Field Hockey

Field Hockey Announces 2006 Recuiting Class

Patty Shea signed four student-athletes to national letter of intent.

Patty Shea signed four student-athletes to national letter of intent.

March 23, 2006

AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts head field hockey coach Patty Shea has announced that Ann DeSanctis (Louisville, Ky.), Cher King (Christ Church, Barbados), Amy Novak (Annandale, Va.) and Nancy Wagenbrenner (Leuna, Germany) have each signed a National Letter of Intent and join the team this fall.

"I am extremely excited about the talented group of individuals in the class of 2010 joining the UMass Field Hockey Program, said Shea. "Collectively, this group brings a wealth of knowledge, game savory, skills and athleticism that will complement our already outstanding group of returning players to the program. The strength of these four signees lies within their tremendous playing experiences and their athleticism. They have all taken advantage of playing and development opportunities giving them all the chance to mature both tactically and skillfully. This group enters the UMass Field Hockey Program at one of the highest levels of hockey in recent years. Academically, all four are driven and strive to the standard of excellence that is exhibited by the UMass Field Hockey Program."

DeSanctis is from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky. She has tallied 14 goals and 16 assists thus far while being named a Scholar-Athlete as a senior. DeSanctis was a first-team Coaches All-State pick as a senior in addition to being named to the Kentucky All-Tournament team. She led her senior year team to a second-place finish in the state Tournament. As a junior, she was the recipient of the 110 percent Award while also being named a lacrosse Academic All-American.

"DeSanctis comes in as a defender, but has the ability to play midfield for us," said Shea. She brings a fierce competitiveness to the game and is an outstanding athlete who will bring a tremendous amount of speed, strength and agility to the field. Ann is a selfless athlete willing to do whatever it takes to put the team in the ultimate position to be successful. She is a knowledgeable player that we expect to see and play the game at a high level."

King is from St. Ursula's School in Christ Church, Barbados where she played for three years. She is currently a member of the Barbados National Senior team which is participating in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, King was a member of the Combermere School hockey team and was named MVP of the Barbados Indoor Hockey Classic. She scored 10 goals, the most on the team, at the National Sports Council Indoor Schools Tournament. She was also named MVP of the tournament. As a member of the Barbados U-21 Junior National Team, she scored five goals and the Pan Am Games. In 2003, King was a member of the U-21 National Team that won the Banks International Hockey Festival. King scored the tying and winning goals in the shoot-out of the championship game.

"Cher will be on our midfield and forward line," said Shea. "She is a member of the Barbados National Team and is currently playing in the Commonwealth Games being held in Melbourne, Australia. She is a very skilled player with great ball movement and ability to deliver the ball from any position. Cher is a great playmaker and is an extremely mature and knowledgeable player. Her international experience adds a sophisticated approach to her game."

Novak was a four-year letterwinner at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. She was the highest scorer on her team as a senior with 15 goals and six assists. Her senior year accolades include first-team All-District, first-team All-Region, second-team All-State, Washington Post second-team All-Met, first-team All-Fairfax Journal and Patriot District Player of the Year. Novak led her team to undefeated seasons in district play each of her four years. They were district champions in her junior year and runner-up the other three seasons. In addition, her sophomore year team was regional runner-up and state quarterfinalists. Novak played indoor field hockey with Rampage at the 2003-2006 National Indoor Tournament. They were pool champions in 2005 and 2006 and participated in the 2003-2005 National Field Hockey Festival.

"Novak will come in and add depth and speed to our forward line," said Shea. "She has outstanding speed and the ability to eliminate defenders. She has good solid skills and knowledge of the game and is a great athlete with a relentless work ethic. Amy has tremendous passion and love for the game and will be a great fit for our program."

Wagenbrenner is currently playing for the Zehlendorf 88 team in Berlin, Germany. They play both indoor and outdoor field hockey in Bundesliga. They don't keep track of statistics, but Wagenbrenner is an all-state player. She led her U-18 team of ATV Leipzig to a German Masters National outdoor title in 2004-05 and a second-place finish in the indoor season.

"Wagenbrenner will join our midfield line, but can fill in at any forward position," said Shea. "She brings speed, skills and a game sense to the program. Nancy is an accomplished indoor player having played in the first National League, the highest division. Her indoor expertise adds to her success in the outdoor game allowing her to bring a high level of stick skill and playmaking ability to the larger surface of the outdoor game."




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