WHITEMARSH — Monica Dresnin found the perfect spot.

So there was no reason to wait on her college choice.

The Plymouth Whitemarsh High sophomore attack, who made a verbal commitment to attend Rutgers University back in December, said there hasn't been a moment when she's second-guessed her decision.

"I made a couple of visits in late December, and it came down to a few schools,' said Dresnin, who also considered James Madison and Syracuse, among others. "The recruiting process was fun for me. But I knew, academically and athletically, Rutgers was perfect.

"I liked the coaching staff and its location — I'm close to home — and it's the right place for me.'

For the moment, however, PW is the right place for Dresnin, who figures to be one of the top players on a young and promising Colonials team.

"Monica is good,' said PW head coach Ellen Reilly. "She's been playing club for the past two years (for Ultimate Goal Lacrosse), and she has amazing stick skills and game sense.

"She'll play lower attack for us. But really, she's as good a defender as she is an attacker.'

Oddly enough, Dresnin began her foray into athletics as a dyed-in-the-wool soccer player.

But by the third grade, lacrosse had become her primary activity.

"There was a definite attraction to the sport,' Dresnin said. "I love it because it's real competitive and its fast-paced.


"Plus it's a sport that's growing.'

Dresnin played for Reilly's youth team, the Bulldogs, through fifth and sixth grade, and made an impression.

"She can do it all, on both sides of the field,' Reilly said.

Now it's just a matter of staying healthy.

In seventh grade, Dresnin tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her right knee. After a year of frustration and rehab, she partially tore the ACL in the same knee playing soccer.

"There was a time that I sort of questioned whether or not I'd be able to come back the same as I was before,' she said, "but I had a lot of family support and team support.

"My family pushed me hard to come back, and right now this is the strongest the knee has been since the injury. It was real tough, but everything happens for a reason.'

Dresnin, who lives close to Victory Field, where the Colonials play their games, is a fixture on the turf, continually working to improve her skills.

"I'm there a lot, and the repetition has really helped my lacrosse,' she said.

As for the upcoming season, Dresnin is excited, both for the Colonials' chances and for the realigned Suburban One League, which has moved both Hatboro-Horsham and Abington into the American Conference.

"I'm looking forward to playing teams like that,' Dresnin said. "And it should be a fun challenge for the team.

"We have a good, young team and I'm really excited for the next couple of years.'