By Molly Tow
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/24/11
Manheim Township rising senior midfielder Megan Pinkerton has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Temple University.
Pinkerton, a team captain, was named First Team Lancaster-Lebanon League, Honorable Mention All-American and Academic All-American. She also played on the Central Pennsylvania squad at the National Tournament team. She plays club lacrosse for X-Treme
Pinkerton will join an Owls team that reached the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference under coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton).
Pinkerton, an Honor Roll student every year at Manheim Township, plans to major in Secondary Education.
“On the car ride home from my visit to Temple, I knew that I wanted to go there,” said Pinkerton.” “I really liked the coaches and the campus. Coach Rosen made me feel like Temple would be a good fit for me, and the city setting is something I think will be good to experience living in. I also have a few friends from my club team that were committed to Temple, which made my decision a little bit easier.”
There are four other Manhiem Township players that compete for X-treme that have committed to Division I colleges: rising senior goalie Shannon Nee (UConn), rising seniormidfielder Devon Schneider (Florida), rising senior midfielder Carolyn Westphal (Brown) and rising junior midfielder Molly Hendrick (North Carolina).
Other rising seniors from the Philadelphia area that have committed to Temple this year are Bishop Shanahan midfielder Summer Jaros, Bishop Shanahan attack Kathryn Skahan, Villa Maria defender Maddie McTigue, Garnet Valley attack Kara Stroup, and North Penn attack Brenda McDermott. Another member of X-treme rising senior attack/midfielder Bridget Hufnagel, has committed to Temple.
In 2011, Pinkerton helped Manheim Township go undefeated (18-0) in the Lancaster-Lebanon League and 23-1 overall for the second straight year. The Blue Streaks fell to Great Valley, 13-12, in the first round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.
Pinkerton’s father, Mark, is currently both her club and high school coach.
“The 2011 season was a new and fun experience for me and my teammates because of our new head coach, Mark Pinkerton, who is also my dad,” said Pinkerton. “We had a successful season, winning our third-straight District 3 championship.
“We were disappointed and frustrated by our loss to Great Valley in overtime in the first round of states. Although we did not make it as far as we hoped to in the state tournament, we were happy with our play and feel like we continue to close the gap between us and the top District 1 teams.”
Pinkerton has had a unique experience from her club and high school teammates because of the dual role that her father plays in her life.
“My dad and I get along really well, so I enjoy having him on the sidelines during games and there at practice,” said Pinkerton. “It can be tough at times because we have to switch from father-daughter to coach-player when we are on the field, but I am so glad that he chose to coach the team because he is a good, knowledgeable coach and loves helping everyone improve.”
After having such a dominant 2011 season, Pinkerton has high expectations for 2012.
“Our team goal for the 2012 season is to advance farther in state playoffs and represent the Lancaster-Lebanon League against the big-name Philly teams,” said Pinkerton.