By Molly Tow
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/12/11
Garnet Valley rising senior attack Kara Stroup has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at Temple University.
Stroup helped lead the Jaguars to their first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championship in 2011, collecting 33 goals, 24 assists, 53 draw controls, and 50 ground balls. Stroup, who is a class representative of the Rotary Club at Garnet Valley, was named Second Team All-Central League.
She plays lacrosse for the Brandywine Majors.
Stroup hadn’t visited Philadelphia often, but quickly took to the atmosphere at Temple.
“I fell in love with the city on both of my tours,” she said. “Just everything about it. It has so many opportunities academically, and the lacrosse program (is excellent) as well.
“One of my club coaches is a Temple graduate and played at Temple, so I knew a little bit,” added Stroup. “Then I talked to the coaches and I really liked what they said.”
Other rising seniors from Philly that have committed to playing lacrosse at Temple are North Penn attack Brenda McDermott and Villa Maria midfielder Maddie McTigue. Also from Garnet Valley, Halley Barnes (midfield) has committed to Rutgers and Ally Heavens (midfield) has committed to Penn State.
Garnet Valley earned a share of its first Central League crown this year and finished 24-3. The Jaguars lost in the District 1 finals to Downingtown East, but rebounded to topple the Cougars, 17-14 in the state championship.
“We were really expecting to go as far as winning the state championship,” said Stroup. “It was just amazing and a thrill, and we set a tone for next season and years to come.”
Stroup’s goal for 2012 is clear.
“We’re seniors, and we’re going to try to bring home another state championship,” she said.