Rutgers Secures Nine Commitments for 2014 Lacrosse Season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 3, 2012) Rutgers University added nine members to its 2014 roster, head coach Laura Brand-Sias announced on Monday. Rutgers secured commitments from Kelsey Cuje (Fair Haven, N.J.), Kristina Dunphey (Hillsborough, N.J), Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa), Ryann Hogan (Skillman, N.J.), Nicole Kopyta (Oakland, N.J.), Margaret Nissen (Moorestown, N.J.), Macy Scott (Toms River, N.J.), Delaney Tuite (Malvern, Pa) and Amanda Turturro (Farmingdale, N.Y.).

Kelsey Cuje M Rumson Fair Haven/Fair Haven, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner for Rumson Fair Haven ... RFH lacrosse captain as a junior and senior ... Named to the All-Shore Second Team as a junior ... Top-15 goal scorer in the Shore ... In 2012, tallied 87 goals and 33 assists, while scooping 84 ground balls, controlling 52 draws and causing 46 turnovers ... Shore Conference Champion ... Won the Group 2 Central Jersey State Section ... Played club lacrosse with T3 Shore ... Also a four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Won the 2010 division in soccer and was named a senior captain.

Brand-Sias on Cuje: Kelsey is a fierce competitor with a huge upside. She is committed to her lacrosse development and her potential stood out to me right away. She has the athletic ability and dedication to have a nice career at Rutgers.

Kristina Dunphey M Hillsborough/Hillsborough, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity letterwinner for Hillsborough ... Through three seasons, has tallied 133 goals, 20 assists, 81 ground balls, 72 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers ... Scored 95 goals as a junior, tied for 15th in the state ... Named Skyland Conference First Team honoree in 2012 and Honorable Mention in 2011 ... Also named Somerset County All-Area in 2012 ... Received team MVP in 2012 and Most Improved in 2011 ... Played club lacrosse with Ultimate NJ ... Starting point guard for the Hillsborough basketball team.

Brand-Sias on Dunphey: Kristina is a phenomenal athlete with a competitive fire. The sky is the limit with her, and I am excited to watch her grow over the next year in preparation for her time at Rutgers. Once she grasps our system, she should challenge for time early on.

Rachel Engler M Boyertown Area Senior High/Perkiomenville, Pa.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity starter for Boyertown Area Senior High School ... Two-time Mercury Player of the Year Honorable Mention ... Lead the Bears to the second round of districts as a junior notching 70 goals, 24 assists, 42 ground ball controls, five draw controls and 15 caused turnovers ... Earned PAC-10 All-Area First Team for the second-straight year, helping Boyertown to its ninth-consecutive PAC-10 title ... Earned a spot on Philly 1 to compete in the Women's National Tournament for the second-straight season ... Started all 26 games as a sophomore, posting 78 goals, 15 assists and 37 ground balls ... Five-time Pottstown Mercury Player of the Week ... BASH Rookie of the Year after starting all 20 games ... Played club with Phantastix Purple ... An all-star selection at the Maximum Exposure Camp.

Brand-Sias on Engler: Rachel possesses outstanding skill and game sense and her aggressive play stands out. Her ability allows her to contribute in all aspects of the game and I expect her to make a big impact for us very early on.

Ryann Hogan D Montgomery/Skillman, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner for Montgomery High School ... Courier News All-Area selection ... First Team Skyland Conference honoree ... All-Packet Princeton Packet ... Named to the All-Stars Team by the Trenton Times ... Played club with Ultimate New Jersey ... Led her club team to an undefeated season in 2012 ... Also a three-year letterwinner in soccer.

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