May 19, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal has announced the signing of two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse for the Terps beginning with the 2005-06 school year. The players join the eight who signed with Maryland in the fall.
Giving the coach signatures are: Gwen Birnkrant (Rumson, N.J.) and Jacquelyn Bradley (Columbus, Ohio).
Birnkrant and Bradley join Jenny Collins (Lansdale, Pa.), Mindy Jones (Annapolis, Md.), Sally Mancini (Ocean City, Md.), Alex Mavris (Pasadena, Md.), Maeve McKew (Glen Arm, Md.), Kate McWilliams (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), Meghan Mulford (Towson, Md.), Kearny Raver (Laurel, Md.) as the incoming freshman class.
"We are excited to add two defenders of the caliber of Gwen and Jacquelyn to our team," head coach Cindy Timchal said. "They both bring dynamic talents that mesh well with the other incoming players as well as the rest of our team."
Bios for the 2005-06 spring signees:
Rumson, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton
Two-time team captain at The Hun School of Princeton ... defender who led her team to a 12-3 record as a junior ... plays club for the Tri-State Black All-Stars ... also excels at tennis ... two-time team captain and earned the Coach's Award ... won a state championship, silver medal in county and was named all-prep in tennis in 2003-04 ... chose Maryland over Johns Hopkins and Lafayette.
Timchal on Birnkrant: "Gwen is an athletic defender who adds size to our defense. The footwork she has developed through tennis is a tremendous asset that is critical to defending. We are glad she will continue her progress as a player with us."
Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington HS
Four-year starter on defense at Upper Arlington High in Ohio ... helped the team to state championships as a freshman and junior, and a runner-up finish as a sophomore ... was named the state tournament MVP as a junior ... all-state and honorable mention All-America honoree also in 2004 ... is currently leading the undefeated Golden Bears as a team captain during her senior season ... plays club with X Team ... first team All-Galaxy ... will play in the Cup of Nations Tournament this summer with X Team All-Stars.
Timchal on Bradley: "Jacquelyn is an accomplished player who does all of the things necessary to help her team win. We've seen her develop over the years at our camps and know that she is an aggressive player with a lot of talent."