"The incoming freshmen are looking forward to their careers at Penn, both on and off the field," said Fink, who was hired from Haverford College in April and will coach her first season with the Quakers this fall. "They chose Penn for many reasons and are eager to become a part of the Penn Field Hockey family. Given their previous athletic and academic achievements, I am excited about the role the Class of 2014 will play in defining University of Pennsylvania Field Hockey."
Of particular note, Penn's incoming field hockey class features two women whose older sisters have been involved in the program. Julie Tahan will following the footsteps of her older sister, Kelsey, who graduated in May and was one of the Quakers' captains as well as their scoring co-leader last fall. Olivia Olt, meanwhile, is the younger sister of Caroline Olt who will be a junior on this year's squad.
Morristown, N.J./Oak Knoll School
High School: Lettered four times in field hockey and twice in track ... Captain of field hockey team in 2009 ... Member of three state and county champion and four conference champion field hockey teams ... Missed two seasons to injury ... Second-team all-state in 2008 ... First-team all-county, all-conference, All-Group 1, and North Jersey in 2008 ... Third-team all-county in 2006 ... Won U-19 gold medal at 2008 National Hockey Festival, U-16 gold in 2005 and 2006 ... Futures Level 1 (U-19) in 2009 ... Silver medal at 2008 Junior Olympics ... Cum Laude Society member ... National Merit Commended Student ... AP Scholar with Honors ... Science and Spanish Honor Societies member ... Math League ... Athletic Council President as a senior.
Personal: Daughter of Eve and Eric Benvenuti ... Has an older brother, Michael, and a younger sister, Teresa ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Manchester, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional
High School: Lettered in field hockey, lacrosse and tennis ... Captain of field hockey as a senior, team went 20-1-1 overall ... Played for three Cape Ann League championship teams in field hockey ... 2009 Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year ... Two-time all-league and All-Star ... 2008 all-league in tennis ... 2009 team MVP in lacrosse ... Class Vice President junior and senior years ... Student Council member ... Wellesley Cup recipient as a junior.
Personal: Daughter of Tory Carlson and Jon Cohen ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Garden City, N.Y./Garden City
High School: Lettered four times in field hockey and three times in lacrosse ... Played on two state championship teams, in 2006 and 2008, both times going 24-0 overall ... Team was state finalist in 2007 (23-1) and state semifinalist in 2009 (22-1) ... Three-time all-league and all-conference ... 2009 all-state ... 2008 all-county ... Honorable mention all-county in 2007 ... Three-year player at National Futures Championship ... Silver medalist at 2008 Empire State Games ... Played for travel clubs CNY and Strong Island ... Also played on two state championship lacrosse teams (2008, 2009), going 24-0 both of those seasons ... Academic All-America in 2009 ... National Honor Society member ... National Merit Scholar Commended Student ... Four-year member of the Principal's List ... Three-time gold medalist on the National Latin Exam.
Personal: Daughter of Michele and Kevin Harrington ... Older brother, Brendan, rows lightweight crew at Yale ... Will enroll in Wharton.
Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional
High School: Lettered three times in field hockey (captain as a senior) and twice in softball ... Helped field hockey team to three division and conference titles, two sectional crowns, and the 2009 State Group 1 championship and runner-up at the Tournament of Champions (23-1 overall) ... Two-time first-team all-division ... First-team County Shore Conference in 2008, second team in 2009 ... First-team All-Group 1 in 2008, third-team in 2009 ... Won team's Academic Award and Pam Segner Leadership Award in 2009 ... Also helped softball win divisional titles in 2007 and 2008 ... Played for Jersey Intensity club team ... Class valedictorian ... National Honor Society member ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Shore Players Theatre Club, highlighted by three Count Basie Award nominations and one win ... Student Council member ... New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Athlete Award.
Personal: Daughter of Colleen and Martin Middough ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Hershey, Pa./Lower Dauphin
High School: Lettered two times in both field hockey and soccer ... Captain of field hockey team ... Helped field hockey to 2009 PIAA AAA state championship, 2008 district title, and 2008 Mid-Penn League crown ... Soccer team won PIAA AAA state title in 2009 ... In field hockey, also competed in Futures program from 2006-10, the National Festival in 2007 and 2008, and the National Indoor Tournament in 2010 ... National Merit Scholarship Commended Student ... Class Council President ... National Honor Society member ... Also National French and English Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Leslie and George Olt ... Joins her older sister, Caroline, on the Penn field hockey team ... Uncle, Thomas Parent, played ice hockey at Notre Dame ... Will enroll in Wharton.
Shavertown, Pa./Wyoming Seminary
High School: Four-year letterwinner and captain for both field hockey and lacrosse ... Helped field hockey to 2006 and 2008 PIAA AA state titles ... First-team all-state ... Academic all-state ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Played for U-19 pool champion at National Festival ... President's Award for Outstanding Service ... Iscovitz Memorial Good Sportsmanship Award ... Cum Laude Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Penny and Larry Stirewalt ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
High School: Lettered four times and captain for both field hockey and softball ... In field hockey, earned first-team all-county, Star Ledger first team, and Daily Record first team honors in 2009 ... In softball, second-team all-county in 2008 ... Spanish Honor Society member, served as President.
Personal: Daughter of Mimi and David Tahan ... Older sister, Kelsey, lettered in field hockey at Penn from 2007-09 and was one of last year's captains ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.