Rutgers Welcomes Eight Newcomers for 2012-13

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 5, 2011) – Rutgers head coach Laura Brand-Sias welcomed eight student-athletes to the Scarlet Knights program Monday. Rutgers secured commitments from Halley Barnes (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Amanda Currell (Moorestown, N.J.), Addington Elliott (Rumson, N.J.), Madeline Hulsey (Sherwood Forest, Md.), Kim Kolodny (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Nikki McMonagle (Moorestown, N.J.), Taylor Pennell (New Egypt, N.J.) and Chrissy Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.).

Halley Barnes - A/M - Garnet Valley/Garnet Valley, Pa.
Prior to Rutgers: Named the No. 5 attacker in the country by ESPN ... Named's Co-Player of the Year ... Letterwinner for Garnet Valley High School ... Led her squad to its first-ever PIAA State Championship, scoring 118 goals and notching 83 draw controls, 70 ground balls and 40 assists ... Scored 37 goals in eight postseason matches ... USLacrosse Player of the Week ... First Team All-Delco honoree ... First Team All-Central League selection ... PASLA Team Member ... Scored the second-most goals in Pennsylvania as a junior ... Ranked ninth in the country for goals in 2011 .... Played club lacrosse for the Brandywine Majors.
Brand-Sias on Barnes: Halley is a natural competitor. When the game is on the line, she wants the ball and she gets it done. Her athleticism and game sense make her a very diverse player and I can see her role expanding during her time as a Scarlet Knight.

Amanda Currell - GK - Moorestown/Moorestown, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Goalkeeper for Moorestown High School as a junior and senior ... Led her high school to the Sectional and State Group Championship titles ... Moorestown ranked No. 10 in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine in 2011 ... Played club ball for South Jersey Select Lacrosse Pink 12 ... 2008 and 2009 Champions at Lax by the Sea.
Brand-Sias on Currell: Amanda has the natural athleticism that we look for in a Scarlet Knight goalkeeper. Her presence and quickness establish her as a leader in the cage. Her potential is limitless and I foresee her having a very special career at Rutgers.

Addington Elliott - D - Fair Haven Regional/Rumson, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Three-year letterwinner for Fair Haven Regional ... As a junior, named Second Team All-Shore ... Senior captain ... Won Group 2 Central Jersey State Section ... Named to the All-Star Team for the Philly Showcase ... Also played two years of varsity soccer ... Played club with the T3 Shore.
Brand-Sias on Elliott: Addie is one of the hardest working athletes I have seen. Her one vs. one defense is extremely strong and she excels every time I see her. I am excited for her potential ‘On the Banks.'

Madeline Hulsey - M - Annapolis Area Christian School/Sherwood Forest, Md.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity starter for Annapolis Area Christian ... Named MIAA All-Star and all-county ... As a junior, controlled 175 draws – the league record in a single season ... Racked up 100 points (65 goals, 35 assists), the most scored in the country in 2011 ... Led the team in draw controls, groundballs and caused turnovers as a sophomore ... Also played three years of varsity soccer ... Played club with the MD United Lacrosse Club ... With her club team, won numerous championships, including the Presidents Cup.
Brand-Sias on Hulsey: Maddy is a consistent all-around midfielder. She doesn't rely on flash, she just gets it done. The one area I am most excited about is her ability to control the draw. It is such an integral part of our game, and I know how much she can progress once she arrives at Rutgers.

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