PISCATAWAY, NJ – Five high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play field hockey at Rutgers University beginning next fall, head coach Liz Tchou announced today.
The group includes midfielder/back Corinne Bach (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown HS), midfielder Jessica Roos (Mickleton, NJ/Kingsway HS), midfielder Catherine Badolato (Berlin, NJ/Eastern HS), back/midfielder Katie Murphy (Medford, NJ/Shawnee HS) and back Jocey Mattina (Bethlehem, PA/Moravian Academy).
“As a program, we are looking for kids with an outstanding work ethic and passion for Rutgers,” said Tchou. “All of these kids fit that mold. They will all improve exponentially over the next four years and are the type of players who can fit well into our program quickly. As well as being outstanding athletes, they are also fantastic students, and will make meaningful contributions to the Rutgers community. We’re thrilled to have them.”
Bach, who hails from the same high school as senior midfielder Megan Cech, was a three-year starter for one of the state’s premier scholastic programs. She was named second team All-State by the Associated Press after leading Moorestown to an unbeaten regular season.
“Corinne comes from an outstanding high school program and will be a solid defender for us,” said Tchou. “She’s a great kid to be around and will bring a positive energy and enthusiasm to our program from the day she arrives.”
Roos was a first-team All State selection by The Star Ledger this fall and is the first player ever from Kingsway to sign with a Division I program. She also earned Player of the Year honors from the Gloucester County Times as well as All-Group III and South Jersey honors from the Courier Post. Against Eastern Regional on Oct. 12, she scored the game-tying goal with 5:43 to play to end Eastern’s 92-game winning streak. Roos had 20 goals and 19 assists as a senior. Academically, she is ranked sixth in her class of 332 students and was listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
“Jess is a very reliable, aggressive player,” said Tchou. “She is well-respected throughout the state and has a great knowledge for the game. Her leadership skills are tremendous, and I think she has a chance to help us right away.”
Badolato was a starter and team captain for Eastern Regional High School, and has the distinction of playing her entire high school career without losing a game. Eastern is currently on a 114-game unbeaten streak and has won five straight Group IV state titles. Badolato was a first-team all-conference and all-area pick as a midfielder this fall.
“Catherine has all the tools to be an outstanding college player,” said Tchou. “She has been well-coached her entire career, and understands the game at a high level. Over the past four years, she played in many big games for the dominate program in New Jersey. She adds a lot of versatility to our lineup.”
Murphy, who played at the same high school as senior midfielder Erica Hartwig, was a first team all-conference pick this fall and earned first team all-South Jersey honors from the Field Hockey Club of South Jersey. A two-year starter, Murphy played on the Central Jersey Group IV champions in 2002 and led Shawnee to the state playoffs as a senior. She also competed for Shawnee in track and field and is a member of the National Honor Society.
“Kate comes from an outstanding program with a long tradition of winning,” said Tchou. “She’s been on winning teams her whole life and understands what it takes to be successful. She will help us immediately in the back with her steady, consistent play.”
Mattina concluded an outstanding career at Moravian Academy this fall, earning first team All-Conference honors. She was also selected to the Easton Express Times and Allentown Morning Call All-Arena First Team as well as the Pennsylvania Coaches Association All-State First Team.
“We’re very excited to add Jocey,” said Tchou. “She is a skilled player who reads the game extremely well and will have a chance to have an impact right away. We feel she can be a outstanding defensive player at the collegiate level.”
Rutgers fashioned the biggest turnaround in the BIG EAST this fall, improving from 3-16 in 2002 to 7-13 and a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals in 2003. The Scarlet Knights had two players earn All-BIG EAST honors and will return three starters next year.