Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/18/12
From Press Release
Seventh-year Temple lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton) has signed seven student-athletes to join the Owls starting in 2013-14. The seven have the region well-covered, as they hail from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The rundown of the signing class is: Rachel Barile (Bel Air, Md./Fallston), Carly Demato (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), Anna Frederick (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Cape Henlopen), Kristina Gallivan (Avondale, Pa./Kennett), Morgan Glassford (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), Gabby Szczepanek (Wyncote, Pa./Cheltenham) and Brooke Williams (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright).
“It is so exciting to officially welcome this great class of seven outstanding student-athletes,” said Rosen. “I truly believe that we have identified an incredible group of young women who have a tremendous upside athletically. Their individual and team achievements, team-first mentality, commitment to the mission of being a student-athlete and their heartfelt Temple pride will fuel our continued rise on the lacrosse scene for years to come.”
Barile already won a state championship with her Fallston High School team as a junior, helping the team to a 10-1 record. She comes from an athletic family, as her father, Frank, played lacrosse at Towson State, while brothers Matt and Ben play football for Wesley College.
“I chose Temple because I fell in love with every aspect of it when I first visited,” said Barile, who wasn’t sure she’d ever find the perfect school until visiting Temple. “I love the city and city life, and Temple is in the heart of Philadelphia. I really like the campus and how it intertwines with the city.” Barile is excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Rosen as well as assistant coach Jennifer Wong. “I knew I would be in great hands the next four years with them, and I know they’ll help me and teach me so much.”
Demato comes from a strong tradition of success at Shawnee High School in nearby Medford, N.J., and also played for one of the top club teams on the East Coast, South Jersey Select. Her team at Shawnee went 17-3 last season, ultimately losing in the playoffs to a team that finished second in the nation.
Demato wanted to be a part of a strong athletic program in college, but began questioning her desire to attend a big school until visiting Temple. “As soon as I stepped on to the Temple campus, I knew I wouldn’t have to (compromise anything). The environment was everything I’d ever wanted. On my tour I fell in love with everything from the buildings to the sports facilities. Once I saw Coach Rosen coach a game, it just confirmed my decision.”
“I love all the girls in my recruiting class and can’t wait to enjoy freshmen year with them,” said Demato. She is accomplished academically and in the top 10 percent of her class of almost 400 people at Shawnee. “Academics have always been a huge part in my life and are extremely important to me,” she said. “I look forward to learning more about the business world and just furthering my education as a whole.”
Another recruit coming off a state title with her high school team is Frederick, whose team finished 18-0 in 2012. She is an extremely accomplished player who scored 81 goals and added 45 assists in her junior season, earning US Lacrosse All-American honorable mention honors as well as first team all-state honors. Frederick already holds school records for goals and points in a career, with one season left to play. Frederick’s grandfather, Dave, played football for Temple.
“Temple has everything I was looking for in a school,” said Frederick. “It’s a big school, it has all the academic majors that I am interested in, it’s close to home and friends, and the lacrosse program is exactly what I was looking for. I’m very excited to attend such a great university, and to have what I know will be an excellent experience academically, socially, and of course, an excellent athletic experience on the lacrosse team.”
Gallivan was already a team captain as a junior at Kennett High School, and earned All Ches-Mont honorable mention honors as well as Academic All-American honors. She has started on the varsity team for her entire career, while also playing field hockey and basketball all four years. Gallivan is an accomplished student who plans to major in international business at Temple.
“I chose Temple because it not only has a strong lacrosse program but also a top-notch academic program,” said Gallivan. “I felt like I belonged at Temple as soon as I walked on the campus. I’m looking forward to attending Temple for so many reasons, but the opportunity to play collegiate lacrosse is the biggest draw of all. The coaches at Temple are everything you could ask for and more, and I know they will help me and my teammates reach our full potential. I cannot wait to wear that cherry red!”
Leading her team with 71 goals as a junior, Glassford helped Strath Haven High School reach the state finals. She was a second team All-Central and All-Delco selection, and also played for the highly successful club team Brandywine Majors. Glassford was a standout on the school’s soccer team, earning 2012 Delaware County Player of the Year honors.
“Temple offers everything I was hoping for in a college,” said Glassford. “It was top-notch education and an incredible athletic program all in a city close to my family. When I first visited Temple, I felt so comfortable with the coaching staff and the players, and now I’m excited to be an Owl.”
Szczepanek, whose parents met while attending Temple and are both alums, is already a three-year varsity letterwinner at Cheltenham High School. She was a team captain as a junior, earning second team all-league and Academic All-American honors. As a four-year varsity field hockey player, Szczepanek was a two-time all-league selection and two-time MVP. Her sister, Caroline, is currently a sophomore at Temple.
“A majority of my family has graduated from, or is currently attending Temple,” said Szczepanek, “so I have many fond memories of visiting my Dad at work and hearing stories of my parents’ years there. Temple is an amazing fit academically, with so many majors in the School of Communications that I am interested in, and it is close to home so my parents can still come and see me play. I am so excited to challenge myself by moving onto the next phase of my lacrosse career, and my life in general. I am also looking forward to sharing my time at Temple with my older sister Caroline. I am thrilled to be the next Owl in our Temple family!”
Williams, out of C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Md., recorded 46 total points as a junior in helping lead her team to a 14-5 finish and a conference title. She earned second team all-county honors as an attacker. Williams is also an accomplished field hockey player as well as a very accomplished student, having earned scholar athlete honors all four years. She has been extremely involved in student government, and plans to study law at Temple.
“When I visited Temple, I knew that I wanted to be an Owl,” said Williams. “The atmosphere of the city, academics, and the lacrosse program are a perfect fit for me as a student-athlete. Coaches Bonnie Rosen, Jen Wong, and Julianna Jeffers are everything you can ask for in a coaching staff. Everything that Temple had to offer shined for me more than any other university.”