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Field Hockey Announces Addition Of Five For 2014 Season

Carla Tagliente, who enters her fourth season as the head coach at UMass, signed five student-athletes to NLIs for 2014.

Carla Tagliente, who enters her fourth season as the head coach at UMass, signed five student-athletes to NLIs for 2014.

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."

Name: Anne Dijkstra
Height: 5-7
Position: Midfield
Hometown/High School: Huizen, The Netherlands/Goois Lyceum
Club Team: Laren MA1 Mixed Hockey Club
Club Team Coaches: Wilbert Witkamp
Notes: Started competing in field hockey at the age of seven ... Is a defender and midfielder for the Larensche Mixed Hockey Club ... Spent the last five years playing at the highest level of national competition in The Netherlands ... Daughter of Egbert Dijkstra and Jacqueline Ramselaar.



Name: Grace Horgan
Height: 5-5
Position: Defense
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
Height: 5-9
Position: Defense/Midfield
Hometown/High School: Brussels, Belgium/Institut des Soeurs de Notre Dame
Club Team: La Rasante
Club Team Coaches: David Van Rysselberghe and Gregory Gucassoff
Notes: Started competing in field hockey at age five at Baudouin as part of a boys team ... Won the Lille International Tournament as part of Baudouin Mixed Team in 2007 ... Member of the Flanders Provincial Team from 2008-10 as the squad placed second in 2009 and earned the league championship in 2010 ... Member of the U15 Belgium National Team from 2010-11 and the U18 squad in 2012-13 ... Took second at the European U16 Tournament in Valencia in 2012 ... Currently plays midfield for La Rasante in Belgium's Lady's Honors Division ... Daughter of Jean Kreusch and Teresa Nehra ... Has one brother, Mathieu.

Name: Nicole Kuerzi
Height: 5-3
Position: Midfield/Forward
Hometown/High School: Wall Township, N.J./Wall High School
High School Coach: Nancy Gross
Club Team: Jersey Intensity
Club Team Coaches: Nigel Traverso, Richard Cox and Kathleen Stefanelli
Notes: Four-year varsity starter at Wall High School, where she was a captain as a senior ... Scored 61 goals, including seven game-winning tallies, to go with 27 assists during her scholastic career ... Closed out her scholastic career with 15 goals and 14 assists as a senior ... Provided 25 goals and five assists as a junior ... 2013 NFHCA All-Region Team ... Also All-Shore and MSG Varsity First Team in 2013 along with Group Two Second Team ... Second Team All-Shore recipient in 2011 and 2012 ... First Team Monmouth County in 2012 and 2013 after earning a spot on the second team in 2011 ... Four-time honoree on the All-Division listing ... High school team was Central Jersey Group 2 Champions in 2013 and Group 3 Champions in 2010 ... Also earned runners-up finishes in 2011 and 2012 ... Was a divisional champion in 2010, 2011 and 2013 ... Has been named a high honors student seven times at Wall High School ... Is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) ... Daughter of Rick and Nancy Kuerzi ... Has one sibling, Ricky.

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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