PHILADELPHIA - Following a 13-3 season, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team has announced its class of 2020, bringing in six freshman for the 2016 season. Chelsea Duggan, Alexa Schneck, Alexa Murray, Ava Rosati, Laura Shelton, and Haley Gelberg have all made their commitments to join the Red and Blue.
MEET THE NEW QUAKERS:
Hometown: Huntingdon Valley, Pa.
High School: Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn
Club: Mystx Field Hockey Club
Chelsea Duggan, a four-year letter winner in field hockey and lacrosse and a two-year letter winner in Ice Hockey comes to Penn with four Friends School League field hockey championships under her belt. Duggan served as the field hockey team's captain during the 2015 championship season and was also named Most Valuable Player. She was named to the All-League team in each of her four seasons and participated in the Phila Field Hockey All-Star Game.
In addition to her on-field accomplishments, Duggan served as Class President twice during her freshman and senior years, is a member of the Delta Mu Community Service Club, and is a part of the National Honors Society.
Coach Fink on Duggan: “Chelsea brings a positive energy and spirit to her play. Through her high school and club training she has developed a real love of the game. Chelsea sees lines exceedingly well, has strong technical skill and is a team player first and foremost.”
Proudest Athletic moment: Scoring the winning goal my freshman year in our league championship.
Why Penn? Why not? Penn has an incredible web of connections for all my future scholastic and business endeavors. Everyone on the team is incredibly hard working, driven and enthusiastic about improving their skills and accomplishing their goals.
Hometown: Reading, Pa.
High School: Conrad Weiser
Club: Nook Hockey
Two-years a captain and four years a starter at Conrad Weiser High School, Alex Schneck comes to West Philadelphia as a first-team All-State and All-State All-Academic selection during the 2015 season. Schneck was also selected as first-team All-State her junior year and second-team her sophomore year, on top of being named All-Berks County and All-Division during those seasons. Schneck played in the National Futures Championship three times in 2012, 2014, and 2015 for United States Field Hockey.
Schneck served as class president her final two years at Conrad Weiser and is an active member of FFA. A National Honors Society member, she completed a biomedical internship at Thomas Jefferson University in 2014 and was a part of Conrad Weisers Individualized Biomedical Internship Program in 2015.
Coach Fink on Schneck: “From the moment I saw Alexa play, I knew I wanted her to be a part of my program. She is truly passionate about the game, has a contagious positive attitude, and has all the makings of having a critical role on this team. Alexa is deceptive in her skill, has good speed and agility and is an extremely hard worker. “
Most embarrassing moment: Getting my front tooth knocked out freshman year during a drill because I didn’t wear my mouthguard
Why Penn? From the moment I stepped on campus I knew Penn was where I belonged. The city atmosphere provides multiple opportunities for internships and academic success. Penn is the perfect combination of top-notch education and a highly competitive field hockey team. The coaches could not be more supportive and amazing; I automatically felt welcome on the team and it felt just like a family. I am extremely excited to play for a team that will contend for the Ivy Championship and I couldn’t be more excited for the next four years.
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
High School: Greenwich Academy, Greenwich CT
Club: Element Athletics
A rare five-time letter winner at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Conn., Alexa Murray won two Fairchester Athletic Association League and Tournament Championships in her final two years. She was also a New England Class-A Champion in Alpine Ski Racing in 2012 and golf in 2015. She was twice named to the FAA All-League team in 2014 and 2015 and was an NFHCA Academic All-American in 2015. Murray will enjoy the Ivy League rivalries with three of her teammates joining Ancient Eight schools.
Murray is a part of the Greenwich Academy FIRST FTC robotics team and is a Cum Laude Society member, AP Scholar with distinction, and a National Merit Commended Scholar. Her high school robotics team consistently wins the Connecticut State Championship.
Fink on Murray: Alexa has been driven to achieve her goal of playing at the next level. Through that commitment to her goals, her high work rate, and her willingness to be coached, she has and will continue to develop into a well-rounded and versatile player.
Favorite Quote: "A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she's in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Why Penn? Penn is the perfect combination of everything I am looking for. With strong academics and athletics, I can pursue all my interests at a high level and meet people from all over the world with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
Hometown: Ambler, Pa.
High School: Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Gwynedd Valley, PA
Ava Rosati doesn't just bring four years of experience as the starting goalkeeper at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School where she posted 55 wins and 28 shutouts, was two first-team All-State selections and served as team captain in 2015. She has also spent time with the USA U17 National Junior Women's Indoor Field Hockey Team for its 2014 Germany Tour and the Indoor Can-Am Games in 2015. She was also chosen for the NFC's and Junior Olympics in 2014 and is a two-time level-one Futures Goalkeeper.
Rosati was a four-year Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Academic Scholarship recipient, National Honors Society member, Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Drs. William and Yvonne Brendley Alchemist Award and Scholarship winner, and , Philadelphia Classical SocietyArtistic Recognition Award winner.Fink on Rosati: Ava is a student of the game and I will develop into a strong defensive leader. Ava firmly believes in pushing herself on and off the field. She has a do what it takes attitude in goal that will help her excel at this level.
Proudest athletic moment: Hearing the National Anthem being played when I represented my country in Germany during the USA Indoor Tour.
Why Penn?: I chose Penn not only for its rich tradition, excellent academic opportunities, and diverse community, but also for the knowledgeable and experienced coaching staff.
Hometown: Schwenksville, PA
High School: Perkiomen Valley High School, Schwenksville, PA
Club: WC Eagles
Perkiomen Valley High School's senior captain, Lauren Shelton will also make the trip to the City of Brotherly Love. Shelton scored 21 goals, including five game-winners and 44 assists in 83 games. A two-time All-State selection and team-MVP, she led the PAC-10 in assists her senior year while leading her team to a District I appearance. Shelton was a part of the USA Field Hockey Futures Program in 2013 and 2014.
She is a member of the National Honors Society and a recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for each of the last three years, in addition to coaching and refereeing in the Perkiomen Valley Youth Field Hockey League for the last six years.
Shelton comes from some incredible roots. Her aunt, Karen Shelton, is the field hockey coach at North Carolina and has led the Tar Heels to six NCAA and 19 ACC titles. She was inducted into the Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Shelton's great-uncle, George E. Smith (Penn '55) was the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Fink on Shelton: Never in my career have I received such glowing recommendations of an athlete for their on field contributions as well of their off field leadership. I am ecstatic to have such a quality person and athlete join our program. Laura will contribute defensively and grow into a key player in this program during her career.
Favorite Quote: “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.” - Arnold Palmer
Why Penn? “I knew I would be able to challenge myself and become a better athlete, and a better person, and I love everything about Penn!”
Penn will take part in two spring tournaments before kicking off its fall campaign. The Quakers will host four schools in West Philadelphia on April 2, including national champion Syracuse. They will then head to the University of Delaware on April 9 for another full day of action.
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
High School: Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J.
A two-year letter winner and captain of Blair Academy Field Hockey, Haley Gelberg comes to Penn as an All-MAPL First-team selection in 2014 and a First-team New Jersey Prep A selection in 2014 and 2015. In addition to the goalkeeper's success on the field, she was also named Academic All-MAPL in 2015 and was on Blair;s Commended List for Academic Achievement three times.
Proudest athletic moment: "We were playing our rival school for the last game of the season. Blair had not come close to a victory in years and we were ready for a strong fight. With half of the school cheering on the team, we went into overtime, tied at zero-zero. Although we did not win, I maintained a shutout for the game. We had tied; the closest we had come to a victory in years. After the game, the referee came up to me and handed me the game ball saying, “You deserve this.”"
Why Penn: "Since second grade, I spent many weekends at Franklin Field dreaming of becoming a Quaker myself, and afterthe college search, I believed more than ever that Penn was the right place for me. It is a school that will push me to excel and to lead while delivering unique academic programs in economics and consumer psychology."