PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey program is pleased to welcome six freshmen to campus this coming fall, making up the Class of 2019. The six players are – Selena Garzio, Reina Kern, Paige Meily, Rachel Mirkin, Sofia Palacios, and Karen Seid.
“We are thrilled to welcome six high-achieving, talented, and passionate athletes to our Penn Field Hockey family,” said Head Coach Colleen Fink.
“We knew how important this class was for the continued success of this program. We feel confident this group of young women brings the competitiveness and grit that is necessary to be part of an Ivy League Championship caliber team. “
The six incoming players hail from five different states - Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
The newcomers will join a team that has 21 wins in the last two years, and an 8-9 overall record and 3-4 Ivy League record a season ago.
Meet the Penn Field Hockey Class of 2019
Hometown: Hazelton, Pa.
High School: Hazelton Area H.S.
Lettered in field hockey four years, and track & field three years … Served as a team captain senior year … Helped lead Hazelton to four Pa. District 2 appearances (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) … Earned PHSFHCA First-team All-State (2012, 2013, 2014) … Named PHSFHCA Honorable Mention (2011) … Hazelton’s all-time leading scorer (76 goals, 32 assists) … Named team MVP (2013) … Named team offensive MVP (2011, 2012) … Named team defensive MVP (2014) … WVC Coaches Choice All-Star Team (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) … WVC Division 2 leading scorer (2011, 2012) … Times-Leader All-Star team (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) … Member of USA Field Hockey U-19 Indoor National Team (2013-14, 2014-15) … Played in USFHA National Indoor Tournament (2008-2015) … Played Futures Level 1 (2012-2015) … Future Elite Academy (2015) … NFC Selection (2010-2014) … AAU Junior Olympian (2011-2013) … Helped track & field team to District 2 titles (2013, 2014) … Pa. District 2 High Jump Champion … Pa. District Champion Award and State Participant (2013) … Pa. District Medalist (2012) … Times-Leader All-Star team (2013)
Coach Fink on Selena: “Selena is an impact type of player. She has great deception, vision and game sense. She will provide a strong foundation in the backfield for the team and act as an anchor for a youthful team. Selena’s agility, speed and footwork are rare to find in an athlete with her size and reach. Her high level playing experience will allow her to be prepared coming into an established program with a competitive schedule and far reaching goals.”
Hometown: Princeton, N.J.
High School: The Hun School of Princeton
Lettered four years in field hockey, three years in swimming, and two years in lacrosse … Served as a team captain her senior year in field hockey and swimming … Earned Central Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association First-team (2014) … Named CJFHCA Honorable Mention (2011, 2012, 2013) … Named to the N.J. Prep ‘A’ All-Star team (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) … Holds the Hun School field hockey saves record (826 career saves) … Hun Field Hockey Coaches Award recipient (2014) … Hun Michele Bonacci Marks Leadership Award winner (2014) … Earned the Hun Iron Woman Award (2011, 2012, 2014) … N.J. Star Ledger Field Hockey Prep League First-team (2013, 2014) … N.J. Star Ledger Field Hockey Prep League Second-team (2011, 2012) … Princeton Packet First-team (2014) … Futures Elite (2013-15) … National Futures Championships (2009-2014) … Spirit of USA National Field Hockey Festival U-19 Gold Medal (2011-13) … Spirit of USA National Indoor Tournament (2009-2015) … Spirit of USA National Indoor Tournament U-19 Gold Medal (2015) … Spirit of USA National Indoor Tournament U-16 Gold Medal (2012) … Spirit of USA National Club Championships U-16 Gold Medal (2012) … Spirit of USA Disney Field Hockey Showcase (2009-2014) … Spirit of USA Disney Field Hockey Showcase Gold Medal (2014) … Spirit of USA Disney Field Hockey Showcase Silver Medal (2012) … AAU Junior Olympics Bronze Medal (2012) … NFHCA High School All-Academic Squad (2014-15) … Mid-Atlantic Prep League All-Academic Athletic Award (2011, 2012).
Coach Fink on Reina: “You always want to compose your team of athletes that knew they wanted to play at Penn and for you the minute they stepped on campus. That embodies Reina Kern. Reina has great size, speed, and passion for the game. At Hun she started for four years and faced record breaking shots and plays at a very high level club program. We suspect Reina to be very successful at Penn.”
Hometown: State College, Pa.
High School: State College Area H.S.
Lettered three years in field hockey … Served as team captain her senior season … Helped lead team to a 14-6-1 record and the PIAA District 6 Championship and PIAA West Regional Championship (2012) … Pa. Second-team All-State (2014) … Named Pa. All-State Honorable Mention (2013) … Mid-Penn First-team All-Star (2013, 2014) … PennLive Second-team All-Star (2013, 2014) … State College Area H.S. Heart of the Lion Award recipient (2014) … State College Area H.S. Outstanding Player Award (2013) … State College Area H.S. Deborah Ann Klingler Award winner (2011) … True North Academy National Field Hockey Festival Champions (2014) … Keystone Games, Nittany Region, Silver Medalist (2014) … Centre Daily Times Athlete of the Week (2014) … State College Blue Lions Field Hockey Club (2011-15).
Coach Fink on Paige: “Paige's quiet confidence and relaxed nature make her a very even keeled athlete and allows her to perform in high pressure situations while minimizing mistakes. Paige relies on her fundamentals and understanding of the team to fit into a team system.”
Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.
High School: New Trier H.S.
Lettered two years in field hockey, and also played soccer and competed in track & field … Served as team captain her senior season in field hockey … Helped New Trier win the 2014 state championship and led the team to a 25-2-1 overall record … Led team to the 2014 Gateway Classic Championship … In 2013, helped lead New Trier to a state championship runner-up finish … Named to the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association All-State team (2014) … Named New Trier field hockey team MVP (2014) … Finished as the top scorer on her team in 2014 (31 goals, 19 assists) … Named Illinois High School Athletic Association All-Academic … Recognized as a Central Suburban League Scholar Athlete … Named a 2015-16 Illinois State Scholar.
Coach Fink on Rachel: “Being the captain, high scorer, and MVP of your high school state championship team speaks volumes about the quality of athlete and leader Rachel is. Her energy and excitement to be a Quaker will be infectious on the Penn team.”
Hometown: Herndon, Va.
High School: Herndon H.S.
Lettered four years in field hockey, two years in soccer, and a year in tennis … Served as a team captain in field hockey … Led Herndon to a VHSL Conference 5 championships, with a 19-3 record, the first for the school in 35 years … Named First-team All-State (2014) … Named Second-team All-State (2013) … Named All-State Honorable Mention (2012) … Named First-team All-Region (2012, 2013, 2014) … Named First-team All-District (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) … Led Herndon in scoring in 2014 (24 goals, 30 assists), earning No. 1 ranking in scoring in Washington Post All-Metro … USFHA Futures (2012-15) … USFHA Futures Junior Olympic participant (2012, 2013) … NFC selection (2012-2014) … USFHA Disney Field Hockey Showcase Champions (2012) … USFHA Disney Field Hockey Showcase Runners-Up (2013) … USFHA Disney Field Hockey Showcase Bronze Medal (2013).
Coach Fink on Sofia: “Sofia will bring great speed and athleticism to our program. She is versatile in her skill set, but will be looked upon to contribute on the front line. Sofia has grown tremendously as a player and had a break out senior year.”
Hometown: Mamaroneck, N.Y.
High School: Mamaroneck H.S.
Lettered three years in field hockey … Served as a team captain in field hockey … Helped Mamaroneck win the 2014 New York State Championship, with a 21-1-0 overall record … Led Mamaroneck to the league championship (2012, 2013, 2014) … Won the 2013 sectional championship … Named NFHCA High School Third-team All-American (2014) … Named NFHCA New York Regional All-American (2014) … Selected as New York Section 1 Player of the Year (2014) … Named as an All-Region Northeast Team selection (2014) … Named an All-State selection (2013, 2014) … Named an All-Elite selection (2013, 2014) … Selected all-league (2012, 2013, 2014) … MSG Varsity First-team selection (2013, 2014) … Westchester Journal News All-Star selection (2013, 2014) … Futures Level 1 selection (2013, 2014) … USA Field Hockey National Futures Championships (2013, 2014) … Junior Olympic selection (2013) … Earned the Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award (2014) … Received the N.Y. State Section 1 Golden Dozen Award for Field Hockey and Academics (2014).
Coach Fink on Karen: “Karen is the selfless worker that every successful team needs. She is willing to make the thankless runs, making the assist instead of the goal, and is the ultimate team supporter. She will be a friend and ally to all of her teammates, all while contributing to the overall team goals.”