Yale Adds Six in Class of 2012

June 23, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale field hockey team announced the six players that will join the squad as members of the Class of 2012 Monday. The group, which includes players from three different states and one foreign country, adds to Yale's 15 returning players for the 2008 season.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), who can play either back or midfield, was a two-time captain of her high school team. She was first team PIAA All-State and Academic All-State as a senior. Carter was also first team Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeast PA, Pottstown Mercury Player of the Year and first team Times Herald All-Area. She was first team Pottstown Mercury All-Area as a junior and as a senior. She also won her team's defensive award as a junior and her team's Captain Award as a senior.

Carter led the PAC 10 with eight defensive saves as a senior and earned first team, second team and honorable mention PAC 10 honors during her career. Her team won two PAC 10 championships and was runners-up twice.

A nominee for Triangle Club of Montgomery County's William H. Dannehower Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior, Carter was a National Honor Society member and Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Award winner.

Carter, who also played for X-Calibur field hockey club, has been a part of USFHA's Futures program and has taken part in the National Hockey Festival. She was a National Futures Tournament gold medalist in 2006 and a bronze medalist in 2005. She was also a four-year National Indoor Tournament medalist (two gold, one silver, one bronze). Carter was a Junior Olympics selection as a sophomore.

Carter's mother, Brenda, played for North Carolina.

"I chose Yale because of the never-ending amount of amazing people and academic opportunities," Carter said.

Kirsten Krebs (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area), who has been a part of USA Field Hockey's Futures program for five years and was a National Futures U-16 Tournament participant, can play midfield or forward. Her team won its pool at the National Field Hockey Festival in California. She was named PIAA District 4 Outstanding Female Athlete and was first team all-state, all-conference and all-league in addition to being Pennsylvania all-academic. The winner of the Selinsgrove Area Outstanding Female Athlete award and class valedictorian, Krebs was the co-MVP of her team and also won the Team Hustler award. Selinsgrove Area was district and league champions for three straight years from 2005 to 2007, making the state quarterfinals in 2005 and 2007 and the state semifinals in 2006. Krebs was also on the track team and qualified for the Pennsylvania state track meet in mid-distance events in her sophomore, junior and senior years.

"I chose Yale not only for its academic reputation and opportunities, but also for the people on campus," Krebs said. "I fell in love with the coaches, field hockey players and students. Everyone made me feel welcome and I know the school is a great fit."

Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany/Rudolf Steiner Schule Hamburg-Altona) adds an International flavor to the Yale roster. She could be the first student-athlete from outside of North America to earn a major letter in field hockey for the Bulldogs (Roxanna Keen '87 of Argentina won minor Ys in 1983 and 1984). Landshut's older brother, Max, and older sister, Rebecca, have both played for the German National Team.

Landshut played for der Club an der Alster, which won the German Championship in 2005. The club took second place at the outdoor German Championship and won the indoor European Cup in 2006. Landshut also played for the Hamburg City State team, serving as captain in 2004. That team took second place in the German Cup outdoors in 2003 and third place in 2004, and also was third place indoors in 2003 and 2004.

Landshut is from the same city as Denise Soesilo, a rising junior on the Yale women's ice hockey team.

"I chose Yale because it is the most amazing place and community I have ever been to," Landshut said. "In addition, I find that the opportunities offered by Yale are highly attractive."

Midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass./Milton Academy), a two-time first team All-ISL selection, and was captain and team MVP as a senior. The recipient of Milton Academy's Priscilla Bailey Award as the top senior female student-athlete, she also played ice hockey (two-time team captain, team MVP and first team All-ISL as a senior, honorable mention All-ISL as a junior) and softball (captain and team MVP as a senior, first team All-ISL as a junior and as a senior). She graduated cum laude.

"As soon as I experienced the unbelievable academic and extracurricular opportunities that Yale has to offer, everywhere else paled in comparison," Locarno said. "After meeting the amazing field hockey team, I knew that there was nowhere else I wanted to spend the next four years of my life."

Forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) is a five-time USFHA Futures participant. While playing for the WC Eagles she won two gold medals at the National Festival tournament (in 2006 in the U16 division and in 2007 in the U19 division), adding a silver in the U19 division in 2008. She also won a gold medal at the 2007 Disney Showcase.

Rosati captained her high school team last year and was first team all-state, All-Intel (all-area), a Philadelphia Field Hockey Senior All-Star and a PA Field Hockey All-Academic team selection. She was second team all-state as a junior and was a three-time AACA Field Hockey All-Star (2005-2007). She led her team in scoring three times and won the team's coach's award in 2007. Gwynedd Mercy was a district semi-finalist in 2007 and a district qualifier in 2006. The team made the AACA playoffs in 2007.

Rosati also captained the lacrosse team, helping that team to its third straight district semifinals appearance and winning the team's Monarch (coach's) award. She was a Gwynedd Mercy Academy Ambassador along with being a member of the Student Council and the Spirit Club.

"I chose Yale not only for its rich tradition, excellent academic opportunities and diverse community, but also for the knowledgeable and experienced coaching staff," said Rosati.

Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J./Pingry), who can play midfield or back, was a high school teammate of rising sophomore midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.). Sankovich was first team all-state, all-conference and all-county last year while serving as team co-head captain. The NJISAA Independent School Scholar Athlete of the Year, she was also named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Sankovich was All-Area North Jersey, Star Ledger All-County, Coaches Association All-County, all-conference, third team All-Group I and a North Jersey Coaches Association All-Star Team selection as a junior. She was third team all-county and honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore.

Sankovich was part of a successful run at Pingry. The team won four Colonial Hills Conference championships, was Sectional Champions in 2004 and 2005, was State Group I Champions in 2004 and was State Group I finalists in 2005. Pingry was also Somerset County Champions in 2004 and finalists in 2006.

Sankovich also captained Spirit Eagles, the same club team that Waldemore and rising sophomore back Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.) played on. The team won Pool C at the 2007 National Hockey Festival.

Sankovich, who was on the swimming and lacrosse teams at Pingry, also served as class President and President of the Spanish Club and was a Blue Key honoree. She is active in the community, working as a Spanish translator for Bound Brook Municipal Court. She also volunteered at Fellowship Village Assisted Living (a continuing care retirement community) and has taken church mission trips to Montana and Tennessee.

"Yale was the first school I visited junior year and I instantly fell in love," Sankovich said. "I visited many other schools but never strayed from wanting to be at Yale. I had my heart set. When I met the field hockey team, I saw how much pride they had in Yale and how much fun they were having in college. I knew that they were the types of girls I would like to be friends with and was sold on the school."

Yale is scheduled to open the 2008 season at Providence on Sept. 7. The Bulldogs are coached by Pam Stuper and assistants Tamara Durante and Abby Ostruzka.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity