Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/5/11
From Press Release
Rutgers head coach Laura Brand-Sias (Radnor) welcomed eight student-athletes to the Scarlet Knights program Monday. Rutgers signed Phillylacrosse.com Co-Player of the Year 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 Phillylacrosse.com’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.
Also, from South Jersey:
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.
Kim Kolodny – A – Farmingdale/Farmingdale, N.Y.
Prior to Rutgers: Four-year letterwinner for Farmingdale … Crowed NYS Class A Champion twice, as well as a two-time Long Island Class A Champion … Three-time Nassau County Class A Champion … All-county selection in 2011 … Played with the LI Wave on the club circuit … With her club, nominated for the All-Tournament Team at the National Championship in 2010 … Won the Women’s Division National Tournament Championship in 2011.
Brand-Sias on Kolodny: Kim will arrive at Rutgers having been the leading scorer at a perennial powerhouse. Her ability to work around the cage looks effortless, and I think the sky is the limit with her potential. Her vision in the offensive end will fit into our system well.
Nikki McMonagle – A – Moorestown/Moorestown, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Letterwinner for Moorestown High School … Won the Group 3 State Championship in 2011, scoring 47 goals and dishing out 30 assists … Named a All-South Jersey Team Honorable Mention … Selected to the Courier-Post All-Group 3 Team … Named a First Team All-Star for the Burlington County Scholastic League … Also named to the first South New Jersey Team in the NCAA School Girls Division … Also starting guard on the varsity basketball team … Played with the South Jersey Select on the club circuit.
Brand-Sias on McMonagle: Nikki has broken out over the last year. She is a go-to player for a nationally rated program, and I expect her to grow even more over her senior season. Her presence around the cage and her tenacity in the ride are exciting.
Taylor Pennell – M – The Peddie School/New Egypt, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Three-year starting midfielder for The Peddie School … Named team captain … In 2011, selected as an adidas All-American Upperclassman … An ESPNRise Underclassmen to Watch in 2011 … For the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, named Upper Atlantic Southern N.J Team 1 Player Selection … Upper Atlantic N.J. player selection for the All-American National Lacrosse Classic … With The Peddie School, two-time NJISAA Prep A Division Semi-Finalist and won the NJISAA Prep A Division Championship in 2010 … Three-time First Team All-Prep honoree … Three-time First Team All-MAPL selection … A 2011 First Team All-Area honoree … Played club ball with South Jersey Select Pink 2012.
Brand-Sias on Pennell: Taylor is a phenomenal athlete with great speed and quickness. That, coupled with her game sense and competitive drive, creates a special player. I am anxious to see how quickly she excels at the college level.
Name: Chrissy Schreiber – M – St. Anthony’s/East Meadow, N.J.
Prior to Rutgers: Letterwinner for St. Anthony’s High School under Corinne Lomangino … Two-time all-league … Helped her team to the 2010 and 2011 Catholic League Championship titles … Team ranked third nationally … Named program’s 2010 Midfielder of the Year … 2011 team captain … Played club with the Long Island Express … Older brother plays lacrosse at Princeton … Father, Doug, the National Player of the Year at Maryland, was a two-time First Team All-America, played for the Terps 1973 NCAA championship team and is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Brand-Sias on Schreiber: As a midfielder, Chrissy gets it done in every aspect of the game. She has a part in every play and that is what we expect of our middies here at Rutgers. I am excited to see her grow in our system.