PISCATAWAY, NJ – Six Rutgers University incoming women’s lacrosse players were acknowledged as All-Americans last week. New Jersey natives Brooke Cantwell (Moorestown, NJ), Jessica Davis (Moorestown, NJ), Meghan Flanagan (Medford, NJ), Erika Page (Moorestown, NJ) and Emily Penn (Medford, NJ) were all named to the All-America First Team, while Karie McGuire (Monrovia, MD) garnered All-American Honorable Mention.
Cantwell, Davis and Penn each completed their respective storied high school careers with Player of the Year awards. Cantwell was named South Jersey’s Offensive Player of the Year, Davis was South Jersey’s Midfielder of the Year and Penn earned South Jersey’s Defensive Player of the Year honor.
Cantwell capped off her career at Moorestown High School with a senior season in which she led her team with 76 goals, 28 assists and 75 ground balls collected and as a result, she was named the Burlington County Times, Courier Post and Star-Ledger Player of the Year. As a teammate of Cantwell’s, Davis anchored the Moorestown midfield by tallying 30 legal checks while picking up 105 groundballs. In addition to her First Team All-America selection, she was also named to the First Team All-Burlington County and the First Team All-South Jersey.
Penn is the third of three incoming freshmen who were honored as Players of the Year in South Jersey. Known as one of New Jersey’s toughest pure defenders, Penn was Shawnee High School’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2006 as she collected 60 ground balls, dished out 38 legal checks and caused 76 turnovers.
Page and Flanagan round out the New Jersey contingency which earned First Team All-America accolades. As a standout goalie and captain at Moorestown High School, Page finished her senior season with a save percentage of 65% and was honored with the Paul Isenberg Award, awarded annually to the male/female athlete who, in addition to his or her athletic ability, demonstrated leadership on the field of play. In addition, she was named to the All-South Jersey and Burlington County Scholastic League First Teams.
Flanagan closed out her highly-decorated high school career with a senior season in which she tallied 64 goals and her 65 assists helped her finish her career at Shawnee High School as the program’s all-time assists leader. For her efforts in 2006, she was recognized with All-South Jersey, All-Burlington County and All-Olympic Conference selections.
McGuire rounds out the incoming Rutgers women’s lacrosse All-America representatives as she earned All-America Honorable Mention status after being the Most Valuable Player during her senior season at Urbana High School. McGuire’s 44 groundballs and 20 caused-turnovers led her team and in addition to being an Academic All-American, she was named to the Monocacy Valley Athletic League First Team and honored as the Frederick County Co-Player of the Year.
Maggie Pierce (Severn, MD) and Mary Cryan (Newtown Square, PA) also finished their respective high school careers in impressive fashion.
Pierce, a 5-7 midfielder/defender, comes to RU by way of the Severn School in Maryland where she led the Admirals to an IAAMA Conference second-place finish during both her junior and senior seasons. In addition to her interscholastic athletic accomplishments, Pierce was a member of the Johns Hopkins/Loyola Elite 300 All-Star Team in 2004 and she was the Most Valuable Player at the Elite Lacrosse Camp in 2005.
Cryan led her Radnor High School team in both goals with 51 and assists with 53 during her final season. She was honored with the Genaurdi Award, given annually to the outstanding female athlete at Radnor High School and she was also recognized with the Sally Wilson Award for outstanding play on the lacrosse field. To cap off her remarkable career, Cryan was named to the All-Central League, All-Delaware County and All-Main Line Life First Teams.