Women's Lacrosse
Countdown to lacrosse: Eight Freshmen

Jan. 30, 2014



In eight days, the Vanderbilt lacrosse team begins the 2014 season on Feb. 7 at Kennesaw State. To get ready for the 19th season in program history, vucommodores.com will spotlight all 29 players and coaches Cathy Swezey, Susan Ellis and Julie Gardner. This segment will offer an inside look into the team on and off the field.

Today, we introduce the team's eight freshmen - Callahan Kent, Eliza Clemens, Abby Quirk, Jill Doherty, MacKenzie Lange, Shelby Trentzsch, Sydney Trentzsch and Caroline Peters. The class hails from Maryland and Massachusetts and features five high school All-Americans, two high school Academic All-Americans, a combined seven state championships and identical twins.

Eliza Clemens 
Defense, 5-8 
Baltimore, Md. 

Clemens was a three-year starter at Bryn Mawr, which was ranked No. 2 in the nation in 2011. She received the school's scholar-athlete award and the team's unsung hero award in 2013. Her mother, Cari, rode on the equestrian team and played tennis at Sweet Briar College. Her sister, Virginia, rides on the equestrian team at Clemson. 

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Six years old 

When I was a kid I tried to be like: Never one person but I looked up to a lot of older girls and my mom 

A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: I play with a lot of intensity and lack of fear. I am passionate about the sport and play with tenacity. 

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Overall I aim to improve my footwork and quick stick skills 

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: The way in which she communicates with us is very impressive. Her understanding of the game is very apparent when she is coaching us. I commend her for her ability to connect with us and get her point across without raising her voice. 

Favorite musical performer: Coldplay 

Favorite movie: She's The Man 

Favorite midnight snack: Mint chocolate chip ice cream 

Favorite thing about myself: My ability to see the good in people 

Worst habit: Staring at the sun to sneeze 

Dream Date: Channing Tatum 

My bucket list includes: Traveling the world 

Talent I’d most like to have: Photographic memory 

Favorite aspect of Nashville: The music 

Superstitions: Making a wish at 11:11 p.m. 

The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: Kate Middleton 

What I would do if I won the lottery: Give some away to charity, family and friends and then travel the world later in life 

Ultimate vacation destination: Italy 

The person I admire most: My mother 

Career goal: I am unsure as of now because I have so many different interests but I would love to do something involving people, hence why I am planning on majoring in human and organizational development 

The best advice I’ve received: Always be yourself and see the good in others. We are all different and you must embrace who you are and be true to yourself. You can only be happy if you are happy with the person you are and how you treat and see others. Do whatever you can to be happy and believe in yourself, never lose sight of your values and goals you have created for and always remember in the end family is all you really have; tell people how much they mean to you. - From my mother


Jill Doherty 

Midfielder, 5-3 
Reading, Mass. 

Doherty was a three-year starter at Brooks School. She was named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2011 (honorable mention ) and 2012 and 2013 (first team both years). Her Lower New England team won the 2012 national tournament. Her brother, Michael, plays ice hockey at Yale and her father, also Michael, is a deputy fire chief of the Boston Fire Department. 

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Five or six years old 

I picked my jersey number (No. 11) because: It was my mom's number 

When I was a kid I tried to be like: My older brother, Michael 

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Her ability to connect with and motivate everyone on the team 

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: Being part of such a close and hard-working team 

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Ice hockey 

Favorite musical performer: Carrie Underwood 

Favorite movie: Just Go With It 

Favorite midnight snack: Oreo ice cream 

Favorite thing about myself: Positive energy 

Dream date: Tom Brady 

The best tasting food I can make: Pancakes 

My bucket list includes: Going to Greece 

Talent I'd most like to have: Being a good gymnast 

The person I'd love to trade places with for a day: Jennifer Lawrence 

Career goal: To work for the NHL 

The person(s) I admire the most: My mom and dad and both of my grandmothers 

The best advice I've received: My mom and dad always told me to give my best effort but to remember to have fun 

Biggest influence in my life: Having such a large supportive family 

My advice to young people is: If you really want to achieve something, hard work will take you there. 


Callahan Kent

Goalkeeper, 5-4
Norwell, Mass.

Kent was a four-year starter, spending the last three seasons at Thayer Academy. She was named an Under Armour All-American as a sophomore in 2011. She won a state championship as a freshman and helped the Lower New England Team I of Eastern Massachusetts Girl's Lacrosse Coaches Association capture the 2012 national tournament title. Her mother, Jen, also played collegiate lacrosse and is an assistant coach at Boston College.

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: In third grade

When I was a kid I tried to be like: My mom

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: She is a very personal coach and creates a strong bond and relationship with every one of her players

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: We have a very outgoing and supportive team. I know my teammates always have my back.

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Ice hockey

Favorite musical performer: John Mayer

Favorite movie: Remember the Titans or She's the Man

Nobody can believe I watch this TV show: One Tree Hill

Favorite midnight snack: Popcorn with the rookie

Favorite thing about myself: Outgoing

Dream date: Patriots game

The best tasting food I can make: Ginger snaps

My bucket list includes: Traveling around the world

Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins) or Tom Brady

Other interesting facts about yourself: I went to China this past summer and it was a life-changing experience

Superstitions: Have to warm up the same way every game: wear my 'Prove People Wrong' bracelet and listen to music.

The person I'd trade places with for a day: Kate Middleton

Career goal: Win a national championship

The most famous person I've met: Steve Carell

My advice to young people is: Don't be afraid to try something new


MacKenzie Lange

Midfielder, 5-8
Baltimore, Md.

Lange was a three-year starter at Hereford. She was named first-team All-Division and All-County in 2012 and was the team's second-leading scorer in 2011-12. Her sister, Taylor also played lacrosse at Vanderbilt and graduated in 2012.

Nickname: MacK

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Five years old

When I was a kid I tried to be like: My older sister (Taylor)

A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: Powerful or strong

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Finesse shots and swinging when I check

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Her pump -up speeches, constant energy, and ability to connect with not only the team, but also individuals on the team

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: Not only is the team a great program, I am attending a top 25 university

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Volleyball

Favorite musical performer: Beyoncé

Favorite movie: Anchorman

Favorite midnight snack: Peanut butter

Favorite thing about myself: Outgoingness

Worst habit: Biting my nails

Dream Date: Anywhere tropical

The best tasting food I can make: Homemade pizza

My bucket list includes: Traveling to every continent at some point

Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: LeBron James

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing

Favorite thing to do away from lacrosse: Spending time with friends and family

I’m as good as anyone at: Laughing

Favorite aspect of Nashville: The energy

Superstitions: Pregame rituals

Other interesting facts about yourself: I went to Africa my junior year summer to serve for missionary work. I coached a lacrosse camp for two years in a row that taught kids fundamental skills.

The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: Beyoncé

What I would do if I won the lottery: Invest and save it

The person(s) I admire most: My parents

Career goal: To beat my records from the pervious year (goals, ground balls, etc.)

The best advice I’ve received: Be quick, but don’t hurry.

The most famous person I’ve met: Michael Phelps

Biggest influence in my life: My sister

Most important thing I’ve learned since coming to Vanderbilt: A hard-work ethic due to the competitiveness

My advice to young people is: The harder you work in high school, the more successful you’ll be in college and in life.


Caroline Peters 

Midfield, 5-7 
Rockville, Md. 

Peters was a highly decorated recruit out of Our Lady of Good Counsel. She was a four-year starter and a US Lacrosse First-Team All-American and Academic All-American. She scored 70 goals last season and was named the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. She also played in the World Cup and European Championships for Team Ireland. She led the team with 19 goals at the 2012 European Championships. Her grandfather, Bernie O'Rourke, played lacrosse at the University of Maryland. Twenty of her former high school teammates are or have played Division I lacrosse. 

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: 12 

I picked my jersey number (No. 32) because: It’s a combination of my high school number (2) and my Ireland jersey (3) 

When I was a kid I tried to be like: (Skier) Picabo Street, flying down the mountain skiing 

A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: Aggressive, fearless, team-oriented 

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Be in the moment 

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Her commitment to not only making me a better player but a better person 

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: How close our team is 

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Football 

Favorite musical performer: Drake 

Favorite movie: The Town 

Favorite midnight snack: Almonds and Nutella 

Dream Date: Jesse Williams 

My bucket list includes: Skydiving 

Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Adrian Peterson 

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing 

Favorite thing to do away from lacrosse: Draw 

One thing my hometown is famous for: Crabs 

The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: Alana Blanchard 

Other interesting facts about yourself: I'm an Irish Citizen 

What I would do if I won the lottery: Pay back my parents for everything they have given me 

Ultimate vacation destination: Maldives 

The person(s) I admire most: My parents 

The best advice I’ve received: To be appreciative of what you have - high school teacher, Sean Hanel 

The most famous person(s) I’ve met: Vernon Davis, Hayden Panettiere 

Biggest influence in my life: My parents 

Most important thing I’ve learned since coming to Vanderbilt: Time management and that I am more independent than I thought I was 

My advice to young people is: Enjoy life in the moment because it goes by way too fast


Abby Quirk

Attack, 5-9
Sudbury, Mass.

Quirk was a four-year starter and a US Lacrosse All-American at Lincoln-Sudbury. She scored 113 goals and dished out 146 assists her last two years. She was also a part of the Lower New England Team of Eastern Massachusetts Girl's Lacrosse Coaches Association that captured the 2012 national tournament title. Her mother, Nancy, played lacrosse at the University of Delaware.

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Seven years old

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Quickness

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Great balance between intensity and fun

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: It gives us a great balance of an intense lacrosse program along with a high quality, rigorous education

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Soccer

Favorite musical performer: Justin Bieber

Favorite movie: Hannah Montana: The Movie

Nobody can believe I watch this TV show: MTV Cribs

Favorite midnight snack: Brussel sprouts

Favorite thing about myself: Charming personality

Worst habit: Biting nails

Dream Date: Candlelight dinner followed by a drive-in movie

The best tasting food I can make: Chicken parm

My bucket list includes: Learning to surf

Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Ryan Lochte

Favorite thing to do away from lacrosse: Cook

I’m as good as anyone at: Art

The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: Kate Middleton

What I would do if I won the lottery: Go Heli-skiing in the Swiss Alps

Ultimate vacation destination: Europe

The person(s) I admire most: My mom

Career goal: Become a CEO

The most famous person I’ve met: Adam Sandler

Biggest influence in my life: Family

My advice to young people is: You only live once


Shelby Trentzsch
Midfield, 5-1
Westminster, Md.

Trentzsch is one half of an identical twin duo as her sister, Sydney, is also a freshman on the lacrosse team. Their mother, Denise, is also a twin. Their older sister, Amalie, plays lacrosse at Maryland. Shelby was a four-year starter at Winters Mill, helped the Falcons win three state championships and was named an Academic All-American.

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Seven years old

When I was a kid I tried to be like: My older sister (Amalie)

A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: Aggressive, hardworking, quick

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Being more powerful on offense

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Her dedication to the team, her positivity, and her passion for the sport

Favorite part about playing at Vanderbilt: Getting the opportunity to play with my teammates

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Field hockey

Favorite musical performer: Carrie Underwood

Favorite movie: Bridesmaids

Nobody can believe I watch this TV show: The Vampire Diaries

Favorite midnight snack: Bowl of cereal

The best tasting food I can make: Pizza

Talent I’d most like to have: Sing

Favorite thing to do away from lacrosse: Be with my friends and family

One thing my hometown is famous for: Crab cakes

What I would do if I won the lottery: Buy a beach house

Ultimate vacation destination: Hawaii

The person(s) I admire most: My parents

Biggest influence in my life: My parents and siblings


Sydney Trentzsch
Midfield, 5-1
Westminster, Md.

Trentzsch is the other half of an identical twin duo as her sister, Shelby, is also a freshman on the lacrosse team. Their mother, Denise, is also a twin. Their older sister, Amalie, plays lacrosse at Maryland. Sydney was a four-year starter at Winters Mill, helped the Falcons win three state championships and was named a US Lacrosse All-American and Academic All-American in 2012.

Age I picked up a lacrosse stick: Seven years old

When I was a kid I tried to be like: (Former All-American lacrosse player at Maryland) Jen Adams

A few words that describe the way I play lacrosse: Scrappy, aggressive

What I need to improve on to be a better player: Stick skills and confidence on offense

The thing that impresses me most about Coach Swezey: Dedication to our team

Favorite sport other than lacrosse: Field hockey

Favorite musical performer: Zac Brown Band

Favorite movie: 10 Things I Hate About You

Nobody can believe I watch this TV show: Vampire Diaries

Favorite midnight snack: Popcorn

Favorite thing about myself: Hair

Worst habit: Staring

The best tasting food I can make: Omelettes

My bucket list includes: Skydiving

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing

Favorite thing to do away from lacrosse: Hangout with friends

Other interesting facts about yourself: I have a three-legged cat. My mom is a twin.

The person I’d love to trade places with for a day: Victoria Beckham

What I would do if I won the lottery: Save my money

Ultimate vacation destination: Bahamas

The person(s) I admire most: My parents

Career goal: Start in a few games as a freshman

Biggest influence in my life: My parents

Most important thing I’ve learned since coming to Vanderbilt: Time management is key

My advice to young people is: Never hesitate to try something new


 

 

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