Egg Harbor Township High School's Morgan Snodgrass considered schools in NCAA Divisions I, II and III before deciding where to play college field hockey next year.
Snodgrass, a rising senior at EHT, finally chose West Chester University (Pa.), the two-time national Division II champions. The 17-year-old forward/midfielder has verbally committed to West Chester and will receive a partial athletic scholarship.
"I had to decide if I wanted to play Division I, or be on a team that had a shot at a national championship," Snodgrass, an EHT resident, said. "I picked the best of Division II."
The Rams, of West Chester, Pa., compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and are coached by former Mainland Regional High School goalie Amy Cohen. West Chester went 20-2 last fall, beating the University of Massachusetts-Lowell 5-0 in the Division II tournament title game.
The Rams are ranked No. 1 in Division II in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll.
"I'm so excited to play for (Cohen)," Snodgrass said. "I've been to a lot of clinics and tournaments there since my freshman year. I know many girls on the team very well. I'm really excited to play for them. The girls there are all close with each other, and that's why they jell and have great success."
Snodgrass also visited Division I Fairfield University (Conn.), Division II Bentley University (Mass), and Division III Fairleigh-Dickinson-Madison.
"The campus at West Chester is gorgeous," Snodgrass said. "It's older, but they've added on to it. There's a little town right near there with a lot of shops."
Egg Harbor Township was 13-6 last year and the Eagles won their eighth straight Cape-Atlantic League American Conference Division I championship. Snodgrass, a starter since her freshman year, scored 12 goals and was a second-team Press All-Star.
"Morgan is definitely a leader on and off the field, and the girls look up to her," EHT coach Jen Costa said. "She's a controlled player with good stickwork. She knows exactly what to do with the ball. She'll definitely do a lot of scoring for us this year. I'm not sure if she'll be a forward or a midfielder for us. We'll use her where we need her, and she understands that."
West Chester's roster includes rising sophomore Kelsey Cheek, an Oakcrest graduate and a friend of Snodgrass.
Cohen has coached the Rams for two years and has two national titles and a 37-6 mark. She also coached Division III Susquehanna University for five years and has a seven-year overall record of 79-56. Cohen started for four years at goalie for Lafayette College after graduating from Mainland in 1998.
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