PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania Head Coach of Field Hockey, Val Cloud, has announced the incoming class for her program. A total of eight newcomers will grace the Quakers roster in 2006, headlined by Virginia transfer Margaretha Ehret and including seven freshmen.
"The Class of 2010 appears to be the strongest class ever for Penn field hockey," said Cloud, who is entering her 12th season. "Seeing and knowing of their individual and team accomplishments is quite impressive-we have players who have been state champions and High School All-Americans. Some will make an immediate impact to our future success. Also, Virginia transfer and Philadelphia native Margaretha Ehret is now a Quaker and expected to make an immediate impact on the field with her collegiate playing experience. With the addition of our newcomers, and the strength of our returning team, the outlook for Penn field hockey looks good."
Ehret, who played her high school field hockey at Penn Charter, joins the Quakers after a year at the University of Virginia. In addition, Cloud welcomes Katie Burke (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount St. Joseph Academy), Katie Moran (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton), Stephanie Ragg (Rydal, Pa./Penn Charter), Katie Rose (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Kelsey Tahan (Morristown, N.J./Morristown), Lucy Voorhees (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Sarah Warner (Spring House, Pa./Germantown Academy). Rose joins her sister, Meghan, on the Penn squad.
The Quakers -- who went 9-8 last year including a 3-4 mark in the Ivy League -- will begin their season Sept. 2-3 by playing Syracuse and Ohio State in a tournament being hosted by the University of Delaware.
Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy
High School: Garnered first-team all-state honors in 2004 and 2005 ... Named academic all-state in 2004 and 2005 ... Earned honorable mention all-area and all-region in 2004 ... Honorable mention all-state selection in 2003 ... Team won the AACA Championship in 2004 and 2005 and advanced to the district playoffs ... Won a gold medal in the 2004 Keystone Games ... Also played lacrosse.
Personal: Born April 19, 1988 ... Daughter of Kathleen Burke ... Enrolled in the School of Nursing ... Was a high school teammate of current Quakers Jamie Calahan, Kara Bolger and Nina Ferrier.
Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter
2006 (at Virginia): Started nine games for Cavaliers and saw action in 14 ... Scored one goal and added an assist, both in win over Ball State.
High School: Set school record for career at Penn Charter ... A five-year starter for the Quakers ... Won league titles in both 2003 and 2004 ... Earned first-team All-League honors as both a junior and a senior, leading the team in goals, assists and points both seasons ... Earned All-League honorable mention in 2002 ... MVP of the 2003 annual Homecoming Day game and the 2004 squad ... Member of the 2004 National Indoor Tournament Pool B Champions with the Mystx Storm ... Hockey team captain (2004) and served as team captain for both swimming and lacrosse in her senior year.
Personal: Born Feb. 17, 1987 ... Daughter of Lori and Patrick Ehret ... Father played basketball at Duke ... Mother played field hockey at William & Mary.
Oak Hill, Va./Oakton
High School: Named Washington Post All-Met, first-team all-state, Northern Va. Region Player of the Year, district player of the year, First-Team All-State Virginia AAA, First-Team All-Examiner and team MVP in 2005 ... Earned first-team all-state honors in 2004 ... National Honor Society member ... Also played lacrosse and was a member of the 2006 state champions.
Personal: Born June 12, 1988 ... Daughter of Janice and John Moran ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Rydal, Pa./Penn Charter
High School: Name all-league in 2005 ... An NIT participant in 2003 and 2006 ... Team won the league championship in 2003 ... Also lettered four years in lacrosse and swimming ... Earned high-honors for four years ... Cum Laude Society member ... A member of the band and chorus.
Personal: Born July 2, 1988 ... Daughter of Cathie Driscoll and Joseph Ragg ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences ... High school teammate of Margaretha Ehret.
Garden City, N.Y.Garden City
High School: Second-Team NFHCA All-America in 2005 ... Two-time all-state and All-Long Island selection ... Captain of her Empire State Games team that won silver and bronze medals ...Member of Class A New York State champions in 2005 ... Named Most Outstanding Female Athlete at Garden City ... Also played lacrosse ... National Honor Society member and co-President of National Spanish Honor Society.
Personal: Born April 25, 1988 ... Daughter of Rita and James Rose ... Enrolled in Wharton ... Sister, Meghan, is a junior on the Penn field hockey team.
High School: Named first-team all-state, first-team all-group III, all-North Jersey, first-team all-area, first-team all-county, first-team all-conference and Morris County Player of the Year in 2005 ... Earned second-team All-Group IV in 2003 ... An executive member of the student movement against cancer.
Personal: Born Feb. 11, 1988 ... Daughter of Mimi and David Tahan ... Enrolled in Wharton.
Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase
High School: Member of the 2002 and 2004 state champions ... Also played lacrosse and rowed crew ... National Honor Society member ... A National Merit Commended Scholar ... Maryland All-State Orchestra from 2004-06.
Personal: Born July 23, 1987 ... Daughter of Melissa and Ted Voorhees ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences ... High school teammate of Penn goalie Liz Schlossberg.
Spring House, Pa./Germantown Academy
High School: Named First-Team All-Inter-Ac in 2004 and 2005 ... Member of the Inter-Ac League Champions in 2004 and 2005 ... Also played lacrosse ... Earned academic honors.
Personal: Born June 21, 1988 ... Daughter of Rebecca and Grey Warner ... Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences ... Sister, Katie, plays lacrosse at Columbia.