PHILADELPHIA - Four student-athletes—Rachel Hartman (Oley, Pa. / Oley Valley), Abbey Lawrence (Edgewater, Md. / South River), Gina Smith (Hammonton, N.J. / St. Joseph’s), Devin Muracco (Washington Twp., N.J. / Washington Twp.) —have signed National Letters of Intent to play field hockey at La Salle University, head coach Michelle Marks announced today.
“As a coaching staff, we are very excited about this incoming class and feel they will be a great compliment to our team,” Marks said. “Each one of them possesses a unique quality that we believe will have a tremendous impact on our program. We would like to welcome Rachel, Abbey, Gina, Devin and their families to the La Salle Field Hockey family.”
Hartman was an all-state goalkeeper at Oley Valley that helped her team to three Division III championships. A four-year letterwinner, Hartman also earned all-county and all-division honors. Her team posted 15 shutouts and allowed 14 goals in 26 games. She played club field hockey for Keystone Bucks Blue and X-Calibur, reaching the National Indoor Tournament three times.
“Rachel is a very talented goalkeeper and has seen great success in her highly competitive high school program and club team,” Marks said. “She has a fantastic attitude and is very excited to develop her talents at this level.”
Lawrence was the captain of the 2012 state championship team for South River and earned all-state honors twice in her career. She was also a three-time Washington Post All-Met pick, including first team as a senior. Lawrence led the county in scoring as a junior and senior and finished her career with 68 goals and 36 assists. She played club field hockey for the Freedom HKY Club.
“Abbey is a natural athlete and has an innate ability to score,” Marks said. “With her feisty and competitive nature, we anticipate her to compliment our offensive unit and create a lot for us on our attack.”
Smith earned all-state honors twice in her career and was four-time all-Atlantic City Press. She helped lead St. Joseph’s to two South Jersey Group I Championships and a pair of appearances in the state title game. Smith played club field hockey with the South Jersey Edge team.
“Gina brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm,” Marks said. “She’s athletic, quick and has great passion for the game. Gina is very excited about becoming an Explorer and we can’t wait to watch her progress over the next four years.”
Muracco was a three-year letterwinner that earned all-state honors as a senior. She was also a two-time all-conference and all-county pick. Muracco scored 15 goals and had 18 assists as a senior and finished her career with 35 goals and 35 assists. She played club field hockey for Spirit of USA.
“Devin is a very well rounded player that makes great decisions on the ball and distributes well,” Marks said. “She comes from one of the best club teams in the country and we look forward to continuing with her success at the collegiate level.”
La Salle opens its season on August 30 at the Hofstra Invitational.