June 21, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Looking to improve upon last season's second-place finish in the Ivy League standings, the Yale field hockey team has added six freshmen as part of the Class of 2011. The group includes two backs, one forward, one goalkeeper and two players who can play either forward or midfield.
Here is a look at Yale's Class of 2011:
Goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) captained the Ann Arbor Pioneer field hockey team to its second straight state title in 2006. A member of the National Honor Society, she was named academic all-state and was a Michigan High School Field Hockey Association Academic All-Star. She also was a National Merit finalist.
Bolling's brother, Michael, is a football player at Cornell.
"I chose Yale because of the residential college system, the beautiful campus and the amazing academic opportunities," Bolling said.
Back Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.) participated in the National Futures tournament in 2004 and 2005 and captained the field hockey team at Kent Place School last season. She was team MVP, a first team New Jersey All-Star, first team All-State Group 3 and first team all-county in 2005 and 2006. She was also a first team all-conference selection in 2006 and was second team in 2004 and 2005. Kent Place was conference and county champions in 2004 and came in second in 2005.
Cullum has a number of built-in connections to the Yale field hockey team. Senior back Beth Raveche (Hoboken, N.J.) was Cullum's big sister in Kent Place's "Senior Sister" program. Cullum also played club field hockey with Spirit Eagles, where her teammates included incoming freshman forward/midfielder Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.).
"I chose Yale because it felt like the perfect fit," Cullum said. "I fell in love with the beautiful campus and the residential college system. The academics allow me to explore all areas. I felt at home instantly with the people and I had the opportunity to play field hockey on an incredible team."
Back Vicki Gordon has been a USFHA Futures participant. She was team captain at Merion Mercy Academy and was a first team All Main Line All-Star as a junior and senior (she was second team as a sophomore). Gordon was a Philadelphia All-Star, a two-time AACA all-star and a Pennsylvania Keystone Games selection. She was also a Wendy's national Heisman Award nominee.
An NFHCA Academic All-American and member of the National Honor Society, Gordon has a number of interests off the field as well. She won her school's outstanding varsity athlete award and its William H. Dannehower Award for excellence in sports, scholastics and service. She has sung the national anthem for professional and college sports teams since the age of nine (Phillies, 76ers, Phantoms, Kixx, Villanova, St. Joe's, Temple, Penn, etc.).
Gordon played club hockey for the Mystx. Her father, Stuart L. Gordon, M.D., is also an Ivy Leaguer -- he was on the varsity crew team at Brown and graduated in 1977. Her decision to come to Yale was a straightforward one.
"What's not to like?" Gordon said. "Yale offers outstanding academics, rich traditions and, best of all, great field hockey."
Forward/midfielder Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.) was first team all-state at East Greenwich High, where she was team captain. She was a U19 National Futures championship participant twice and a U16 National Futures Championship participant once. She was also part of Lead the Way Select.
"I chose Yale because I knew I could put my leadership skills to work both on the field and in the academic environment," Paolino said.
Forward Jennifer Parker (Stamford, Conn.) captained the field hockey team at St. Paul's, where she was the Independent School League MVP. She was the team's leading scorer the last three years and was first team all-league as a junior and senior.
A Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection, Parker comes from a family of Bulldogs. Her sister, Christine Parker '00 LLB '06, was captain and an all-Ivy rugby player at Yale. Her father, Barrington "Danny" Parker, Jr. '65 LLB '69, is a Yale graduate as well. Her cousin, Jonathan Holloway PhD '95, is a professor of history, African American studies & American studies at Yale and is master of Calhoun College.
"I chose Yale because it offers the best undergraduate education," Parker said.
Forward/midfielder Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) captained the Pingry School field hockey team to its third conference championship in a row last year. Waldemore was named conference player of the year. The team was sectional champions in 2004 and 2005, Somerset county champions in 2005 and Group I state champions in 2004.
Waldemore was a first team Somerset County Coaches Association All-Star Team pick and a first team North Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Star Team pick in 2005 and 2006. She was also Newark Star Ledger first team Group I All-State and first team Somerset County in 2006 along with earning Courier News Player of the Year and first team All-Area. She played club field hockey with Spirit Eagles from 2005 to 2007, where her teammates included fellow freshman Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.).
Waldemore's father, Stanley, played football at the University of Nebraska and for the NFL's New York Jets.
"I chose Yale because of the strength and balance of both academics and athletics," Waldemore said. "I'm excited to take advantage of all Yale has to offer and to be surrounded by a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and student body."
The six freshmen join 14 returnees to put Yale's roster at 20 heading into the 2007 season. The Bulldogs, who are celebrating the 35th anniversary of field hockey at Yale, open the season against Providence at Johnson Field on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2:00 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity