team All-Tournament team selection and MVP for the East Super Regional. 

Off the Field: Parents are Rob and Katie Johnson ... has two siblings, Charlie and Henry ... Charlie plays lacrosse at Duke ... mother Katie captained the lacrosse and field hockey at Princeton, as well as on Team USA ... grandfather Steve Thurlow played rugby and baseball at Stanford before playing football for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins for six seasons ... is interested in management science and engineering ... hobbies include politics, coaching lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball ... also captained varsity field hockey and basketball, making it to the NEPSAC league semifinal (2021).

Shae Lembo
Goalkeeper - Northport N.Y. - St. Anthony's High School - Yellow Jackets

Quick Profile: Played goalkeeper for St. Anthony's High School ... led team to the league championship title (2021-22) ... named an Under Armour All-American (2020) ... named to the Under Armour All-American Tournament Team (2020). 

Club Lacrosse: Competed for the Yellow Jackets (2019-22) ... Mid-Atlantic Champions (2021).

Off the Field: Parents are Thomas and Lisa Johnson ... has two siblings, Caela and Roane ... is interested in studying genetics ... hobbies include scuba diving and surfing ... also competed in soccer for St. Anthony's High School.

Elise Murphy
Attack - Brighton, N.Y. - Brighton High School - Monster Elite National Lacrosse / Relentless Hustle Lacrosse Club

Quick Profile: Captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Brighton High School (2023) ... two-time All-County First Team ... two-time Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Super 16 ... led team in points, goals, assists, and draw controls (2021) ... led team in points and assists, and fourth in the league in assists and top-10 in points (2022).

Club Lacrosse: Competed for Monster Elite National Lacrosse (2020-22), a top-five team in the country in each of the previous three seasons ... also competed for Relentless Hustle Lacrosse Club (2017-20) ... represented American Select New York Upstate team. 

Off the Field: Parents are Stephen and Dawn Murphy ... has two siblings, Sidonie and Grace ... interested in studying biology ... hobbies include lifting and conditioning, reading, coaching youth lacrosse, skiing, and working at an ice cream shop.

Aliya Polisky
Attack - Franklin, Tenn. - Franklin High School - Eagle Stix Lacrosse Club

Quick Profile: Captain of the varsity lacrosse team at Franklin High School (2021-22) ... two-time state champions (2021-22) ... three-time All-Region selection (2020-22) ... two-time All-State selection (2021-22) ... two-time US Lacrosse All-America (2021-22). 

Club Lacrosse: Competed with Eagle Stix Lacrosse Club, ranked the No. 1 team in the south and no. 8 team in the nation according to US Club Lacrosse ... voted the MVP at the Inside Lacrosse Committed Academy (2022) ... won the Committed Academy Championship against Duke and UNC. 

National Team: Selected for the USA U18 National Select Development Team ... competed at the Brogden Cup in Sparks, Md. 

Off the Field: Parents are Will and Joelle Polisky ... has two siblings, Zach and Mickayla ... is interested in studying economics ... hobbies include fitness and working for a local jewelry business ... is part of the first group of female student-athletes in Stanford history to be in the Early Enrollment Program ... also competed in track and field in high school ... own's Franklin's high school records in the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4x100 ... voted sprinter MVP.

Kaleigh Sommers
Midfield - Fairfield, Conn. - Fairfield Ludlowe High School - CT Grizzlies

Quick Profile: Two-time Captain of the varsity lacrosse team Fairfield Ludlowe High School (2022-23) ... state championship runner-up (2021) ... conference and state tournament appearance (2022) ... USA Lacrosse High School All-American (2022) ... All-State selection (2022) ... American Select All-Tournament First Team and National Champion (2022) ... two-time All-Conference First Team (2021-22) ... 2020 Under Armour All-American National Champion.

Club Lacrosse: Competed with CT Grizzles (2020-23) ... NGLL National Champions (2019) ... 

National Team: Selected for the USA U16 Team ... competed at the Brogden Cup in Sparks, Md. 

Off the Field: Parents are Michael and Jody Sommers ... has a brother, Brody ... is interested in studying economics ... hobbies include going to the beach and hanging out with friends ... also captained the varsity basketball at Fairfield Ludlowe High School ... named a 2022 All-State selection ... 2022 Conference Player of the Year ... two-time All-Conference selection ... led team to conference and state tournament appearances (2021-22).