Girls lacrosse: Boyertown's Rachel Perry headed to Chestnut Hill

Boyertown Area High School senior Rachel Perry has signed a national letter of intent to play Division II lacrosse at Chestnut Hill College.

Photo by Brian Ludy/pac-10sports.com

Boyertown senior Rachel Perry, flanked by her father Larry and mother Jeannine, signs a national letter of intent to play Division II lacrosse at Chestnut Hill College Monday at the high school. Standing is Boyertown lacrosse coach Pam Wernersbach.

Rachel Perry at a glance

High School: Boyertown

Graduation Year: 2013

Position: Defense

College Choice: Chestnut Hill

Club Affiliation: Dynamite

Parents: Jeannine and Larry Perry, Gilbertsville

Major Athletic Honors: 2012 Mercury All-Area second team defense

Academic: Honor student

College Major: Biology/physical therapy

Why did you choose Chesntut Hill? “Chestnut Hill is close to home, 45 minutes away, and that will give my family the chance to see me play. I was looking at Millersville, too, but this is a better fit for me academically. The classes are small, and you get more attention. Chestnut Hill has a new coach (Chelsea Rosiek) and she is committed to building a strong program.”

Expectations for the upcoming season: “You really get good coaching and a good background at Boyertown. You don’t want to be on the team that ends the streak (9 straight PAC-10 titles and a 124 straight league wins), so there’s a lot of pressure, but Coach Wernersbach tells us not to worry about that. We lost a lot of star players last year, but I think we have enough left to still be on top.”

Other comments: “I think I have pretty good communication skills, and my vision of the field is good. I like working with my teammates. I think I should have the chance to play as a freshman.”

Boyertown coach Pam Wernersbach: “Rachel has been a three-year starter for us and she’s played primarily on defense, but I think she’ll be used as a midfielder in college. She has a motor that doesn’t quit, and she’s always engaged and involved with what we’re doing. Rachel isn’t a vocal leader, but she leads by what she does on the field. We never had to worry about her doing the right thing. I think she’ll have an excellent chance of making an immediate impact at Chestnut Hill.”