Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/13/17
From Press Release
Temple lacrosse head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton), the 2016 IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year, has announced the signing of eight talented recruits from the state of Pennsylvania for the 2017-18 season.
Joining the Owls will be Gabrielle Acker (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Gwyneth Acker (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Jackie Cerchio (Audubon, Pa./Methacton), Lydia Hetznecker (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Olivia Martin (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter Strasburg), Jennifer Rodzewich (Perkasie, Pa./Pennridge), Courtney Taylor (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) and Bridget Whitaker (Springfield, Pa./Springfield).
“It is with great excitement and anticipation that we welcome this class into our Temple Lacrosse program,” said Rosen. “Individually, they each bring a very strong set of athletic talents that will certainly make an impact the moment they step on campus. Difference-makers at the high school level, we chose each of them because of their demonstrated ability to keep getting better. Not only will this class contribute to the lacrosse skill sets of the team, but their unity as a class, their true sense of Temple pride, their team-first mentality, and their ability to excel both in the classroom as well as on the field will allow us to truly pursue greatness!”
Gabrielle Acker, who will join Temple lacrosse with her twin sister, Gwyneth, is a two-time all-league third team selection for Hatboro-Horsham High School. She has scored 46 goals and recorded 45 assists over her first three seasons, and helped lead the team to a league title as a freshman. Acker, who also plays for the Ultimate Lacrosse 2017 Club Team, is an honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She is a multi-sport athlete, having earned four letters in field hockey and was selected to the all-league first team as a senior.
Gwyneth Acker has scored 40 goals and recorded 15 assists over her first three seasons at Hatboro-Horsham High School, despite suffering an injury in her junior year. She was a second team all-league selection as a sophomore, and helped her team win the league title as a freshman. She also plays for the Ultimate Lacrosse 2017 Club Team, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Already scoring over 100 goals in her three seasons, Jackie Cerchio is a two-time first team all-conference selection for Methacton High School. As a junior, she led the team in points (102) and assists (55) and was named Team MVP as well as to the all-area first team for a second year in a row. Cerchio also plays for the Dynamite 2017 Black club team, and was named to the 2015 Philly National Tournament Team. She is an honor roll student at Methacton, and plans to major in biochemistry at Temple.
Lydia Hetznecker is a four-year letterwinner at nearby Haverford High School, where she was honorable mention all-league and all-county as a junior. Hetznecker has scored 72 goals over her three seasons, while recording 22 assists. Haverford has advanced to the second round of the district playoffs in each year of her career. Hetznecker is a four-year honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society, and plans to major in biology at Temple. She comes from an athletic family, with her father, James, having been a high school All-American in lacrosse who went on to play for Duke University.
Olivia Martin is a goalkeeper out of Lampeter Strasburg High School in Lancaster, and had a save percentage over .500 as a junior while facing 256 shots on goal. She was a first team all-star last season while serving as team captain, and earned honorable mention all-star honors in her first two seasons. Martin also plays for Xtreme Club Lacrosse, and represented the Philadelphia region at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse weekend in 2015. Martin has been a distinguished honor roll student throughout her high school career, and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Jennifer Rodzewich is already a three-year varsity starter for Pennridge High School, and was named to the all-conference first team along with earning Team MVP honors as a junior and team captain. She has over 100 career goals, scoring 60 of those in her junior season after a 32-goal effort as a sophomore. Rodzewich is a member of the Ultimate Lacrosse Club Team and played in the US Lacrosse National High School Tournament. Off the field, she is a member of the Executive Council and the National Honor Society, and plans to major in recreational therapy at Temple.
Courtney Taylor is a four-year varsity letterwinner for Central Bucks High School South, and is a two-time all-league second team selection. She helped lead her team to their first-ever playoff appearance as a sophomore, and to the second round of playoffs as a junior. Taylor led the team in caused turnovers in 2016, and earned her team’s 3D Award. She has earned three varsity letters in soccer and two in basketball, twice being named all-league in soccer. Taylor is a distinguished honors student and member of the National Honor Society, and plans to major in communications at Temple.
Bridget Whitaker is an All-American for nearby Springfield High School, where she has already racked up 100 goals through three seasons. She is a two-time all-league first team selection and earned all-county first team honors as a junior. Whitaker also earned Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area Second Team honors in 2016. A multi-sport athlete, Whitaker has earned three varsity letters in lacrosse, soccer and basketball at Springfield, and is a member of the National Honor Society as well as having been an honor roll student all three years.