Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/26/13
From Press Release
Eighth-year Temple lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen has signed seven student-athletes to join the Owls starting in 2014-15. There are four recruits from Pennsylvania, two from Maryland, and one hailing all the way from Phoenix, Ariz.
The rundown of the signing class is: Nicole Barretta (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East), Kira Gensler (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), Tori Hawk (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon), Haile Houck (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley), Nicole Latgis (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford), Kaitlin Suzuki (Hatfield, Pa./North Penn) and Toni Yuko (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township).
“These seven student-athletes recognize all that Temple has to offer,” said Rosen, “and are a great representation of the future of Temple. While each has achieved great success in the classroom, in the community and on the field already, they share in common a desire to accomplish more individually as well as collectively as a team in their future. As talented as these players are now, I believe that they will enjoy even greater success as a Temple Owl! They come from wonderful families, they possess a true love of sport, they take great pride in being a student-athlete, and they all have something to prove. I am thrilled to welcome this next recruiting class to our Temple Lacrosse family, and I look forward to the contributions that each of them will make to our program and to our University in the coming years.”
Barretta was a first team all-league and all-county honoree as a junior at Downingtown East High School after scoring an impressive 89 goals. She was an honorable mention all-league selection as a freshman, and a second team all-league honoree as a sophomore with 64 goals. Her team won the district title and was a state finalist in 2011, her freshman season.
“Temple has everything I was looking for in a university,” said Barretta. “The city, strong education program, and incredible lacrosse program are exactly what I wanted. I know I’ll be in great hands with Bonnie Rosen, Jennifer Wong, and Molly Fernandez as my coaches, and I can’t wait to learn all I can from them!”
As a midfielder at Spring-Ford High School, Gensler was named to all-area teams by The Mercury and PAC-10 as a junior, while also earning both those honors as a sophomore along with Times Herald all-area accolades. She was an honorable mention all-area selection by The Mercury and PAC-10 as a freshman.
“I chose Temple because it is everything I imagined a school to be,” said Gensler. “Not only am I going to be a part of Temple’s intensive broadcasting program, but I am going to be a part of one of the best lacrosse teams in the nation. I am excited to learn from the other players as well as Coach Bonnie and Coach Jen. Temple is going to give me so many opportunities, both on the lacrosse field and academically. I can’t wait to be an Owl!”
Hailing all the way from Phoenix, Ariz., is goalkeeper Tori Hawk. She is a two-time Goalie of the Year honoree by the Arizona Girls’ Lacrosse Association (AGLA) and was named to the all-state first team in 2011. In 2013, Hawk was an Academic All-American as well as an all-state honorable mention honoree. She is also a two-time Team MVP.
“When I first met Jen Wong at a camp at Stanford University and she told me that she was from Temple, the only thing I could think about was how exciting it would be to move across the country,” said Hawk, “and be given the opportunity to play the sport I love with people who loved it just as much as I do. Now, I get to live the experience first-hand and I’m ecstatic just counting down the days. I can’t wait to continue my education at a highly esteemed university while pursuing my lacrosse career with amazing teammates and an even more amazing coaching staff. Coming from Phoenix, the lifestyle change will be a great experience and I can’t wait to share it with everyone I meet at Temple. Go Owls!”
At Manchester Valley High School, Houck has earned 12 varsity letters, playing lacrosse as well as field hockey and basketball. She was a Baltimore Metro first-team selection as a junior, and is team captain of two teams in her senior year. She has been named to the honor roll all four years, and received a Manchester Valley High School Excellence Award for 2013-14. Houck has also played for the Check-Hers Elite club team for the last four years.
“The day I stepped onto Temple’s campus, I knew it was where I was supposed to be,” said Houck. “I fell in love with the urban lifestyle and was captivated by how the campus was incorporated into the city. I also loved the size of Temple. Coming from a small town and high school I look forward to living in a city with so many opportunities. The coaching staff made me feel very welcomed, and their positive attitudes made me want to be a part of their lacrosse program. I am so excited to further my lacrosse career at Temple and look forward to being both academically and athletically challenged.”
Latgis helped lead her North Harford High School team to a 13-3 season as a junior, and a ninth-place ranking in Maryland. She was a second team all-county selection in 2012 and also earned the team’s Unsung Hero Award after ranking first in caused turnovers and second in draw controls. Along with being a four-year varsity letterwinner in lacrosse, Latgis has earned four letters in varsity soccer and was a first team all-county selection in 2013.
“Temple has everything I ever wanted in a school,” said Latgis. “I knew I belonged at Temple as soon as I stepped on the campus, but my final decision was made when I met the coaches. I know the Temple coaches will help me reach my full potential on the lacrosse field as well as my teammates. The girls I will be playing with seem like a lot of fun. I know Temple has amazing academic programs and athletic programs.”
Out of North Penn High School in Hatfield, Pa., Suzuki earned the team’s Captains Award in 2013 and was named Offensive MVP in 2012. As a freshman, she earned the Dedication and Commitment Award. Suzuki scored 12 goals as a freshman, 43 as a sophomore and 33 as a junior despite playing only half the season.
“I am so excited to go to Temple,” said Suzuki. “It is a great academic school that has both of the majors I’m interested in. The campus is beautiful and I love that it is so close to home. Temple’s lacrosse program was exactly what I was looking for. The coaches are not only amazing coaches but are great people. Plus, a few of my teammates from North Penn are on the team so it will be great to be able to play with them again. It feels so bittersweet to be nearing the end of high school but I can’t wait to be Temple Made!”
As a midfielder at Manheim Township High School, Yuko was a US Lacrosse honorable mention All-American in 2013, as well as an Academic All-American. She was named the league’s MVP as a junior and was a first team all-star. She has helped lead her team to three league and district titles, and Manheim Township was a state semifinalist in 2013. Yuko is a team captain for the second year in a row.
“As soon as I visited Temple, I knew it was the right university for me,” said Yuko. “Temple offers several majors that support my academic goals in the medical field. Also, the campus is the ideal distance from my home, and I can’t wait to enjoy the opportunities that Philadelphia city life offers. Most importantly, I’m excited about continuing my lacrosse career on into college, and couldn’t have chosen a more inviting team and friendly coaching staff. I can’t wait to be an Owl!”
“There has never been a better time to be a Temple student-athlete,” says Rosen. “The Temple campus has been transformed into a thriving, vibrant, interactive, and “cool” place to live and pursue a higher education. Athletically, the commitment by the University and the athletic department to become a household name in regards to excellence both in Philadelphia and in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as across the country and throughout the world makes Temple one of the most exciting places to be a coach.”