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South Jersey women’s recruits: Shawnee’s junior Nugent twins commit to new DI program Southern Cal

Tuesday, 7th February 2012

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 2/7/12

Shawnee junior twins Glade and Shannon Nugent have both committed to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Southern California. Glade (defender-midfielder) and Shannon (attack-midfielder) will be enrolled when the school begins intercollegiate play in 2013.

Glade and Shannon Nugent log:

Glade (left) and Shannon Nugent

High School: Shawnee High School

Graduation Year:

Positions: Glade- Defense/Midfield; Shannon- Attack/Midfield

College Choice: University of Southern California

Club Affiliation: South Jersey Select

Major lacrosse honors: Maximum Exposure All Star team: Elite 120 Shannon led the tournament in goals and was #2 in total points; Varsity for Shawnee, Both on All-American Lacrosse National Classic-Upper Atlantic Team and NJ South team at WDNT

Academic honors: Both are in National Honor Society, Honor Roll, both volunteer at Local Hospital

What will you major in/study?
Both want to major in science and math related fields.

Why did you choose school? “In our college search, we never planned on going far away from home. After visiting the University of Southern California, it was obvious that USC was where we wanted to go. Distance became irrelevant. It just felt right. The campus was beautiful, the weather was a plus, the size of the school was big but not overwhelming, and the athletic and academic atmosphere was what we were looking for in a school. The thought of starting a new program and exploring a different part of the country was something we might not experience again and was really cool. The coaching staff made a very big impact on our decision. Head Coach Lindsey Munday and assistants Hilary Bowen and Devon Wills made our visit one to remember. They have so much knowledge of the game and are incredible people with great personalities.”

What is your HS team’s outlook for the season?
“Our high school team was very senior heavy last year, with only a few returning starters this year. We are young but we have so much potential, and are definitely looking to win the South Jersey and state title.”

Other comments:
“We would like to thank our mom and dad for always being there for us through everything. You try to make it to every game we have ever had and are always our biggest fans. We would also like to thank all the South Jersey Select Coaches like Mr. Schlesinger and Mr. Knobloch, and our Shawnee High School coaches, Mrs. Zechman and Mrs. McCormick, who helped us grow as lacrosse players and helped us through the recruiting process. It was a big help, and got us to where we are today!”

Shannon Nugent

Have you always played lacrosse together and when did you start playing? “We have been playing lacrosse since 3rd grade. Until sophomore year, Glade was always the attacker and Shannon was the defensive-middie. And our summer before sophomore year we switched positions.”

Glade Nugent

What’s the best part of playing lacrosse with your sister? “The best part of playing lacrosse with my sister is that there is always a little competitiveness to make us better players. We push each other through conditioning, we practice together, and help each other step up our game. It’s convenient that one of us plays attack and one of us plays defense so that it is always a little competitive which always ends up in funny little fights and makes us better players. It’s fun to just always have someone to go outside and pass with. It’s also great in transitions and the offensive end because we always know where each other are on the field and know when each other are going to cut so we can feed the ball. Our friends and coaches think we have ‘twin telepathy.'”

What other schools did you both consider did you contemplate going to two different schools?
“We both considered other top Division 1 programs in our recruiting process. We tried to look at schools close together so that we could visit on weekends, but never wanted to go to the same school. For example, we were considering schools really close to each other such as Villanova and Penn, Boston U and Harvard, and UConn and Yale. It just so happens we both fell in love with USC and are both happy with our decision. Although we will not be roommates, going to a school across the country helps to have a twin there so we will never get homesick.”



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