PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey program is pleased to welcome the addition of six new Quakers to a team that finished 13-4 overall, and 5-2 in the Ivy League a season ago.
"Coming on the heels of one of the most successful seasons in program history, it was hugely important that we brought in a competitive and talented class," said head coach Colleen Fink. "The Penn Field Hockey Class of 2018 is one of the strongest classes in the country and Ivy League, and will complement the direction the program is headed."
After losing four seniors to graduation, Penn are scheduled to return as many as nine letterwinners for the 2014 season.
Meet the Penn Field Hockey Class of 2018
Hometown: Montclair, N.J.
High School: Montclair Kimberley Academy
Lettered in field hockey and basketball four years, softball three years and lacrosse one year … Served as field hockey and basketball team captain … Helped lead Montclair Kimberley to three NJISAA Prep B State championships (2010, 2012, 2013) and one sectional championship (2012) ... Named a 2013 National High School All-American and National High School Academic All-American … Earned NFHCA Regional All-American honors in 2012 and 2013 … Set school record for career points (52 goals, 79 assists) … First-team All-NJ State Prep B League (2011, 2012, 2013) … First-team Essex/Union Conference, First team All-Super Essex Conference Honors, First-team All-Group One and All-Essex County (2012, 2013) … Selected to play in the NJFHCA Senior All-Star Game … In basketball her team won the 2011 SEC Independence division championship … Named first-team All-Conference in 2012 and 2013 … Scored her 1000th point during the 2013 season.
Coach Fink on Gina: Gina is a fierce, competitive and strong overall athlete. I think she will bring a great spark to this team, as well as a drive to win championships. Gina is a versatile player who will greatly benefit from focusing her talent as a collegiate player.
Hometown: Wilton, Conn.
High School: Wilton H.S.
Lettered in field hockey four years, and ice hockey two years … Served as field hockey team captain senior year … Helped Wilton claim three consecutive M-Class state championships (2011, 2012, 2013), while amassing a team record of 74-10 over her four years at Wilton … Scored 47 career goals, with 60 assists … Named NFHCA second-team All-American in 2012 and 2013 … First-team All-State in Connecticut (2012, 2013) and second-team All-State (2011) … Southern New England All-Regional team (2012, 2013) … Connecticut All-State Scholar Athlete (2013) … M-Class state championship game MVP (2012, 2013) … MSG Connecticut Varsity Player of the Year (2013) … MSG Connecticut Varsity first-team selection (2012, 2013) … Fairfield County First-Team (2011, 2012, 2013) … Futures Elite selection (2013, 2014) ... AAU Junior Olympic Silver Medalist (2012).
Coach Fink on Madison: Madison is very eager to play at the next level. She has great field presence and a counter attacking mentality in the backfield. Madison is vocal and confident and brings a tradition of winning from her high school program.
Hometown: Collegeville, Pa.
High School: Methacton H.S.
Lettered in field hockey four years and served as team captain … Helped lead her team to four Pennsylvania District One appearances, one PAC-10 championship game, and one PAC-10 semifinal game … 2013 Times-Herald Field Hockey Player of the Year … PHSFCA first-team All-State (2013) … PHSFCA All-State honorable mention (2012) … Three-time PAC-10 first-team All-Conference … 2013 PAC-10 All-Academic selection … Three-time Times-Herald first-team All-Area … Three-time Pottstown Mercury first-team All-Area … Three-time team offensive MVP … Scored 96 career goals, while tallying 24 assists … 2013 Methacton Field Hockey Scholar Athlete Awared … Gladiator NFHCA H.S. Academic Squad (2012, 2013) … 2012 Junior Olympic field hockey selection … 2012 USA field hockey Pennsylvania Futures Elite … Two-time National Futures championship selection and medal winner … Member of U-19 Women’s Indoor National Team (2012-2014), and 2013 Germany touring squad ... Played for U-19 Viper Field Hockey team that received gold medals at NIT's and the Disney Field Hockey Showcase.
Coach Fink on Alexa: Alexa has far reaching goals both personally and at the team level, and she plans on achieving them. She has a great knack for scoring but is also a very selfless player. She can score from far out and in close, and is also a workhorse on the open field. After knowing her personally for the past eight years I am confident that her passion for the game, partnered with talented players around her, will allow her to continue to grow.
Hometown: East Brunswick, N.J.
High School: East Brunswick H.S.
Lettered in field hockey four years, and track & field three years … Served as captain for field hockey team senior year, and track team junior and senior year … Helped East Brunswick win Greater Middlesex Conference championship in 2011 and finalist in 2010, 2012, and 2013 … Greater Middlesex Conference Offensive Player of the Year (2013) … NJFHCA Group IV first-team (2012, 2013) and second team (2011) … Star Ledger All-Group Four second-team (2013) … Star Ledger All Middlesex first-team (2011, 2012, 2013) … Named East Brunswick’s Outstanding Female Athlete in her sophomore and junior year … Selected to play in the NJFHCA Senior All-Star Game … In track holds the East Brunswick school record in long jump … Greater Middlesex Conference All-Conference selection and All-Star team (2013) … Home News Tribune All-Area (2013), Honorable Mention (2012).
Coach Fink on Rachel: One might describe Rachel as a bit of a “sleeper” but after scoring several career high school goals I feel she has some real potential to contribute and will allow us to have some offensive depth initially. I think her game is broad and I see her developing so that she is able to play anywhere on the field during her career at Penn.
Hometown: Stamford, Conn.
High School: Stamord H.S.
Lettered in field hockey and lacrosse for four years … Served as team captain in both her senior year … Helped her team win the West Division championship in 2010-2011 … Named first-team All-State in her junior and senior year (2012, 2013) … First-team All-FCIAC junior and senior year (2012, 2013) … Named Stamford’s team MVP (2012, 2013) … Named FCIAC All-West selection in 2011 and Honorable Mention in 2010 … Participated in the 2012 Junior Olympics … In lacrosse, named FCIAC Honorable Mention and Stamford team MVP in 2012.
Coach Fink on Jasmine: Jasmine is driven and disciplined. After being selected early in her career to Junior National Camp and extended an invitation to tryout for the U-17 National Team, she saw first-hand the talent and competitiveness of the country’s best high school players. Despite being one of those players, she pulled from the experience motivation to improve her game dramatically. She works tirelessly and is intrinsically motivated to be the best version of herself and achieve her goals.
Hometown: Severna Park, Md.
High School: Severna Park H.S.
Lettered for three years in field hockey … Helped Sevema Park claim the 2013 and 2011 Maryland Class 4 A state championships … NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region team (2013) … Named first-team All-State in 2013 … Capital Gazette Player of the Week Honorable Mention (2013) … Three-time Junior Olympian ... U.S. Women’s Junior National Indoor Field Hockey team (2012, 2013).
Coach Fink on Elizabeth: Elizabeth is a critical piece to the future of Penn Field Hockey’s success. Having a strong and experienced goalkeeper is imperative to winning an Ivy League Championship, and that is what I feel we have with Mata. Due to her training at the U.S. level and on her highly successful high school team, I believe she is tactically and fundamentally sound.