PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers University women’s lacrosse program has received six national letters of intent from top players from both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Scarlet Knight head coach Laura Brand announced Thursday. Highlighting the group are three starters from the six-time defending state champion Moorestown High School Quakers and two captains of the Shawnee High School Renegades.
“I am thrilled with what we were able to achieve with this class,” Brand said. “Not only do we have a great mix of talent and athleticism all over the field, but we have an elite representation of what New Jersey and Pennsylvania have to offer. This class represents three championship programs and the best in the Upper Atlantic region. I am proud to add to the tradition of keeping in state talent at home and I am confident that their addition will benefit our program immediately.”
Joining the Scarlet Knights in the fall of 2006 are Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, PA), Erika Page (Moorestown, NJ), Emily Penn (Medford, NJ), Jessica Davis (Moorestown, NJ), Meghan Flanagan (Medford, NJ) and Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, NJ). Cantwell, Davis and Page all start on a Moorestown team that is ranked third in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine and fourth by Laxpower.com. Penn and Flanagan currently captain the Shawnee team, which is ranked second in New Jersey and 13th nationally by Laxpower.com.
Davis, a 5-1 midfielder, is a letterwinner in both lacrosse and soccer at Moorestown. She is a member of a Moorestown women’s lacrosse team that has one six-consecutive state titles, and Davis has contibuted to her teams’s 45-2 overall record by registering 34 goals, 12 assists, 12 steals, 138 ground balls and 36 legal checks over just two seasons. For her efforts last season, Davis was named to the All-Burlington County First team and the All-South Jersey Second team.
Page, a 5-5 goalie, is a teammate of Davis and is an intricate part of the defense of the six-time defending state champion Quakers. With a 3.91 goals-against average during her junior season and 98 season saves, Page was named to the All-South Jersey and Upper-Atlantic 1st teams and was the All-South Jersey Goalkeeper of the year in 2005.
Cantwell, a teammate of Page and Davis, led the Quakers in scoring during her junior season, tallying 55 goals, giving her 96 for her career. She scored two goals against Mt. Hebron, the No. 1 team in the country and is considered one of the most skilled attackers in New Jersey.
Cryan, a 5-4 midfielder, comes to RU from Radnor, PA, where she plays for the Raiders of Radnor High School. She has 60 career goals over three years and has a career record of 60-7 including a state runner-up showing in 2005 and a semifinal showing in 2004. Cryan played for the First team Upper-Atlantic and was named to the First team All-Central League.
A 5’6’’ offensive force, Flanagan has started two of her three years as a member of the Renegades and has compiled multiple impressive accolades. Over three years, Flanagan has tallied 95 goals and 111 assists for 206 total points on a team that has a combined record of 56-8-2 during that time. For her efforts during the 2005 season, Flanagan was named to the All-South Jersey, All-Burlington County, All-Olympic Conference and All-Group-A first teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and a three-time honor roll member at Shawnee.
At 5-6, Penn has made a name for herself as one New Jersey’s toughest pure defenders. She will come to Rutgers next fall after completing her scholastic career for the Renegades of Shawnee High School. Her defensive statistics speak for themselves. In just three seasons, Penn has 189 turnovers gained, 124 ground-balls gained and 16 legal checks. For her efforts last season, Penn was recognized on the All-South Jersey, All-Burlington county First teams and she was also named to the Second Team All-America and Second Team All-State.
The 2006 women’s lacrosse team boasts a youthful roster that will once again take on a very challenging schedule, opening its season against the defending national champion Wildcats of Northwestern on Feb. 26, 2006. With Loyola joining an already competitive BIG EAST Conference, the Scarlet Knights will keep up their trend of facing the toughest competition annually.