PISCATAWAY, NJ – Eleven student-athletes will further their education at Rutgers University and play field hockey, head coach Liz Tchou has announced.
The group includes Carrie Grainger (Island Heights, NJ), Jennifer Powell (Pocomoke City, MD), Marielle Zibman (Princeton Junction, NJ), Rosalyn Wentko (Dallas, PA), Caitlin Browne (Middletown, NJ) and Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosch, The Netherlands). Those six student-athletes join Corinne Bach (Moorestown, NJ), Catherine Badolato (Berlin, NJ), Katie Murphy (Medford, NJ), Jessica Roos (Mickleton, NJ) and Jocelyn Mattina (Bethlehem, PA), who signed to play with the Scarlet Knights in February.
“I’m very excited about the overall quality of this class,” said Tchou. “As a program, we are looking for players who not only have a passion for field hockey, but can also excel in the classroom. All of these young women fit that mold. They will get a chance to have an immediate impact on the program and improve over the next four years.”
Island Heights, NJ/Central Regional HS
Grainger was a four-year starter at Central Regional High School, leading her team to three consecutive conference titles. As a senior, she had 28 goals and 10 assists and finished her career with 61 goals and 35 assists. Grainger is a four-time all conference choice, a two time All-Shore selection and a two-time All-State pick. She also competes in indoor track and lacrosse and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Pocomoke City, MD/Pocomoke HS
Powell was the captain of Pocomoke High School varsity squad where she earned First Team Bayside South honors as a senior. She was also selected to play in two prestigious all-star games – the Bayside All-Star game and the Maryland State High School Senior Game. Over her four-year varsity career, she earned all-conference honors four times and had 19 goals and 21 assists as a midfielder/defender. A scholar athlete, Powell was a member of the National Honors Society and also competed on the varsity softball team.
Bach, who comes from talent-laden Moorestown High School, 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.
Berlin, NJ/Eastern HS
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.
Bethlehem, PA/Moravian Academy
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.
Murphy 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.
Roos was a first-team All State selection by The Star Ledger last 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.
Princeton Junction, NJ/W. Windsor South
Zibman was a three-year starter at West Windsor-Plainsboro South where she earned All-CVC honors during both her junior and senior seasons. A two-year team captain, she was named to the Central Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association First Team twice in her career, and was voted West Windsor South’s Most Valuable Player. Zibman also played varsity lacrosse as the squad’s starting goalie and was a member of the Student Council and German Honors Society.
Wentko was named team Most Valuable Player after posting .889 save percentage and 1.80 goals-against average as a senior at Dallas High School. Wentko was named to the Wyoming Valley Conference All-Scholastic Team as a junior and senior. A three-year starter, Wentko was her squad’s most valuable defensive player as a sophomore and junior. She also competed in basketball, scoring over 1,000 points in her career while playing for Joe Noon, the father of former Scarlet Knight Jennifer Noon (2000-2003). Academically, Wentko is a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
Middletown, NJ/Middletown North
An all-conference and All-Monmouth County pick in 2003, Browne earned A-North Division honors as a sophomore, junior and senior and named to the Asbury Park Press honor roll the past two seasons. She was the team captain for field hockey and track as a senior, and holds two school records in indoor track (4x800 relay and 1600 meters). Browne is also as NJSIAA scholar athlete and was awarded the Monmouth County Sportsmanship award this year.
Kristin Van Rooij
A goalkeeper, Van Rooij has extensive international experience playing with the Hertogenbosch club team in Holland. She is a junior national champion who helped her team advance to the playoffs this season. Van Rooij has trained for three seasons with the squad, which has won seven national championships and four straight European national titles.