NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2017 season. The group comes from six different high schools and three different U.S. states, along with one from Scotland and one from South Africa. It includes three forward/midfielders, two midfielders and one goalkeeper.
The members of the Class of 2021 have excelled on the field, including one who set her school's record for shutouts in a season (goalkeeper Sydney Terroso (York, Pa.)). They have been involved with national programs such as USA Field Hockey; midfielder Iliana Cabral (Camarillo, Calif.) was selected for the National Futures Championship all four years of high school. They have international playing experience as well -- midfielder/forward Imogen Davies (Kilmacolm, Scotland) was named Player of the Series for Scotland's Under-16 team vs. England in 2015.
The incomings have been a part of highly successful programs, including one who played for a school that was ranked No. 22 in the nation by MAX Field Hockey and won the Maryland Class 4A state championship (forward/midfielder Sarah King (Davidsonville, Md.), South River High School).
The freshmen bring plenty of leadership experience, as all have been team captains. They also have a wide variety of extracurricular interests, including one who has written a novel and been involved with more than 100 hours of community service with Meals on Wheels (midfielder/forward Olivia Levieux (Johannesburg, South Africa)). Another, forward/midfielder Anissa Abboud (Bethlehem, Pa.), has been involved with her school district's miniTHON raising money for pediatric cancer in addition to volunteering with Students Against Destructive Decisions, Special Olympics, her local church and her local community center.
The six newcomers will add to a core group of returnees from last year for Pam Stuper, who enters her 13th season as the Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Eight players who started 11 or more games for Yale in 2016 remain on the roster for 2017.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
Liberty High School
Liberty High School: Four years of field hockey … Field hockey team captain … Set school record for goals in a four-year career … Set school record for goals in a season … Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team all-star forward 2016 … Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Scholar Athlete for field hockey 2016 … Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team all-area 2016 … Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team all-star midfield 2015 … Third team state all-star 2015 … Team set school record for wins in a season … Four years of varsity lacrosse … Lacrosse team captain … Eastern Pennsylvania Conference third team attack 2017 in lacrosse … MVP in lacrosse 2015 and 2016 … Lacrosse team record holder for goals in a career.
WC Eagles: U16 Thanksgiving College Showcase in West Palm Beach, Fla. -- WC Eagles U19 #20 … U16 Team Fly National Indoor Champions 2014 … Shooting Star College Showcase in Richmond, Va., 2015.
Notes: Activities included Bethlehem Area School District miniTHON raising money for pediatric cancer … Students Against Destructive Decisions … Special Olympics volunteer ... Camp Counselor at local community center in summer … Volunteer at her church's annual cultural festival.
Why Yale? "I chose Yale because of the excellent academic reputation it maintains and its cultural diversity. I knew I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me in every aspect. Once I met the team and other individuals on campus my decision was solidified and I really could imagine myself there."
La Reina High School
USA Field Hockey: Selected for National Futures Championship freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
La Reina High School: Four years on varsity soccer team … Soccer team MVP as senior … Team made CIF playoffs … VP for Interact Club … Member of National Honor Society … Ambassador freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.
Field Hockey Federation: Captained Moorpark club team sophomore, junior and senior years … Played for U19 boys field hockey club team … 2016 Field Hockey Federation Player of the Year … First place at 2014 National Futures Championship (U16) … Second place at 2015 National Futures Championship (U19) … Coach for a Moorpark girls U15 club field hockey team … Also played for Cougars Field Hockey Club.
Notes: Trained with Ventura County Red Devils Field Hockey 2014-2017 … Personal field hockey trainer for children …Volunteer with first graders at Tierra Linda Elementary School … Graphic designer for school plays and Fruit Growers Laboratory Agriculture … Volunteers at Catholic Parish, Padre Serra … Ventura County Fusion Club Soccer freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years (ranked as silver elite) … Club soccer team finished first in multiple tournaments.
Why Yale? "I looked for two things in a school: to be challenged academically and to find a school where I felt I could make true and everlasting friendships. On my unofficial visit to Yale the girls regarded each other as if they were sisters and had created a family that I hope to become a part of. Throughout my life I have strived to reach my fullest potential and becoming a Yalie is the first step to becoming a stronger, more prepared, career woman with the tools to succeed and the connections to thrive."
St. Columba's School
Kelburne Ladies First XI
Scotland Field Hockey: Player of the Series vs. England in 2015 for Scotland U16; scored two goals … U16 and U18 Selection at District level from age of 13 up to 17; captain at both age groups … U16 Scotland Development Squad 2013-14 (matches against Ulster -- captain) … U16 National Squad 2015-16 (wins at HDM tournament in Holland, Wales series; losses against Ireland and England) … Scotland U18 National Squad 2016-17 (Tri-Nation Champions against Wales and Switzerland April 2017).
St. Columba's School: Field hockey first 11 2014-2017, captain third year … School First 11 Player of the Year 2014-15 and 2016-17 … Scottish Schools Finalists three consecutive seasons for school First 11 … Led school pupil council … Deputy Head Girl of school … Tennis first team … Athletics team (national sprint relay finalists, hurdler, long jumper) … Netball first team.
Kelburne Ladies First XI: Won National Plate Competition 2015 … Maintained National League 1 status for three seasons she has been involved.
Notes: Has worked on improving the political and international awareness within her school and with other young people in the area, including giving speeches relating to this … Completed Duke of Edinburgh's Award program to silver level, which involved three years of volunteering, progressing a skill and ensuring she maintained physical excellence … Program culminated with three-day hike up some of Scotland's peaks … She described completion of this program as one of the most rewarding things she has done … First member of her family to study in the United States.
Why Yale? "After visiting Yale in October of 2016, the one thing that stood out more than anything was the fact that every single person I met on campus was interesting, welcoming, clearly intellectual. It was evident that Yale celebrated individuality and, after I left, I knew that it was among those individuals that I wanted to spend my next four years."
South River High School
Atlantic Storm Chasers
South River High School: Three-year varsity starter, team captain junior and senior years … One of Baltimore Sun's Field Hockey Players-to-Watch 2015, 2016 … Baltimore Sun first team All-Metro 2015, 2016 … Baltimore Sun Field Hockey Player of the Year 2016 … Capital Gazette Honorable Mention Female Athlete of the Week 2016 … Capital Gazette first team all-county 2015, 2016 … Capital Gazette Field Hockey Player of the Year 2016 … MAX Field Hockey's All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team 2016 … One of Washington Post's Field Hockey Players-to-Watch 2016 … Washington Post first team All-Metro 2016 … Washington Post Player of the Year 2016 … Varsity Sports Network Field Hockey Player of the Year 2016 … MSHSFHCA Co-Player of the Year 2016 … MSHSFHCA first team all-state 2016 … MSHSFHCA second team all-state 2015 … Hat trick in MD Class 4A State Championship game 2016 … Team was Maryland Class 4A State Champions 2016 … Team was Maryland State High School Field Hockey Tournament Sportsmanship Award Recipient 2016 …Team Ranked 22nd in the nation by MAX Field Hockey 2016 … National Honor Society … National Science Honor Society … National Spanish Honor Society (vice president).
Atlantic Storm Chasers: Placed second in pool at NIT 2016.
Notes: Profiled in Capital Gazette and Washington Post … Has raised livestock on family farm since age five … Has coached youth field hockey and girls' lacrosse for the past three years for multiple local programs.
Why Yale? "Yale does a wonderful job at combining world-renowned academics and high-caliber athletics to create a truly extraordinary undergraduate experience -- I cannot wait to see what these next four years hold!"
Johannesburg, South Africa
St. Stithians Girls' College
Wanderers Hockey Club
South African Hockey: Gauteng (state) team captain 2011, 2012 … Gauteng team reached South African Inter-provincial final all six years she played (2011-2016) … Junior South African team high performance camps and South African U18 Team 2016.
St. Stithians Girls' College: High School first team 2013 (junior MVP), 2014 (most promising senior), 2015, 2016 … Team captain 2016 ... First team MVP 2015, 2016 … Set season goal scoring record with 56 goals in 2015 … Graduated as school's all-time goal scoring leader with more than 200 goals for first team … School played in "Tournament for the Top 8 Schools in South Africa" 2014, 2015, 2016 … School reached No. 1 in South African field hockey rankings 2015 … Overseas tour to Belgium, Germany and Netherlands 2013; Netherlands and Spain 2015 … Voted most promising female player at the Dutch Princess hockey clinic … Was on tennis, water polo, athletics and soccer teams … High School first team for five years in tennis … Tennis team won Gauteng (state) junior championship 2013 and was runners-up in senior championship 2015, 2016 … Earned Academic Honours, reserved for students who have maintained an overall 4.0 GPA since 10th grade … Held position as Head of Sport on Student Leadership Council 2016.
Wanderers Hockey Club: Part of South African Ladies' Premier League … Voted most promising player 2015 ... Nominated by Wanderers Club as Sportswoman of the Year 2015.
Notes: Loves to write and has written one completed novel (with many more incomplete) and several poems … Has been involved in more than 100 hours of community service for Meals on Wheels, a service program devoted to the preparation and distribution of meals to disabled or needy … Volunteered at Sunshine Centre school for the disabled, helping children struggling with disabilities … Organized a sports camp for the underprivileged, during which campers received coaching in sports such as field hockey, soccer, netball and tennis.
Why Yale? "Did I choose Yale, or did Yale choose me? I've wanted to be a Yalie for so long that sometimes it's hard to remember. I can still clearly remember being a young six-year-old telling everyone I would attend Yale one day, the usual reply to which was laughter. So it is truly a dream come true, and I couldn't be more excited."
Dallastown Area High School
Dallastown Area High School: Team captain senior year … First team All-Star League goalie junior year and senior year … NFHCA National Academic Squad selection junior year and senior year … Set school record for shut outs in a season … Earned Character Counts Award as a senior … Team was league and county champions all four years of her career … Team was undefeated her senior year … Was part of 600th win in school history … Volunteered with school's life skills classroom for four years, assisting with both physical and academic education.
Capital Region: Participated in Keystone State Games with Capital Region team.
Notes: Older sister, Bryna Cook, plays field hockey at Mercyhurst … Twin brother, Avery, is part of volleyball Class of 2021 for St. John Fisher College … One of her club coaches, Anne Lehman Dillman '93 with Lanco Premier Field Hockey Club, played field hockey at Yale.
Why Yale? "When an opportunity like Yale comes along, you don't pass it up."
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity