“I am very excited about this class of student-athletes,” said Brand of her first recruiting class at Rutgers. “They are an outstanding group who we expect to make an immediate impact on the program both on and off the field. We are acquiring a wealth of experience and athletic ability along with some of the greatest midfield speed that this program has seen. The strong in-state representation is something that we are very proud of and we hope that this starts a new trend for Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. The entire class will add a great deal to what we are looking to achieve.”
Cymore joins the Scarlet Knights from Nyack High School, which made it to the New York State Championship game in 2000 and 2001. Last season, she was all-county, all-section first team and an honorable mention All-American. As a junior last season, she was the team captain and MVP, amassing 78 career goals and 63 career assists. A member of the Empire State Team in 2001, Cymore played club lacrosse with Metro Lacrosse and was selected to the Elite Team. She also was a letterwinner in field hockey as a freshman and sophomore. Cymore’s tie to Rutgers go further back than her letter of intent – her father, Jim, is a Rutgers graduate.
“Amanda is an extremely unselfish player who is able to create significant offensive plays for herself and her teammates,” said Brand. “She has a great amount of experience as her team’s offensive quarterback and we are looking forward to drawing on that skill. Amanda’s strengths on the field and in the classroom will bring a great deal to our program. Being the daughter of a Rutgers Alumnus, Amanda also brings a love for the school’s ideals and traditions.”
Both products of South Jersey, Farewell and Marchitello will continue as teammates in college. Farewell, a team captain in 2003, was a first-team all-county selection in 2002 and a second-team pick the previous year. An attacker, she also has been named to the all-conference and all-South Jersey teams and was named the Courier Post’s Player of the Week in 2002. As a junior, she scored 49 goals to rank third on the team in scoring behind Marchitello. A standout on Shawnee’s soccer team, Farewell was named an Olympic American Conference All-Star and is a four-year letterwinner in soccer.
“Jamie possesses speed and quickness that is difficult to match, said Brand. “Her athleticism along with her drive to win is going to be a big asset to our midfield transition.”
Marchitello finished her junior season second on the Shawnee team in scoring with 59 goals. She’s been honored on the field as an honorable mention All-American as well as a first-team all-conference pick, earning spots on the All-South Jersey and All-Burlington County teams. Aside from lacrosse, Marchitello lettered in soccer four years and basketball three years and is an Honor Roll student.
“Annie is a talented and intense player who has a knack for finding the net,” Brand said. “Her ability to handle pressure will prove to be a great addition to our style of play. We expect Annie to achieve many great things during her time in the program. We are thrilled to have Jamie and Annie in the program for next year. They are products of a winning high school program and will greatly contribute to what we are looking to accomplish. They have proven their ability to work well together and this teamwork will lend a great deal to our team. ”
A midfielder, Soden has been a varsity lacrosse player for St. John Vianney since her freshman season. She helped lead SJV to the division championship in 2000 and 2001 and was the team’s leading scorer in 2002. Like her future classmates, Soden was a standout on the soccer team for SJV, earning all-division status in 2001 after leading the Shore Conference in assists. During her time, SJV’s soccer team won the Parochial A state championship (2000) and Shore Conference championship (2000) and was a finalist in both tournaments in 2001. She played one season with the Metro Lacrosse club team, and was selected to the L3 All-Star Team in 2002 while playing for her current club, Tri-State Lacrosse.
“Sarah is a wonderful addition to the program,” said Brand. “We expect her to make a truly significant impact. Her stick skills and speed are outstanding and she is always willing to take the next step. She has excelled in multiple sports and we know her versatility will assist us in our program goals.”
Rounding out the group is a defensive midfielder in Waszmer. In 2003, she will serve as the team’s captain in her fourth year as a varsity starter. Last season, she had 15 goals and 13 assists, earning her all-elite, all-league and all-section honors. A member of the bronze-medal Hudson Valley Empire State Team, Waszmer also was one of Mahopac’s top field hockey players. In 2002, as the team’s leading scorer, she was named to the all-league team. As a junior, she helped Mahopac to the sectional title as well as the state crown. Involved with USFHA Futures, Waszmer was selected to the Exceptional Seniors Game after her four-year involvement. With her club team, Metro Lacrosse, she took part in the All-Star Express Tournament and National Draw Tournament.
“Alison is a very versatile player who will lend a great deal to both our offense and defense,” said Brand. “Her patience and discipline along with her outstanding game sense will help fill some of the program’s needs. We expect to see a lot of great things from Alison in the future.”
Rutgers returns 19 letterwinners and 10 starters from the 2002 team that finished 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST. The 2003 Scarlet Knights will open the season on Saturday, March 1, at Virginia Tech beginning at 2 p.m. RU and first-year head coach Laura Brand will make their season debut at home on Tuesday, March 11, when they host Delaware at 3:30 p.m.