Comizio, Kurtin, Middough, Smith Sisters and Thompson Join Bulldogs
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season. The group comes from five different high schools and three different U.S. states. It includes one forward, two forward/midfielders, one midfielder, one midfielder/back and one back.
The group includes student-athletes who have excelled in multiple sports, including Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) -- who will play both field hockey and lacrosse at Yale. In addition to individual field hockey accomplishments such as scoring the third-most goals in a season in the history of high school field hockey (78, Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.)), the group also has a wide variety of off-the-field interests as well -- for example, Catherine Kurtin (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) traveled to Uganda to work at Mburara International School over the summer. They have held multiple leadership positions -- for example, Tess Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was president of her high school class three times. All six have experience captaining teams, including the Smith sisters, Katie Smith (Duxbury, Mass.) and Lily Smith (Duxbury, Mass.), who co-captained the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams at their high school. The Smiths join the Katz sisters -- rising sophomores Emilie Katz (Newton, Mass.) and Steffi Katz (Newton Mass.) -- to give the Bulldogs two pairs of sisters on the roster.
The incoming class adds to a group of returnees for a Yale program that has seen much success recently under Pam Stuper, who enters her 10th season as the Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Yale is 24-11 in Ivy League games over the past five years (the second-best record in the league in that span) and was Ivy League champions in 2011.
The six newcomers will help offset the graduation of six seniors from last year's squad, including three who started all 17 games. Yale has eight players returning who made nine or more starts last season, including two who earned All-Ivy League recognition.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
New Vernon, N.J.
New Heights FH Club
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child: Third team NFHCA National All-American 2013 … First Team NFHCA All-Region 2013 … Two-time all-state (first team 2013, third team 2012) … First team all-conference 2012 and 2013 … First team All-Union County 2012 and 2013 … North NJ All-Star 2013 … First team non-public group 2013 … First team Group 1 2012 … Earned team's best defensive award 2012 and 2013 … Team was Union County Champions and conference champions three times (2011, 2012 and 2013) … Team was Non-Public Group Champions in 2013 … Team was Group 1 Champions in 2012 … Captained field hockey and lacrosse teams … Wrote for school's Spanish newsletter … Ninth grade Peer Leader … Volunteer peer tutor.
Notes: Also on lacrosse team at Yale … Has multiple Ivy League athletes in her immediate family … Father played football at Penn … Mother played field hockey and lacrosse at Penn … Aunt and uncle played lacrosse at Harvard.
Why Yale? "The exceptional academics and competitive athletic programs drew me to Yale more than any other school. The community at Yale also felt like the right place for me when I visited, especially the residential colleges."
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Noble and Greenough
Club Team: Played for Lead the Way Red Elite Team with Yale teammates Katie Smith and Lily Smith … Went to Disney showcase in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 … Went to Festival in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Noble and Greenough School: Captained field hockey team senior year … NEPSAC Class A Selection/All New England as a senior … All-ISL as a junior and senior … Team was New England Class A champions her senior year (first time a Massachusetts team won that championship in 14 years) … Team won ISL championship her junior and senior years … Also played ice hockey and lacrosse … Participates in Achieve Program, tutoring inner-city youths on weekends.
Notes: Traveled to Australia in summer of 2013 to play for u19 Queensland state team … Has a strong interest in education and was involved in tutoring programs throughout high school … Traveled to Uganda to work at Mburara International School over summer … Has multiple connections to Ivy League in her family … Father graduated from Harvard Business School … Has two cousins who were captains of Princeton women's lacrosse team … Grandfather swam at Princeton … Great-grandfather captained track and field team at Columbia.
Why Yale? "From the beginning of the college process it was clear to me that Yale was my dream school. The astounding academics, highly competitive field hockey program, and strong sense of community produce an unparalleled combination that made Yale the only choice for me."
USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey Futures Program 2010-14 … Futures Elite 2014 … National Futures Championship 2011 and 2013.
Club Team: Played for Jersey Intensity … Festival U19 Gold Medal 2013 … Disney Showcase U19 Gold Medal 2013 … U16 Silver Medal 2011.
Shore Regional High School: Captained field hockey team junior and senior years … NFHCA first team All-American … NFHCA All-Region … Asbury Park Press Player of the Year … Monmouth County Player of the Year … First team all-state … National All-Academic Team … Set school records for most goals in a season (78), most goals in a career (131), most points in a season (173) and most points in a career (328) … Goals total in 2013 was third-most nationally in history of high school field hockey … Team was division champions and Shore Conference Champions all four years … Team was sectional champions 2011 and 2013 … Team was state champions 2011 and 2013 … Was also on track and field team (high jump), captaining team senior year … Member of National Honor Society … President of the Great Books Club.
Notes: Volunteered in summer as field hockey camp counselor … Sister, Sarah, is also an Ivy Leaguer (Penn Class of 2014).
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of its balance between outstanding academics and athletics. There was no other school that could compete with the opportunities and tradition offered at Yale."
Club Team: Played for Lead The Way with Yale teammates Catherine Kurtin and Lily Smith (sister) … Attended Disney Showcase 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Attended Festival in 2011 and 2012 … Played for Lead The Way U-19 Festival Team (along with Yale teammate Catherine Kurtin) … Four Goals Cup champions.
Duxbury High School: Played with Yale teammate Lily Smith (sister) … Co-captain of field hockey team … Boston Globe All-Scholastic fall 2013 … Boston Herald All-Scholastic fall 2013 … MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star fall 2013 … Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic fall 2012 and fall 2013 … Led team and set school record with 30 goals, 31 assists senior season … First Team Patriot League All-Star (2012-2013) … Team was MIAA Division 1 South sectional finalists fall 2013 … Team was MIAA Division 1 South sectional champions fall 2011 … Also played lacrosse, co-captaining team as a senior … Named first team all-star in lacrosse by Eastern Mass Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association spring 2014 … National Honor Society member 2013-2014 … Co-recipient (with her sister) of Duxbury High School Athletic Achievement Award, elected by coaches of all DHS sports (first time the award has ever been split).
Notes: Sister Lily Smith also plays field hockey for Yale … Volunteers at The Hope Lodge (cancer patient housing in Boston) … Sister Mimi Smith played field hockey at Quinnipiac … Brother Sully Smith played lacrosse at Fairfield University.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the amazing academics as well as the exceptional athletics. Yale has always been my dream school, and being able to attend as well as participate in a sport I love is beyond belief."
Club Team: Played for Lead The Way with Yale teammates Catherine Kurtin and Katie Smith … Attended Disney Showcase 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Attended Festival in 2011 and 2012 … Four Goals Cup champions.
Duxbury High School: Played with Yale teammate Katie Smith (sister) … Co-captain of field hockey team … MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star fall 2013 … Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic fall 2012 and 2013 … Team was MIAA Division 1 South sectional finalists fall 2013 … Team was MIAA Division 1 South sectional champions fall 2011 … Also played lacrosse, co-captaining team as a senior … Named first team all-star in lacrosse by Eastern Mass Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association spring 2014 … Patriot League all-star in lacrosse spring of 2012 and 2013 … National Honor Society member 2013-2014 … Co-recipient (with her sister) of Duxbury High School Athletic Achievement Award, elected by coaches of all DHS sports (first time the award has ever been split).
Notes: Sister Katie Smith also plays field hockey for Yale … Volunteers at The Hope Lodge (cancer patient housing in Boston) … Sister Mimi Smith played field hockey at Quinnipiac … Brother Sully Smith played lacrosse at Fairfield University.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I love the school, the campus and the overall atmosphere. I have always dreamed of going to such a school, and to be playing the sport I love there is an amazing feeling.
Ann Arbor, Mich.
USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey Futures program 2007-2014 … Selected for National Futures Championship 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Club Team: Played for Pinnacle Field Hockey.
Pioneer High School: Captained field hockey team as a senior … All-State 2012 and 2013 … MVP 2013 … Voted Best Defensive Player 2012 … Played fly position on defensive corner unit that shut-out more than 100 corners over course of two seasons 2012-2013 … Academic All-American 2013 … Academic All-State 2012 and 2013 … Team was Michigan State Champions 2012 … Team was First Division Champions 2012 and 2013 … Received Martin Luther King Award for Service and Leadership 2011 … Received Harold Eastman Outstanding Youth Achievement Award 2012 … Member of National Honor Society 2012-2014 … Served as Class President during sophomore, junior and senior years … Named one of Ann Arbor's Top Scholars 2014 … Tutor for struggling students.
Notes: Comes from same high school as former Yale captain Katie Bolling '11 … Helps coach three youth field hockey teams … Is fourth child of seven children … Has multiple Ivy League and Division I athletics connections in her immediate family … Father played football at Harvard … Oldest brother, Bart, rowed crew and played lacrosse for Stanford … Older sister Kelsey plays field hockey for Northwestern … Older sister Molly plays field hockey at Georgetown.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the opportunity to learn from incredible professors, meet fascinating people from all over the world, and live in the unique residential college system on the beautiful campus. I was also drawn to Yale because there are boundless opportunities to explore your passion, whether it's research, music, politics, service, computer science, or anything you can think of. I am very excited that I am able to represent Yale on the field and play at the Division One level."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity