Lacrosse welcomes seven newcomers – Columbia University Athletics

NEW YORK — Columbia Lacrosse Head Coach, Anne Murray, announced Monday the addition of seven first-year Lions to its program. The Class of 2026 includes four United States Lacrosse All-Americans, two state champions and seven all-region/conference winners.

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

Ria Batra (M) | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan | Cranbrook Kingswood
BEFORE COLUMBIA: 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 Finalist (2022, 2019 )…State Championship runner-up (2021)…Team captain 2022…MVP 2022…Lead Michigan State in ground balls (130, 2022)…Also participated in volleyball.
PERSONAL: Born in February 2004…Parents are 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 Winner…Winner of Strickland Writing Award in English (2022)…Enrolled at Columbia College…Intends to major in History.

Cordelia Flemming (M) | Edina, Minnesota | Edina High School
BEFORE COLUMBIA: 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)…Helped a perfect 13-0 season (2021)…Two-time team captain (2022, 201)…2018 Rookie of the Year…Also played basketball .
PERSONAL: Born November 2003…Parents are Sue and Scott…Mother attended Harvard for graduate school…Father attended Brown for undergraduate school…Has additional family ties to league rivals Penn, Harvard…A two siblings, Lucas and Olivia…His brother plays baseball at Middlebury…AP Scholar with Distinction…US Lacrosse Academic All-American…US Lacrosse Jackie Pitts Awardee for Community Service…Winner of Minnesota Elite Donovan Leadership Award…Plays trumpet… Attended Columbia College.

Serena Hong (M) | Bethesda, Maryland | Holton Arms
BEFORE COLUMBIA: United States Lacrosse All-American (2022)…Twice team captain (2022, 2021)…Two-time Most Valuable Player (2022, 2021)…Winner Cassie Johnson Athletic Award (2022)…A also played field hockey.
PERSONAL: Born March 2004…Daughter of Jessica and Austin Shaw…Father graduated from Columbia Business School ’99…Sister, Stephanie, plays Ivy League rival Harvard…Uncle attended University of Pennsylvania…US Lacrosse Academic All-American (2021)…Graduated Cum Laude…Departmental Ceramics Award Winner (2022)…Enrolled in Columbia College…Intends to major in Financial Economics.

Annalisa Massaro (A) | Manhasset, NY | Manhasset High School
BEFORE COLUMBIA: New York State Champions (2022)…Long Island Champions (2022)…Nassau County Champions (2022, 2021)…Team Captain (2022)…Nassau All Counties Honorable Mention (2022, 2021)…Recipient of Newsday Long Island’s Most Outstanding Lacrosse Player Award (2022)…Under Armor 150…Selected to top WPLL Futures National Championship…Also played volleyball, ran track.
PERSONAL: 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 Honor Roll… Achieved High Honors in Italian, PE… Awarded Manhasset Booster Club Unsung Hero… Enrolled at Columbia College.

Cecilia Messner (M) | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Shady Side Academy
BEFORE COLUMBIA: US Lacrosse All-American… First Team All-WPIAL (2022, 2021)… WPIAL Regional Champions (2022, 2021, 2019)… Section Champions (2022, 2021, 2019)… Double Team Captain (2022, 201)… Shady Winner of Side Academy Dartmouth Award… Winner of Northern Area Athletic Directors Association Three Athlete Award… Also played field hockey, ice hockey and basketball… Earned 12 varsity letters.
PERSONAL: Born May 2004… Daughter of Lauren and Michael… Father played ice hockey at Penn State… Has one brother, Grayson… Associate of Arts Department (2022, 2021, 20120)… Attended Columbia College.

Emma Neclerio (GB) | Fort Lauderdale, Florida | 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)…Double Team Captain (2022, 2021 )…Member of the Best Florida Select Lacrosse (2022).
PERSONAL: Born May 2004…Parents are Michele and Tom…Brother is Andrew…Ranked top ten in class 2019-2022…Senior Board Member, Mu Alpha Theta…Vice President of Science National Honor Society (2022)…Science National Honor Society (2021, 2020)…AP European History Subject Winner (2020)…Winner of multiple Science Olympiad Awards…Enrolled at Columbia College…Intends to major in Architecture.

Alison Surace (M) | Princeton, New Jersey | Princeton Day School
BEFORE COLUMBIA: 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 Field 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 soccer and basketball.
PERSONAL: Born August 2003…Parents are Lisa (Princeton ’92) and Bob (Princeton ’90)…Father is Princeton University head football coach…Mom played football at Princeton, father played in football…Cousin, Jonathan, attended Columbia ’11CC…Has brother, AJ…NHSCA Academic All-American…Graduated Cum Laude…Gold Service Award (over 100 hours; 2022, 2021)…Enrolled at Columbia College.

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