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More recruit re-posts today:
Nicole Lombardo (Springside) American
Margo Lesher (Archbishop Carroll) Sacred Heart
Heather Parris (Phoenixville) High Point
Lauren Purvis (Hatboro-Horsham) Penn State
Morgan Obendorfer (Downingtown West) Ohio State
By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/2/09
Radnor senior midfielder Allie Martin has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at NCAA powerhouse Pennsylvania.
Martin, a US Lacrosse All-American and First-Team All-Phillylacrosse.com pick, helped lead the Red Raiders to the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championship in 2009. She chose Penn because of its coach highly-respected Karin Brower,
and its reputation for academic excellence.
“She knows exactly what she’s doing,” Martin said of Brower, who has taken the Quakers to the Final Four each of the past three years. “I really liked the whole staff.
“It was opportunity you couldn’t pass up, for academics and lacrosse. At first, I didn’t want to go to school in the city, but then I visited Penn, and I saw you get the best of both worlds; you’re in the city but you have the campus.”
Martin, who played for the Philly team that placed third in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games in June, will join fellow Philly recruit Lindsey Smith (Unionville) at Penn.
Last year Martin collected 77 goals and 55 assists as the Red Raiders went 25-1 and won the Central League championship for the second straight year. She said the team refocused itself after dropping the District 1 championship game to rival Springfield-Delco. The Raiders handled Strath Haven, 20-10, in the state finals.
“I think that we needed the loss,” Martin said. “We kind of thought we had it, but this put us in a reality check. We knew we had to work harder every game. I think it was the reason we did so well in the (state) playoffs.”
Martin is one of four Radnor seniors to commit early to a Division I college. Also, Kelyn Freedman (midfield) has committed to Georgetown, while Alyssa Dunlap (defender) and Ellie Kraus (midfield) have committed to Vanderbilt. With several other teammates close to committing, the Raiders will surely be expected to excel again in 2010.
“The target will be on us even more,” Martin said, noting the team went 23-0 in 2008 and claimed the District 1 Class AAA crown. “So, it will be even more difficult, since so many girls are returning.
“We should be just as good as last year. We need to make sure we stay modest and don’t get ahead of ourselves.”