PHILADELPHIA University of Pennsylvania women’s lacrosse Head Coach Karin Brower has announced her nine-member Class of 2010.
The class includes Ali Deluca (Hillsborough/Hillsborough, N.J.), Barb Seaman (The Roland Park School/Baltimore, Md.), Courtney Lubbe (Council Rock/Newtown, Pa.), Megan Smith (Downingtown/West Chester, Pa.), Kaileigh Wright (West Morris Mendham/Mendham, N.J.), Emily Szelest (Bethlehem Central/Delmar, N.Y.), Julie Hamilton (The Pingry School/Summit, N.J.), Bethany Warren (West Chester Henderson/Downingtown, Pa.), and Emma Spiro ( Wellesley High School/Wellesley, Mass.).
Deluca, an attacker, was a 2005 All-America Honorable Mention at Hillsborough. A two-time first-team all-area selection as a sophomore and junior and Courier-Post Player of the Year last year, Deluca is expected to make an immediate contribution to the Quaker offense. “This is a kid that will impact our program - she is one of the best lacrosse players I have seen in awhile,” Brower said.
Seaman should be a familiar name to lacrosse fans, as she is the daughter of former Penn and current Towson coach Tony Seaman. An attacker, Seaman is a two-time all-Mid-Atlantic selection and captained her team as a junior. “We are ecstatic that Barb chose Penn over her long list of opportunities,” Brower said. “Barb is 5'11" and a lefty. She has terrific game sense and vision. She is a natural leader and will impact our attack after we lose two of our starting attackers to graduation.”
Lubbe, a midfield/attacker, was named the Courier-Times Player of the Year last spring and was an Academic All-American. A first-team all-league selection, she is also her team’s captain and MVP. “Courtney is a fantastic midfielder - one we believe will be able to impact playing in the midfield position her freshmen year,” Brower said. “This is one of the most focused student-athletes I have ever recruited.”
Smith, an attack/midfielder, comes to Penn from West Chester Henderson, where she was a U.S. All-America selection and an Honorable Mention High School All-American. A two-time First-Team all-Chesmont selection, she is also a standout field hockey player. “Megan has fantastic vision and great hands. She makes people better around her. She is quick to hit the open player, but can also finish,” Brower said.
Wright, a defender/midfielder from West Morris Mendham, was named an Academic All-American and was an all-area performer last year. A true athlete, Wright was a soccer, basketball and lacrosse standout for her school, and won her school’s highest athletic award, the D’Agostino Memorial Athletic Award.
Szelest, the only goalie in the Class of 2010, is an upstate New York standout who was named a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American last year. She is a two-year member of U.S. Lacrosse NYS National Tournament teams, while her high school team has won three-consecutive sectional championships and had two trips to the state final. “Emily will be my first upstate New York student-athlete and I have been trying to get one for years. We are so excited that we will be able to recruit from that area after having her choose us - and even more ecstatic that our first upstate kid is such a superior person as Emily,” Brower said.
Hamilton is a defender from the Pingry School who is expected to compete for a starting position. She is a two-time Camden Courier-Post first team all-area selection. A three-sport athlete along with field hockey and basketball, Brower is excited by her athletic ability. “She is one of the most aggressive defenders I have ever seen in high school,” she said.
Warren, an attacker, is a two-time All-Chesmont honoree whose Downingtown West team won the league last year. She was named to the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania First Team in 2005 and was an Academic All-American, as well.
Spiro comes to Penn after a standout career as one of Massachusetts’ top players. She was named a Bay State First Team All-Star in 2004 and 2005 as well as her team’s MVP. A member of the Massachusetts Elite team, she has also been named to several all-scholastic teams by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
The 2006 edition of the Quakers continues their campaign Wednesday, facing Temple at 7 p.m. on Franklin Field.