SHP sending 22 student-athletes off to the college ranks

Sacred Heart Prep will send 12 or more student-athletes to play at the intercollegiate level for the eighth consecutive year. The school's Class of 2014 boasts 22 headed to the collegiate ranks, marking the third time in the past five years a graduating class has sent 20 or more.

"We are truly in the midst of a very special time for the athletic programs at Sacred Heart Prep," said SHP Athletic Director Frank Rodriguez. "A big piece of that equation is the matriculation of our student-athletes to collegiate programs. It is remarkable to send 22 student-athletes to play their respective sport at the next level considering the size of our graduating is 136."

SHP students will be attending colleges across the United States playing nine different sports ranging from NCAA Division I to III.

The largest contingent of seven Gators will continue their athletic pursuits in water polo. On the men's side, Harrison Enright will head to nearby Stanford to join a team that finished third at NCAAs in 2013, while Phillippe Marco suits up for conference rival Pepperdine.

Four of the five women water polo players have signed on with programs in Southern California in: Morgan McCracken at reigning SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer, Kelly Moran with 2014 NCAA runner-up UCLA, Cailin Stuewe at national powerhouse USC, and Camille Zelinger will look to bolster Claremont-McKenna's lineup.

Traveling out of state to play water polo is Sarah Pursley, who heads to 2014 CWPA Division III champion Connecticut College.

Caroline Cummings leads the quartet set to play lacrosse, as she joins 2014 Ivy League champion and NCAA tournament participant Penn.

On the men's side, Frankie Hattler heads to 2014 DIII NCAA tournament participant and NESCA champion Tufts, Sean Mayle will join last season's NCAA Final Four participant and 2014 Big East champion Denver, and Jack Wise signs on to a veteran-laden Regis (Mass.) squad.

Bradley Knox and Taylor Oliver both are headed to play golf at 2014 Pac-12 champion Stanford and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.

Coming off their 2013 CCS Division IV championship, Andrew Segre and Paul Westcott will play at rival schools, joining the Claremont-McKenna and Pomona-Pitzer football programs, respectively.

Joining solid Division III soccer programs are Will Mishra, who heads to a nationally ranked Washington University in St. Louis team, while Maddie Morgan will play at 2014 NCAA semifinalist Middlebury.

SHP sends a pair of rowers to the collegiate ranks, as Marshall Cyrus will matriculate at George Washington and Lauren Mohrman has signed with San Diego.

Rounding out the Gators moving to the next level are Meghan Holland, Ally Howe and Chris Lee. Holland heads to Smith to play women's basketball, Howe joins a Stanford swimming and diving team that has placed in the top-eight nationally the last 32 consecutive seasons, and Lee will play baseball at Vassar.

"It is a real testament to our student-athletes, their parents, their coaches and our faculty and staff, as they all have played a major part in this process," said Rodriguez. "We are extremely proud of this group who has worked so hard on the field and in the classroom, and we're excited what the future holds for each and every one of them."

— Sacred Heart Prep Athletics


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