Temple Inks 13 in the Early Signing Period

PHILADELPHIA Sixth-year Temple lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen has signed 13 student-athletes to join the Owls starting in 2012-2013. The class includes two sets of sisters, another set of teammates, nine players from Pennsylvania and two each from New Jersey and Maryland.

The rundown of the signing class is: Kirstie Connor (Westminster, Md./North Carroll), Bridget Hufnagel (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter Strasburt), Summer Jaros (Avondale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), Avery Longstaff (Denver, Pa./Cocalico), Kari Longstaff (Denver, Pa./Cocalico), Brenda McDermott (Harleysville, Pa./North Penn), Maddie McTigue (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Megan Pinkerton (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township), Rachel Schwaab (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), Kathryn Skahan (West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), Kara Stroup (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley), Megan Tiernan (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township) and Nicole Tiernan (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township).

"It is an amazing feeling when all of the work that goes into something yields great results," said Rosen. "This recruiting class embodies that sentiment. We set out as a coaching staff to bring in a large and talented class who could not only fill the shoes of our graduating seniors but who could help to elevate our program. This strong recruiting class is made up of 13 very unique student-athletes who share a common goal: to make their mark on Temple Lacrosse."

Kirstie Connor, out of North Carroll High School in Westminster, Md., chose Temple for "the strong academic program, the cost, the opportunities for internships because of its location in the city, and the opportunity to play Division I Lacrosse."

As a four-year varsity letterwinner at Lampeter Strasburt High School in Lancaster, Pa., Bridget Hufnagel was a two-time league all-star and two-time Team MVP that helped lead her team to a Central Pennsylvania Championship. Hufnagel is excited about "being one of 13 incoming freshman, and getting the opportunity to improve my skills and hoping to make an impact on the field. Also, I am really looking forward to being coached by a great coaching staff. I am really excited about creating new friendships with my teammates."

A Brine All-American for Pennsylvania out of Bishop Shanahan High School, Summer Jaros was also named to ESPN's High School on the Rise lacrosse watch list as a junior and senior. Jaros, planning to major in business at Temple, will be playing alongside current teammate Kathryn Skahan as well as another best friend, Maddie McTigue.

"I am really excited to learn from Coach Rosen, who is such an accomplished lacrosse player," said Jaros. "I am also excited to be part of the family atmosphere of the team and to be part of a large recruiting class."

Avery and Kari Longstaff, one of two sets of twin sisters joining the Owls, hail from Denver, Pa., where they play at Cocalico High School. Says Avery about her decision to attend Temple: "it was basically just a really good fit. I knew that Temple had a really good lacrosse program and that the school itself is highly regarded, so when I found out that they were interested in me as a player and then had the chance to meet the coaches, it was an easy decision."

Sister Kari, who plans to enter Temple's nursing program, is excited for "the competitive nature of the program," and said "Temple lacrosse has a great family vibe that makes me very appreciative of my opportunity to become a part of the team."

Brenda McDermott, who plays at North Penn High School in Harleysville, Pa., chose Temple for a number of reasons. "First is the location of the school," said McDermott. "I like the city atmosphere while still being close to home and only 10 minutes away from my sister at LaSalle. I also think the lacrosse facilities at Temple are better than most other schools. Furthermore, I fell in love with the program, and more importantly my future teammates. During my visit they made me feel at home and treated me as if I was one of them. I also believe Temple is the best fit for me because of the coaching philosophy instilled in the program."

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