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Introducing the Freshmen

Sept. 19, 2017

DENVER—Classes at the University of Denver started on Sept. 11, and of the approximately 1,500 incoming freshmen who attended their first college classes, nine were women’s lacrosse players.

Before they take the field for the first time as Pioneers, get to know the class of 2021.


Beatrice (Bea) Behrins
(midfield) is no stranger to DU, as her sister, Elizabeth, is currently a junior on the Denver lacrosse team.  From Basking Ridge, N.J., Behrins attended Ridge High School, where she was named to the all-county team after a successful junior year where she finished with 75 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers. She also played varsity field hockey, where she served as a captain her senior year and earned all-county first team honors. Her most memorable lacrosse moment was winning the state championship as a freshman.  In high school she was involved in the Matheny Club, and when she’s not playing lacrosse, she enjoys playing field hockey and skiing.  She chose to attend DU because of the amazing opportunities that the school provides and is excited about being able to play at the next level of lacrosse, while also receiving an amazing education.  Besides Elizabeth, Behrins has two other sisters named Alexandra and Abigail.


Amelia Cole
(goalkeeper) joins the Pioneers from Alexandria, Va., where she attended Bishop Ireton High School.  Cole was named to the 2016 and 2017 US Lacrosse All-American Team while leading the Cardinals to the 2014, 2015 and 2017 VISAA State Championships and the 2014, 2016 and 2017 WCAC Conference Championships. She was also named an Under Armour All-American in 2015. Cole earned Washington Post All-Metro Second Team honors in 2016 and 2017, WCAC First Team All-Conference honors in 2016 and 2017, as well as VISAA First Team All-State honors in 2017. She chose Denver because the hospitality school is rated one of the best in the country, and playing lacrosse for the Pioneers is also rated one of the best. Cole is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is most looking forward to meeting people from around the world while at DU. Her parents are Grant and Susan, and she has one sister named Olivia. Cole intends to major in hospitality and minor in business.
 


Alex Di Chiara
(attack) comes to Denver from Seaford, N.Y., where she attended Plainedge High School. She was named to the Newsday Top 100 Lacrosse Players list four times with a career total of 150 goals and 120 assists. Di Chiara was twice named to the all-county team, and once to the Long Island Metro team. She also got a nod on the Under Armour Uncommitted Team and was named three-time Best Offensive Player at Plainedge, topping off her career with a 2015 National Championship.   She also played basketball and soccer for three years, earning the status of captain for two years in soccer and one in basketball. Di Chiara was named Female Athlete of the Year and won the Scholar Athlete and Presidential Academic Awards her senior year, after making the Honor Roll all four years. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, and the Math, English and Science Honor Societies. She chose Denver because of its excellent academic reputation and competitive lacrosse program. Her parents are Anna and Anthony, and she has one sister named Regina. Di Chiara intends to major in business, with the goal of one day getting her MBA.


Leanne Duncan
(midfield) is another east coast student-athlete, having come to Denver from West Friendship, Md. Duncan played varsity lacrosse at Glenelg High School, and won the 2016 and 2017 Regional and State Championship. Her most memorable lacrosse moment to date was winning her second state championship. Duncan was also named to the 2014 Inside Lacrosse: Players that Impressed list, along with earning a spot on the 2014 Elite 120 list. In high school, she was involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and the French Club.  Her hobbies include coaching youth lacrosse programs, serving as a camp counselor, playing basketball, skiing and boating. Duncan chose the University of Denver because of its perfect fit with its location, atmosphere and outstanding lacrosse program. She is most looking forward to playing for a highly-competitive Division I program and being surrounded by the championship atmosphere at DU. The daughter of Laurie and Jim, she has one brother named Kyle. Duncan intends to major in business marketing.


 
Quintin Hoch-Bullen (midfield) hails from Ontario, Canada, where she attended The Hill Academy.  She was a three-sport athlete in high school, earning team MVP honors in basketball (2014), volleyball (2014-16), and lacrosse (2015-16). She also earned the Defensive Award in 2017 in lacrosse.  In high school, she was named to the Honor Roll and travelled to Holland on an exchange with her school.  Most recently, she represented Canada at the World Cup in England, which she stated was her most memorable lacrosse moment to date.  In Canada, Hoch-Bullen played on the Orillia Lady King Lacrosse Club, was involved in the Orillia Lakers Minor Basketball Club, and volunteered with the Special Olympics and Relay for Life. She decided that DU was the place for her because she loved the campus, coaches and the overall atmosphere of the city.  Intending on majoring in business, DU provided everything that she was looking for in a lacrosse program and in academics. She hopes to one day be a real estate agent. The daughter of Cory and Terry, Hoch-Bullen has two siblings, Dexter and Amber.


Hannah Liddy (attack) joins Behrins from the state of New Jersey, a product of Westfield.  She chose the university because as she put it, “when I visited the campus for the first time, I got that feeling that everyone says you are supposed to get when you know where you belong.”  Although she is undecided on a major, Liddy is looking forward to the academic and athletic experiences and opportunities that DU provides, with the end goal of helping the team succeed and finding a career path that she is passionate about. She was a three-sport athlete at Westfield High School, playing four years of varsity soccer, two years of varsity basketball and was a four-year starter on the varsity lacrosse team. From her sophomore to her senior year, she led the team in goals, assists and points. Liddy finished with 109 goals and 58 assists in her distinguished career to make the all-county and all-state teams. When she is not playing lacrosse, Liddy enjoys snowboarding, playing the guitar and listening to music. Her most memorable non-lacrosse moment came when she traveled to Tanzania with the Global Leadership Adventures, due to the people she met, the culture she was exposed to and the life lessons it instilled upon her. Her parents are Alesia and Michael, and she has one brother named Henry.


Sammie Morton
(midfield) comes to the Mile High City from Eden Prairie, Minn., where she attended Eden Prairie High School. In high school, Morton won two Class AA Minnesota State Championships with the Eagles, and earned a spot on the US Lacrosse All-American team. A two-time selection to the All-Conference team, Morton was also named to the all-metro and all-state teams. Throughout her five years as a varsity starter on the lacrosse team, she scored 217 goals and had 66 assists for 283 points, winning three state championships and finishing runner-up once. She also played hockey, winning a state championship in 2016 and finishing third in 2014 and 2017, while serving as a team captain in 2017.  Like Liddy, Morton chose DU because of the feeling that she got when she stepped on campus, she loved the atmosphere, and the competitive lacrosse program. Outside of playing lacrosse, Morton recently started creating jewelry and has spent time volunteering at a memory care facility. The daughter of Chris and Mike and sister of John, Morton intends to major in business and one day hopes to become a nurse.


Eliza Radochonski
(attack) is from just down the road in Englewood, Colo., and as a result is already familiar with the campus.  Intending on majoring in business, Radochonski was drawn to DU by the competitive lacrosse team and the atmosphere of the campus, having spent time on the campus previously as a member of the Denver Summit club team.  In high school, she made high honors all four years, given to students with a GPA over 3.75.  She played varsity lacrosse as well as varsity field hockey at Cherry Creek High School, earning several first team all-conference and all-state honors.  In 2016 and 2017, she was named an Under Armour All-American in lacrosse after totaling 96 goals and 64 assists in the last two years for the Bruins. She was also named the 2015 Centennial League Player of the Year and started her high school career as the only freshman on the varsity roster.  When she’s not competing, Radochonski enjoys skiing and going to the beach. Her parents are Carey and Brad, and she has a twin brother named Reed.

 


Caroline Wiseman
(midfield) joins the Pioneers from Alexandria, Va., where she attended St. Stephens and St. Agnes School.  She led the Saints to a VISAA State Championship and ISL League Championship in addition to earning a VISAA First Team All-State nod and an ISL First Team All-Conference award after 45 goals and 19 assists as a junior. She was named a captain of the lacrosse team her senior year, when she again earned VISAA First Team All-State. Additionally, she was named to the Vail Lacrosse Shootout All-Tournament Team as a member of Capital Lacrosse and made the 2015 Nike Ride Team and US Lacrosse National DC Metro 2 Team. Wiseman was involved in Martha’s Table, Winners Lacrosse and the Chesapeake Bay clean up, all while making the Dean’s List her last three years. Along with lacrosse, Wiseman played two years of varsity field hockey and was on the varsity track team for two years.  She chose to attend the University of Denver because of the great academics, successful lacrosse program and the beautiful campus and surroundings.  Her hobbies include hiking and water sports. The daughter of Julie and Todd, Wiseman has two brothers named Connor and Drew, and a sister named Katie. She intends to major in business during her time at DU.

The freshmen will don the Crimson and Gold for the first time when they take the field at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium Oct. 7 against Regis University to begin the fall schedule.

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