PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey program is adding two a pair of collegiate transfers to its roster for the 2014 season. Claire Kneizys comes to the Quakers from Ivy rival Columbia University, while Nicole Mackin joins the program after two years with the now-defunct Robert Morris program. Mackin will be a junior on this year’s team, while Kneizys will be a sophomore.
Mackin and Kneizys join a program that went 13-4 last year and finished second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 mark. The 13 wins were one shy of the school record, and the most by a Penn field hockey team since 2004. The Quakers will begin the 2014 season with four home games, starting Friday, Sept. 5 when they host Lehigh at 3 p.m.
Newtown Square, Pa.
2013 (at Columbia): Saw action in all 17 games as a freshman, making 10 starts … Second on squad with five defensive saves … NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad member.
High School: Episcopal Academy’s co-captain and winner of the Team of 1994 Award (MVP) for the Churchwomen in 2012… Named First Team All-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line… Second Team All-Delco member … Won PAISA and Inter-Ac League titles in 2012 … Played club with WC Eagles, who took first place at the Disney Showcase in 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Earned Academic High Honors … National Merit Commended student … AP Scholar with honors.
Personal: Daughter of Marie and Christopher Kneizys … Enrolled in the Wharton School of Business.
Coach Fink Says: “I have great insight into Claire’s game, as I have known her for more than six years and was fortunate enough to coach her when she was in the Viper Club organization during her high school days. Claire’s biggest assets are her competitiveness and tenacity. She has great game sense and works tirelessly off the ball. This is reflected in her contributions at Columbia, playing in every game as a freshman and leading the team in defensive saves. She will do anything to keep the ball out of the net. Claire joins the Penn community to pursue a degree in business from Wharton, one of her other true passions.”
2013 (at RMU): Started all 19 games on defense for the Colonials, who went 11-8 in their final season of varsity competition … Had an assist in a 3-0 win over Saint Louis (8/31) … Had a shot on goal against Towson (9/27), and a shot vs. Monmouth (11/3) … Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Academic Honor Roll member.
2012 (at RMU): Saw action in five games as a freshman, starting four … Earned first start in her first collegiate game vs. Villanova (8/24), tallying a defensive save … Attempted two shots at Saint Francis (10/28) … Northeast Conference (NEC) Fall Academic Honor Roll member.
Personal: Daughter of Cheryl Miles and Craig Mackin … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fink Says: “Nicole brings a great deal of experience as a transfer student, playing and starting in all of her games as a sophomore at Robert Morris and making it all of the way to the MAAC championship. With the unfortunate discontinuation of Robert Morris’ field hockey program, we are very happy that Nicole was able to find a home here at Penn. RMU’s former coach, Olivia Netzler, had nothing but positive feedback regarding Nicole’s leadership and work rate.”