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Rutgers women’s team adds 11 newcomers, 2 from Philly: Dever (Notre Dame), DiLullo (Cherokee)

Wednesday, 29th July 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/20 – From Press Release

Rutgers women’s lacrosse announced the addition of its 11-player freshman class to its 2020-21 roster. The rookie class includes five signees from New Jersey, two from Maryland and one each from Connecticut, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. The group marks the first full signing class for head coach and Penn grad Melissa Lehman, who wrapped up her first season at the helm of the Scarlet Knight program.

“I am so excited to welcome the Class of 2024 to the banks this fall,” Lehman said. “I recruited these young women during my first few months as head coach, and what I love about this group is the passion we all share for Rutgers University. These eleven student-athletes are hungry to get back out on the lacrosse field, and we expect this class to come in ready to compete.  I can’t wait to see the impact this group has on our Scarlet Knight program.”

Mikayla Dever
Broomall, Pa. • Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pennsylvania … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … produced 142 points on 77 goals and 65 assists in first three scholastic seasons … also added 45 career ground balls … finished junior season with 85 points on 45 goals and 40 assists to help Notre Dame de Namur to a 2019 PAISAA state title … 2019 second team all- Inter-Ac league, second team all-Main Line and honorable mention all-Delco … also produced 25 goals and 21 assists as a sophomore in 2018 …  played club lacrosse with NXT … also lettered in basketball and field hockey at Notre Dame de Namur … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Name pronounced Mih-kay-la De-ver … daughter of Colleen and Ed Dever … has two sisters, Julia and Christina, and a brother, Chase.

Nicole DiLullo
Marlton, N.J. • Cherokee
Attack

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Cherokee … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … produced 81 points on 64 goals and 17 assists and also collected 36 ground balls during three varsity seasons at Cherokee … finished junior season in 2019 with 34 goals and 11 assists … helped Cherokee to 10 victories and an appearance in the 2019 NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 semifinals during junior campaign … played club lacrosse with South Jersey Select … also lettered in basketball and soccer at Cherokee, where she was a captain of the soccer team … member of the Business Honor Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced di-lu-lo … daughter of AnnMarie and Thomas DiLullo … sister, Christine, was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for Rutgers women’s lacrosse from 2015-19.

Sophia Cardello
Massapequa, N.Y. • Massapequa
GK

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Massapequa in Massapequa, New York … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … produced 534 saves during illustrious scholastic career and started in cage for the Chiefs since her eighth-grade season … stopped 124 shots as a junior to help Massapequa to seven victories in 2019 … honorable mention All-American by Back of the Cage… a three-time all-county selection from 2017-19 … helped Massapequa to three consecutive Nassau County titles from 2016-18 … played club lacrosse with Top Guns 2020 Black … also lettered in basketball at Massapequa … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced Car-dell-oh … daughter of Alyse and William Cardello … also has two sisters, Luchianna (Lulu) and Julianna, and a brother, Hunter.

Kate Carolonza
Mountain Lakes, N.J. • Mountain Lakes
Attack

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Mountain Lakes … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … totaled 53 points on 41 goals and 12 assists as a junior in 2019 … second-team all-conference, third-team all-Morris County and third-team all-state by The Star-Ledger during junior campaign … led Mountain Lakes to a NJSIAA Group I sectional title in 2019 … battled injury to contribute eight goals and four assists as a sophomore to help Mountain Lakes to county and section final appearances … missed freshman season due to injury in 2017 … played club lacrosse with T3 Shore … also lettered in soccer and basketball at Mountain Lakes.

Personal: Last name pronounced Carol-on-za … daughter of Karen and Stephen Carolonza … twin sister, Sara, also begins freshman year as a member of Rutgers women’s lacrosse in 2020-21 … brother, Todd, currently plays lacrosse at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

Sara Carolonza
Mountain Lakes, N.J. • Mountain Lakes
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Mountain Lakes … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … led Mountain Lakes to a NJSIAA Group I sectional title in 2019 as a junior … honorable-mention all-county selection by The Star-Ledger in 2019 … helped Mountain Lakes to county and section final appearances in 2018 as a sophomore … played club lacrosse with T3 Shore … also lettered in soccer, tennis and basketball at Mountain Lakes … member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced Carol-on-za … daughter of Karen and Stephen Carolonza … twin sister, Kate, also begins freshman year as a member of Rutgers women’s lacrosse in 2020-21 … brother, Todd, currently plays lacrosse at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

Selena Carrington
Toms River, N.J. • Toms River North
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Toms River North … senior season was cancelled due to COVID-19 … 2020 Preseason All-Shore Conference selection as a senior by the Asbury Park Press … totaled 67 points on 58 goals and nine assists during junior campaign in 2019 … A-South Division first team selection by the Asbury Park Press … played club lacrosse with T3 Lacrosse … also lettered in basketball at Toms River North.

Personal: Daughter of Bivia and Anthony Carrington … has three brothers, Anthony, Darrion and Kyle … all three of her older brothers received scholarships to play Division I football … Darrion is currently a junior wide receiver at Yale … Kyle played football at Liberty and Edinboro … Anthony competed on the gridiron at Wagner … father, Anthony, graduated from Rutgers in 1990 from the school of engineering.

Madison Grady
Glen Ridge, N.J. • Glen Ridge
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Glen Ridge … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … produced 102 points on 64 goals and 38 assists to go along with 122 ground balls and 115 draw controls during scholastic career … helped Glen Ridge to three consecutive Essex County titles, three straight Super Essex Conference championships and three appearances in the NJSIAA sectional finals from 2017-19 … recognized as a first team All-Super Essex performer as a sophomore and junior … was a captain as a junior and collected 56 points on 33 goals and 23 assists in 2019 … also added 63 draw controls and 42 ground balls in 2019 as a junior … added 37 points with 25 goals and 12 helpers as a sophomore … played club lacrosse with Metro Magic … also lettered in soccer at Glen Ridge, where she earned back-to-back all-conference recognition.

Personal: Daughter of Kelly and Jim Grady … has a sister, Colleen, and a brother, Tyler … Colleen currently plays lacrosse at Drexel where she was a first team all-CAA performer in 2019 and the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2018 … Tyler played lacrosse at Wagner from 2018-19 … Kelly Grady played lacrosse at Montclair State … Jim Grady played baseball and football at William Patterson.

Keeley McNemar
Millersville, Md. • Archbishop Spalding
Defense

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Archbishop Spalding, Maryland … two-time captain as a junior and senior … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … helped Archbishop to a 14-4 record in 2019 as a junior … selected to the Under Armour Underclassman All-America Lacrosse tournament representing Baltimore in 2017 … played club lacrosse with M&D 2020 Black … also lettered in field hockey and basketball during time at Archbishop … captain of the field hockey during senior season … member of the National Honors Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced Mac-Nuh-mar … daughter of Kim and Todd McNemar … both parents played collegiate lacrosse at Salisbury University … brother, Reagan, currently plays lacrosse at Towson.

Lauren Messinese
Manchester, Md. • Gerstell Academy
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Gerstell Academy in Finksburg, Maryland … two-time team captain … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … produced 33 points on 21 goals and 12 assists as a junior midfielder … also helped Gerstell Academy to nine wins in 2018 as a sophomore … played club lacrosse with Sky Walkers 2020 … also lettered in basketball and soccer at Gerstell Academy and was a captain of the soccer team as a senior.

Personal: Daughter of Belinda and Joe … has a sister, Emily.

Ashley Moynahan
Fairfield, Conn. • Fairfield Ludlowe
Midfield

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at Fairfield Ludlowe in Fairfield, Connecticut … senior season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic … finished scholastic career with 104 points on 79 goals and 25 assists to go along with 208 draw controls 121 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers … second team all-state and all-FCIAC as both a junior and sophomore … chosen for the USA U17 National Select team … played club lacrosse with Nor’Easter Lacrosse … also lettered in indoor track and was the team’s captain at Fairfield Ludlowe … member of the National Business Honors Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced Moy-Na-Han … daughter of Chrystal and Chris Moynahan … also has a brother, TJ … father played lacrosse at Towson from 1990-93 and was a member of the 1991 squad that appeared in the NCAA finals against North Carolina.

Ellie Riegner
Coconut Creek, Fla. • St. Thomas Aquinas
Attack

Prior to Rutgers: Competed at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she was a two-time captain … finished scholastic career with 261 points on 163 assists and 98 goals … helped St. Thomas Aquinas to three consecutive district titles from 2017-19 … two-time first team all-district and two-time first team all-county by the Miami Herald … second team all-region as a senior by The Sun Sentinel … … produced eight goals and 14 assists before senior season was cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic … finished junior season in 2019 with 99 points on 58 assists and 41 goals … collected 100 points on 66 assists and 34 goals during sophomore campaign in 2018 … contributed 30 points on 25 assists and 15 goals as a freshman to help her team to a regional title and an appearance in the Florida state final in 2017 … played club lacrosse with Florida Select … selected to both the South Florida National Team and the Brine National Team … a member of the National Honors Society.

Personal: Last name pronounced Rig-ner … daughter of Debra and Shawn Reigner … has a sister, Peri.

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