PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s lacrosse head coach Laura Brand announced the signing of seven standout scholastic student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday, Dec. 14. All seven will enroll at Rutgers in the fall of 2005 and will compete with the Scarlet Knights in the spring of 2006.
The list includes four standouts from the talent-rich state of Maryland, attackers Kathryn Lawrence (Pylesville, MD), Jackie Lerner (Lutherville, MD) and Kathryn Seidman (Baltimore, MD) and defender Andrea Potter (Pylesville, MD). Rachel Doan (Dublin, OH), a defender from Ohio, and attackers Mallory Tornetta (Kimberton, PA) and Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, NJ) round out the stellar class.
“I am very excited about this year’s class,” said Brand. “Their talent and drive on the field and in the classroom will help meet our program’s immediate and long-term goals. They will prove to be a direct factor in our success and significantly boost this program’s standing. I expect an immediate and noteworthy impact from each member and I am excited to watch them grow the next four years.”
Doan has played on the varsity team the last three seasons at Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, OH. She is a talented defender who enters her senior season with the Irish as one of the most highly-regarded defenders in the Ohio Capital Conference. Doan, 5-7, played her club ball with XTeam out of New York, NY. She has competed two years with the group, earning second team all-Galaxy accolades in 2003.
Frankoski is coming off a standout season, posting 58 goals and 18 assists, earning honorable mention All-America honors last spring. She was also a first team all-county selection for the third year in a row and a first team all-Iron Hills Conference pick for the second consecutive season, leading Columbia High School to an 11-5 record in 2004. She took home the best attacker and top goal scorer trophy in all three of her seasons with the Cougars. Frankoski enters her senior season with 154 career goals and 45 career assists. The Cougars have improved in each of her three seasons, finishing 6-11 in 2002, 9-8 in 2003 and 11-5 last season. She was a second team all-state selection last season. Frankoski also competes with the Steps Elite Lacrosse club team, where she led the group to top-3 showings in several tournaments the past three years and has participated in national tournaments the past two years.
Lawrence is a two-time All-Harford County selection, earning first team honors as a junior last season. She scored 38 goals and added 31 assists combined the past two seasons, while totaling 120 ground balls during that span. Lawrence is a three-year member of the Honor Roll and owns a 3.4 cumulative GPA entering her senior year. The Hawks finished second in the county and the region the past two seasons. She played on the North Eastern Maryland club team for four seasons, scoring 11 goals, adding 10 assists and 11 draw controls.
Lerner has excelled as an attacker for McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, the past three seasons. She has gained national recognition, participating in the National School Girls Tournament as a sophomore and a junior. Lerner was a member of the Mid-Atlantic 6 team as a sophomore, while participating on the Mid-Atlantic 4 team last season. She played on the M&D Lax Black club team the past eight seasons, winning the Galaxy National Championship in 2003 and 2004. Her group also took home the title at the Vail Shootout and the Disney Laxpower Games and winning the National Draw Championship. Lerner was also a member of the varsity swimming and soccer team, at McDonogh.
Potter, who played with Lawrence at North Harford High School, is a three-year varsity starter who led her team to an undefeated 12-0-1 season as a freshman. She finished with 43 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers, while scoring a goal and adding four assists last season. North Harford won 14 games last season, ending the year second in the county while advancing to the Regional finals. Potter also played soccer, field hockey and basketball for the Hawks. She enters her final academic year with a 3.9 GPA, ranking 14th out of 319 people in her senior class. She earned the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award last season. Potter played with the North Eastern Maryland club team for four seasons, placing second at the St. Falls Classic, the Downingtown Tournament and the National Draw throughout her career.
Seidman, who plays both midfield and attack at Pikesville High School, is a two-time all-division and all-county pick. She was named the Panthers’ MVP as a freshman, scoring 75 points (55 goals, 20 assists), guiding the Panthers to a 12-3 record and a division title. She registered 50 points (38 goals, 12 assists as a sophomore during the Panthers’ 7-2 season in 2003. Seidman, who was sidelined her entire junior season with a knee injury, is a three-time member of the schools Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society as a sophomore and a junior. She played four seasons with the ROME club team in Baltimore, MD.
Tornetta was selected as a first team All-American last season, breaking the school’s assist record. She is a three-time all-conference selection, earning second team all-Pioneer Athletic Conference honors as a freshman and First Team Southern Chester County League (SCCL) honors the past two seasons. She has led the Patriots to conference titles in each of her first three seasons. Her freshman squad won the district and state championship, finishing 19-1-2. The Patriots were district and state semifinalists in 2003, finishing second last season. Tornetta was named the Player of the Year and a first team all-area selection by The Daily Local News. She tallied 90 points as a freshman (42 goals, 48 assists), breaking the century mark as a sophomore with 102 points (54 goals, 48 assists), also causing 37 turnovers. She won the Iron Man Award all three of her seasons, winning the school’s overall award as a junior. She is also a three-year member of the Upper Atlantic Region Team. She played her club ball with SEPA for four seasons. Tornetta also played field hockey at Great Valley High School, earning first team all-SCCL laurels as a defender this past fall.
Rutgers opens its 2005 season with consecutive home games against Hofstra on Feb. 26 and Delaware on March 5. Both contests are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the Rutgers Stadium Complex.