Lacrosse welcomes seven newcomers – Columbia University Athletics

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NEW YORK — Columbia Lacrosse Head Coach, Anne Murray, announced Monday the enrollment of seven first-year Lions into its program. The Class of 2026 consists of four USA Lacrosse All-Americans, two state champions and seven all-region/conference honorees.

“We are thrilled to have the Class of 2026 on campus,” Murray noted. “These Lions come to us from 7 different states with a wide range of championship experiences. Their passion, energy and character will drive us forward. Welcome home Lions!”

Rija Batra (M) | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan | Cranbrook Kingswood
BEFORE COLOMBIA: USA Lacrosse All-American (2022, 2021)…Under Armor All-American (2021, 2019, 2018)…Under Armor 150 Selection (2020, 2019)…First Team All-State (2022)…Second Team All-State (2021 )…All-Catholic League (2022, 2021, 2019)…2022 Detroit Free Press/USA Today Statewide Lacrosse Honoree…Catholic League Champions (2021)…Regional Champions (2021)…Catholic League Runner-Ups (2022, 2019)…State Runner-Up the Championship (2021)…Team Captain 2022…MVP 2022…Leading Michigan State in Ground Balls (130, 2022)…Also competed in Volleyball.
PERSONALLY: Born February 2004…Parents to Amit and Rina…Has one brother, Abhi…Uncle graduated from Harvard in 1998…USA Lacrosse Academic All-American (2022, 2021)…Catholic League All-American (2022)…Graduated Cum Laude … Dean’s List award winners…Winner of the Strickland Writing Award in English (2022)…Enrolled at Columbia College…Intending to major in history.

Cordelia Flemming (M) | Edina, Minnesota | Edina High School
BEFORE COLOMBIA: US Lacrosse All-American (2022, 2021)…All-State (2022, 2021)…All-Conference (2022, 2021, 2019)…All-Section (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019)…2022 Minnesota Ms. Lacrosse Finalist … Lake Conference Champions (2022, 2021) … contributed to a perfect 13-0 season (2021) … two-time team captain (2022, 201) … 2018 Rookie of the Year … also played basketball.
PERSONALLY: Born November 2003…Parents are Sue and Scott…Mother attended Harvard for grad school…Father attended Brown for elementary school…Has additional family ties to league rivals Penn, Harvard…Has two siblings, Lucas and Olivia…Brother plays baseball at Middlebury…AP Scholar with Distinction…US Lacrosse Academic All-American…US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts Community Service Awardee…Minnesota Elite Donovan Leadership Award Winner…Plays trumpet…Enrolled at Columbia College.

Serena Hong (M) | Bethesda, Md. | Holton Arms
BEFORE COLOMBIA: US Lacrosse All-American (2022)…two-time team captain (2022, 2021)…two-time Most Valuable Player (2022, 2021)…Cassie Johnson Athletic Award winner (2022)…also played field hockey.
PERSONALLY: Born March 2004… Daughter of Jessica and Austin Shaw… Father graduated from Columbia Business School in 1999… Sister Stephanie plays with Ivy League rival Harvard… Uncle attended University of Pennsylvania… US Lacrosse Academic All-American (2021)… Graduated Cum Laude… Departmental Ceramics Awardee (2022)… Enrolled at Columbia College… Intending to major in Finance.

Annalisa Massaro (A) | Manhasset, New York | Manhasset High School
BEFORE COLOMBIA: New York State Champions (2022)…Long Island Champions (2022)…Nassau County Champions (2022, 2021)…Team Captain (2022)…All Nassau-County Honorable Mention (2022, 2021)…Newsday Long Island Top Lacrosse Player awardee ( 2022)…Under Armor 150…Selected for WPLL Futures National Championship Summit…Also played volleyball, track skated.
PERSONALLY: Born April 2004…Parents are Rosanna and Carlo…Has a twin brother, Giancarlo…Has a younger brother, Marco…Academic All-American…English Honors Society…Italian Honors Society.. .Social Studies Honors Society… Science Honors Society… AP Scholar… High Honors Roll… Received High Honors in Italian, PE… Awarded Unsung Hero of the Manhasset Booster Club… Enrolled at Columbia College .

Cecilia Messner (M) | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Underbelly Academy
BEFORE COLOMBIA: US Lacrosse All-American…All-WPIAL First Team (2022, 2021)…WPIAL Regional Champions (2022, 2021, 2019)…Sectional Champions (2022, 2021, 2019)…Two-time Team Captain (2022, 201)…Shady Winner of Side Academy Dartmouth Award… Winner of the Northern Area Athletic Directors Association Tri-Athlete Award… Also played field hockey, ice hockey and basketball… Earned 12 college honors.
PERSONALLY: Born May 2004… Daughter of Lauren and Michael… Father played hockey at Penn State… Has one sibling, Grayson… Associate in the Arts Department (2022, 2021, 20120)… Enrolled at Columbia College.

Emma Neclerio (GK) | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Cardinal Gibbons High School
BEFORE COLOMBIA: First Team All-District (2022, 2019)…First Team All-County (2022)…Second Team All-District (2021)…Second Team All-County (2021, 2019)…Two-time Team Captain (2022, 2021)…Member of the senior Florida Select Lacrosse (2022).
PERSONALLY: Born May 2004…Parents are Michele and Tom…Brother is Andrew…Placed in Top Ten Class of 2019-2022…Senior Board Member, Mu Alpha Theta…Science National Honor Society Vice President (2022)…Science National Honor Society (2021 , 2020) …a European History Honoree from AP (2020)…Winner of multiple Science Olympiad awards…Enrolled at Columbia College…Aims to major in Architecture.

Alison Surace (M) | Princeton, NJ | Princeton Day School
BEFORE COLOMBIA: New Jersey Prep B State Champions (2022)…NJSIAA Non-Public B State Champions (2022)…Team Captain (2022)…PDS Varsity Spring Athlete of the Season (2022)…PDS Best Female Athlete (2022)…Trentonian Midfielder of the Year (2022, 201) … First Team All-Prep (2022, 2021) … Trenton Times First Team All-Area (2022, 2021) … Trenton Times All-Prep (2022, 2021) … Trentonian All-Prep (2019) … Team Most Valuable Player (2022)… also played football and basketball.
PERSONALLY: Born August 2003… Parents are Lisa (Princeton ’92) and Bob (Princeton ’90)… Father is Head Coach of Princeton University Football… Mother played football at Princeton, Father played football… Cousin Jonathan attended Columbia ’11CC… Has one sibling , AJ…NHSCA Academic All-American…Graduated Cum Laude…Gold Service Award (over 100 hours; 2022, 2021)…Enrolled at Columbia College.

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