PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers women’s lacrosse head coach Laura Brand announced the signings of four scholastic student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.
Goalies Katherine Parker (Sykesville, MD) and Sandy Abel (Monrovia, MD) and midfielder Anna Borowiecki (Hunt Valley, MD) from Maryland, along with New Jersey standout midfielder Michelle Poole (Hackettstown, NJ), will each enroll at Rutgers University and play for the Scarlet Knights beginning in the fall.
The four join attackers Nina Frankoski (Maplewood, NJ), Jackie Lerner (Lutherville, MD) and Mallory Tornetta (Kimberton, PA), midfielders Kathryn Lawrence (Pylesville, MD) and Kathryn Seidman (Baltimore, MD) and defenders Rachel Doan (Dublin, OH) and Andrea Potter (Pylesville, MD), who signed National Letters of Intent with the Scarlet Knights last fall, completing Rutgers’ 11-member recruiting class.
“I am thrilled that we were able to achieve so much through our recruiting efforts this year,” said Brand.
“We have filled holes in the program as well as significantly boosting our overall athletic and academic base. This class will contribute volumes to the progress of this program on and off the field.”
After serving on the attack during her freshman season at Urbana High School in Monrovia, MD, Abel made the smooth transition into the Hawks’ goal, where she has competed the past three seasons. She entered her senior season as a two-time First-Team All-County selection, earning Second Team All-Monocacy Valley Athletic League honors as a junior. After ending her freshman season with five goals and three assists, Abel has spent the past three seasons preventing goals, with great success. She faced 203 shots, tallying 107 saves for a .530 save-percentage as a sophomore. She owned a 6.8 goals-against average during her first season as the Hawk’s starting goalie. The two-year captain improved on each of her numbers as a junior, lowering her goals-against average to 4.8 and increasing her save-percentage to .600, stopping 117 of the 195 shots she faced. Urbana’s record has improved each season during her tenure, going 9-5 as a freshman to 10-4 as a sophomore and 13-3 as a junior, while the Hawks have won three County titles and have finished second in the region each of her first three seasons, while winning the conference title last spring. Abel is also a standout in the classroom, earning US Lacrosse Academic All-America honors as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a three-time recipient of Urbana’s Minds In Motion Award, given to individuals with a 3.25 GPA or better. Abel played her club lacrosse with the Frederick Stars Elite, winning Second Team laurels in her conference as a junior. Abel also lettered two years in field hockey where she was a two-time All-County selection, earning All-Conference Honorable Mention honors as a team captain last fall.
Parker has been a four-year starter in goal for Seton Keough High School in Sykesville, MD. She has saved better than 50 percent of her shots in each of her first three seasons. She finished her freshman season as the top-ranked area goalie by the Baltimore Sun after posting 123 saves and a .550 save-percentage. Parker is a standout in the classroom as well, with a 3.8 GPA in honors courses through her junior year. Parker was named the Gators’ team captain for this season. She was selected as a National Merit Scholar in Art, while being inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior, where she served as the Vice President for her school. Parker played her club ball with the Hero’s 05 in Baltimore. She is in her third season with the club, which won the Charm City Championship in 2002 and 2003.
Poole finished her junior season sixth on the West Morris Central High School career goals list with 105 and 12th on the school’s career assists chart with 37 after totaling 62 goals and 22 assists as a junior last spring. She also had 61 ground balls to earn First-Team All-Conference, All-County and All-Area honors. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, winning the award for most ground balls on the team for the second-straight season. Poole registered 35 goals, 12 assists and 62 ground balls, earning Second-Team All-Conference accolades as a sophomore. She also contributed several goals to an 18-4 2002 Highlander team that won the Morris County title and finished as a semi-finalist in the state sectional tournament. Poole’s freshman team was recognized as the Daily Record Team of the Year in 2002. Poole plays her club ball with the STEPS Elite squad, along with fellow RU recruit Frankoski. The team won the Lax By the Sea championship last summer. West Morris Central is ranked seventh in the state with a 13-2 record this season through the first week of May.
Borowiecki is in her fourth season on the varsity team at Dulaney High School in Timonium, MD. She totaled 51 goals, 23 assists and 67 ground balls through her first three seasons. Borowiecki scored 37 goals, adding 14 assists and 24 ground balls as a junior last spring. She was named to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Team, while earning a spot on the Baltimore County All-Academic Team for the third-straight season in 2004. Borowiecki scored nine goals with five assists and 26 ground balls as a sophomore, earning the team’s Most Versatile Player award. She has led Dulaney to the Baltimore Country Public School Championship thus far this season. Borowiecki was also named to the High School Tewaaraton Trophy watch list, recognizing the top player in the nation, earlier this season. The Lions have won the Regional 4A/3A Championships during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Borowiecki, who was born in San Jose, CA, before moving east, plays on the ROME club team in Baltimore.