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Squan’s Shea Cowley commits to Duquesne

February 1, 2013

MANASQUAN — There were a  handful of colleges that appealed to Manasquan’s Shea Cowley as she searched for the right place to continue her lacrosse career.

None of them, however, gave the junior the same warm feelings she felt when  stepping on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

It is for that very reason Cowley recently gave a verbal commitment to play for the Dukes following her graduation from Manasquan.

For Cowley, Duquesne was the perfect place to continue her lacrosse career. What stood out most, she said, was the university’s unique campus and also the camaraderie she saw between current members of the Dukes’ roster.

“I really loved Duquesne, it is such a different campus,” Cowley said on Monday.  “It is in the middle of the city, but when you are on campus you wouldn’t even know it.

“I also loved all the girls on the team,” she continued.  “You could tell they were really there for each other and really into [the game].  They all seemed so close.”

 Though she is relieved the recruiting process is over, Cowley was honored to be sought out for her playing services by several programs, such as Sienna College in Loudonville, N.Y., The University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vt., and  Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa., to name a few.

Cowley’s quick climb to Division I athlete is impressive. She did not begin playing lacrosse until eighth grade and has only been with her club team, T3 Lacrosse, since just prior to her sophomore season.

“It is great. When I started playing lacrosse I really loved it,” said Cowley, who also plays soccer for the Warriors. “I am really honored and really grateful to be playing at the next level.”

Cowley is excited for the next chapter of her life at Duquesne, but is also looking forward to her final two years at Manasquan High School.

She hopes to win championships with the Warriors, while improving her all around game in order to be ready to join the Dukes in the competitive Atlantic 10 Conference.

“I am going to work hard to get ready for the next level,” she said.

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