Field Hockey Announces Addition Of Five For 2014 Season
Feb. 6, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts field hockey program and head coach Carla Tagliente announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Thursday, Feb. 6. The talented group features student-athletes from three countries, including the United States, Belgium and The Netherlands, who have combined to compete at the highest levels, nationally and internationally.
Anne Dijkstra (Huizen, The Netherlands) spent the previous five years competing in the top league within The Netherlands while Grace Horgan (Centreville, Va.) led Westfield High School to one Virginia state title, two regionals championships and a trio of district crowns. Melanie Kreusch (Brussels, Belgium) has competed with the Belgium National Program since 2010 and Nicole Kuerzi (Wall Township, N.J.) finished her scholastic career at Wall High School with 149 points on 61 goals and 27 assists. To cap the quintet, Mirra Stillman (Paradise, Calif.) earned the EAL Offensive Player of the Year Award while competing for Chico High School in 2013.
"We are very excited to welcome our 2014 incoming class," Tagliente said. "All five young women have demonstrated success on the field and in the classroom. Additionally, all five share a passion for the game and for this school. UMass is a special place. I am excited about what we have done here over the course of the past few years, but more importantly, I am excited about where we are going. These five believe in our vision and will help raise the standard of excellence."
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Name: Grace Horgan
Hometown/High School: Centreville, Va./Westfield High School
High School Coach: Starr Karl
Club Team: Rampage Virginia
Club Team Coaches: Leah Conte and Starr Karl
Notes: Won a state title and earned three district and two regional championships with the Westfield High School Bulldogs ... Virginia Senior All-Star Team in 2013 ... First Team All-District, All-Region and All-State honoree ... Washington Post All-Met Team ... Earned a Second Team All-District nod as a junior ... Won a U16 title at the Disney Showcase as a member of Rampage Virginia before taking in the U19 Festival Championship in 2013 ... Helped guide Westfield High School to three appearances in the state tournament ... Also a lauded member of the Westfield Hockey School girl's lacrosse team where she has played varsity all four seasons and was named received Second Team All-District as a junior ... Also a scholar-athlete at Westfield High School and member of the honor roll ... Daughter of Tim and Rebecca Horgan ... Has two siblings, Alex and Sarah.
Name: Melanie Kreusch
Name: Nicole Kuerzi
Name: Mirra Stillman Height: 5-5 Position: Midfield Hometown/High School: Paradise, Calif./Chico High School High School Coaches: Darcy Pollak Club Team: Davis Mad Cows Club Team Coaches: Sandie Marotti-Huckins Notes: Team captain for Chico High School Panthers in 2013, when she earned EAL Offensive Player of the Year, All-League and All-Tournament Team honors ... Also named EAL All-League and All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2012 ... Competed in the Futures National Tournament in 2012 and 2013 ... Earned Enterprise Record Prep Athlete of the Week and Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week in October 2013 ... Exchange Club Student of the Month in November 2013 ... Daughter of Josh and Karen Stillman ... Has two siblings, Eli and Jennah.
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