Temple Inks 13 in the Early Signing Period

A three-sport athlete out of Villa Maria Academy and West Chester, Pa., Maddie McTigue has also earned multiple letters in soccer and basketball.

"There were a lot of factors for me in choosing Temple," said McTigue. "I was looking for the school that fit me from the campus and city life, to the team and coaches that seemed right. When I visited Temple and took a tour I immediately knew it was the right school for me. I loved the campus life, the coaches and the team."

An honorable mention All-American as well as an Academic All-American out of Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Megan Pinkerton has also been a first team all-league and all-section honoree. Off the field, Pinkerton is the co-organizer and director of Lax for Life Clinic to benefit the Special Olympics.

"I chose Temple because of the wide range of academic opportunities, the city location, and the lacrosse program," said Pinkerton. "I really liked the city campus. I thought that it would be great to experience city life since it is so different than where I live. Also, Coach Rosen and Coach Wong made me feel like Temple would be a good lacrosse fit for me."

Rachel Schwaab hails from Baltimore, Md., where she plays for Catonsville High School, and plans to study environmental engineering while at Temple.

"I was impressed by Temple since my first visit," said Schwaab. "I was looking for a school where I could pursue my academic interests, contribute to a strong Division I lacrosse program, and live and study in a stimulating, urban environment." About her decision to study environmental engineering, Schwaab says, "I have always had a strong interest in combining my interest in math and science with work that will address the real challenges that people and communities face in today's world."

Kathryn Skahan is a US Lacrosse Academic All-American and third team All-ChesMont League selection who is the teammate of fellow recruit Summer Jaros at Bishop Shanahan High School. Skahan plans to major in business and possibly specialize in advertising at Temple.

"I wanted to go to, and play for, a city school," said Skahan. "I love Philadelphia. Temple's campus was the best of the city schools. I know I'll get a really good education at Temple, and I really connected with the coaching staff."

Coming in with huge enthusiasm for the program and Temple Athletics as a whole, is Kara Stroup out of Garnet Valley High School in Garnet Valley, Pa. "I love the atmosphere that all of the sports teams carry and the pride they have being Owls," said Stroup. "I love going to other sports events, and being able to watch my peers play on the other sports teams will be so amazing. My grandfather and my cousin went to Temple, and it's so nice to have that connection with my family members."

Stroup has not definitively decided on a major, but an interest of hers is kinesiology. "I have always been interested in this field of study since I was young," said Stroup, "which I think has contributed to my passion for athletics. My love for athletics and the human body would ensure that the field of kinesiology would be a great fit for me."

The second set of twin sisters joining Temple lacrosse are Megan and Nicole Tiernan out of Washington Township High School in Turnersville, N.J. Both all-conference selections and Academic All-Americans, the Tiernans have helped lead their team to conference and county titles during their time at Washington Township. Megan is a Wendy's High School Heisman School Winner and State Finalist, while Nicole, who plans to enter the nursing program, was also a nominee for the award.

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2011-11-29



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