Congratulations to NJ 2020 Grace Faircloth! The speedy defender from The Lawrenceville School has officially committed to Cornell University. Colorado native Faircloth will join several other Ultimate grads at Ivy League great Cornell.
“Grace is one of the fastest players I have seen in a long time,” explained Ultimate Lacrosse Head Coach Michele DeJuliis. “She plays with a chip and is super gritty and hungry. We love the all-out hustle she displays throughout every game and practice. She has the ability to really change the game and Cornell is lucky to have her.”
A member of the Under Armour All-American NJ 2019/2020 Highlight Team, Faircloth has started every game of her high school career. Before transferring to The Lawrenceville School Faircloth attended Kent Denver School, where she won Defensive Player of the Year as just a freshman. As a repeat freshman at The Lawrenceville School Faircloth was named to the All-Conference team. With Faircloth running the defense, The Lawrenceville School has been ranked as high as 6th in the state and 18th in the nation. In addition to lacrosse Faircloth also plays field hockey and runs track, where she qualified for Nationals in 2017 as part of The Lawrenceville School’s 4x400 Relay team. Faircloth hopes to join the Cornell School of Hotel Administration/Hospitality.
“I am thrilled to have committed to study and play lacrosse at Cornell because of the amazing program that has been built there over many years,” explained Faircloth. “It is clear it is a program that truly is a family that supports each other on and off the field. I am confident that attending Cornell will push me to be a better version of myself and I hope to push my future teammates to do the same.”
There are currently five Ultimate grads playing at Cornell: Caroline Allen, Taylor Lis, Reilly Fletcher, Ashleigh Gundy, and Natalie Hughes. Led by Head Coach Jenny Graap, Cornell finished the 2018 season 7-8 and 2-5 in the competitive Ivy League. The record is misleading, as Cornell fell to conference foes Brown and Harvard by 1 goal each. Ultimate grad Caroline Allen in particular had a standout 2018 season. Just a sophomore, attacker/midfielder Allen started every game during the 2018 season, leading Cornell in points (47), goals (35), and assists (12), and was named Second Team All Ivy League. Her 17 free possession goals during the season tied a program record. Allen, who will be a team captain as a junior, is one of several key returners that will lead Cornell during the 2019 season. Graap, who is entering her twenty-second year as Cornell head coach after playing there herself, is also a key part of Cornell’s success. The 2017 Ivy League Coach of the Year and 2002 IWLCA Coach of the Year, Grapp has led Cornell to a 193-126 overall record during her time as a head coach. Congratulations, Grace! We look forward to cheering you and your Cornell teammates on!
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