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Williamsville North High School junior Samantha Mallare commits to Pace University!

Player Name: Samantha Mallare
Grad Year: 2019
College Choice: Pace University (D2)
Date Committed: June 20, 2018
Position: GK
State: New York
High School: Williamsville North High School
Club: Williamsville Stampede
Honors/Accomplishments: 2017 Varsity GK, 18-1 record, 12 shutouts, .922 save %, .45 GAA, Under Armour Select Game
What will you major in/study?: Criminal Justice and Forensics
Why did you choose this school?:The first time I stepped on campus I knew this is where I wanted to pursue my academic and athletic career. I have a great amount of respect for Coach Kinsley, I really enjoyed her coaching style, she was kind and honest from the first time we met. I am excited to play 4 years for her.
Other College considered: Bentley University, St. John Fisher College, Lock Haven University, Mercyhurst University, Stonehill College, Babson College
Anyone you would like to thank?: I want to thank my parents for all of their support and for giving me every opportunity to succeed; my High school coach Jess Rys who has always had the confidence in me and has been a great influence on my career; and my travel coaches Kelly Jordan and Goalie Coach Jess Wess who have been very supportive and helped me become a better player.

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USA Field Hockey has announced the 75 players selected to participate in the next round of tryouts for the U17 & U19 Junior National Teams- a December Training Camp at Spooky Nook Sports.  Read the full release here.  Congratulations to the selected players!

U17 Junior National Team – December Training Camp

Rachel Apa * (Lewisberry, PA)
Sarah Beers (Fleetwood, PA)
Hallie Brost (Richmond, VA)
Emily Bullard (Doylestown, PA)
Alayna Burns (Medford, NJ)
Zoe Campisi (Virginia Beach, VA)
Jordan Carr (Point Pleasant, NJ)
Anna Castaldo (Endicott, NY)
Regan Cornelius (New Albany, OH)
Jans Croon (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Katie Dixon (Cary, NC)
Mia Duchars (Saint Louis, MO)
Kelsey Felix (Hallam, PA)
Lee Ann Gordon (Louisville, KY)
Ryleigh Heck (Berlin, NJ)
Annika Herbine (Macungie, PA)
Lauren Hunter (Elizabethtown, PA)
Hannah Maxwell (Forty Fort, PA)
Caylie McMahon (Stow, MA)
Sofia Pendolino (Hummelstown, PA)
Alana Richardson (Boxford, MA)
Hope Rose (Dauphin, PA)
Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, PA)
Annabel Skubisz (Houston, TX)
Kelly Smith (Downingtown, PA)
Sara Stone (San Diego, CA)
Macy Szukics (Malvern, PA)
Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, MI)
Claudia Thomas (Louisville, KY)
Kiersten Thomassey (New Albany, OH)
Bryn Underwood (Sinking Spring, PA)
Maddie Vicars (Moseley, VA)
Lauren Wadas (Annville, PA)
Ella Wareham (Elm Grove, WI)
Makenna Webster (St Louis, MO)
Alexandria Wesneski (Forty Fort, PA)
Elizabeth Yeager (Rye, NY)

U19 Junior National Team – December Training Camp

Mackenzie Allessie (Mount Joy, PA)
Gabrielle Barraco (Allentown, PA)
Kayla Blas (Pendleton, NY)
Leanne Bough (Whitney Point, NY)
Isabella Bressler (Leesport, PA)
Megan Connors (San Diego, CA)
Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, VA)
Samantha Davidson (North Andover, MA)
Charlotte De Vries (Wayne, PA)
Emma Deberdine (Millersville, PA)
Lindsay Dickinson (Glen Mills, PA)
Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, PA)
Nathalie Friedman (Phoenix, MD)
Peyton Halsey (Reading, PA)
Mary Harkins (Kimberton, PA)
Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, PA)
Madison Kahn (Voorhees, NJ)
Caroline Kelly (Malvern, PA)
Margot Lawn (Pasadena, MD)
Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
Anarose McDonough (Kennett Square, PA)
Grace McGuire * (St Louis, MO)
Hannah Miller (Malvern, PA)
Madison Orobono (Macungie, PA)
Kathryn Peterson (San Diego, CA)
Abigail Pitcairn (Ohara, PA)
Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, PA)
Hatley Post (Houston, TX)
Meghan Reese (Center Valley, PA)
Kelsey Reznick (Drums, PA)
Kathryn Schneider (San Diego, CA)
Sofia Southam * (Ann Arbor, MI)
Peyton Tollaksen (Chesapeake, VA)
Josie Varney (Smithfield, ME)
M. Grace Wallis (Blue Bell, PA)
Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, PA)
Madeleine Zimmer (Hershey, PA)
Brynn Zorilla (Vista, CA)

* Trial in December  

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College Connection, in conjunction with Under Armour, has announced the 68 athletes who have earned Golden Tickets as a unanimous choice to compete in the 2018 Under Armour Select Game on July 26 at Boston College’s field hockey complex.

The game’s participants were selected from the recent College Connection Showcases at UMASS (Amherst, MA) and West Chester University (West Chester, PA).  Selected athletes will compete with the best athletes from each showcase by year of graduation.  To learn more about the Under Armour Select game CLICK HERE.

Underlassmen Game Schedule (2023/2022/2021)

1:00pm Athletes arrive at BC Register, media interviews, photos & receive UA Player kit
2:00 pm Teams meet with Coaches and warm up
3 – 4:45pm Showcase Game (3 x 30 minutes periods/5 minute breaks)
4:45pm Underclassmen Awards Ceremony
5:00 – 5:30pm Goalie Showcase ALL goalies invited to participate

Upperclassmen Game Schedule (2019/2020) 

3:45 pm Athletes arrive at BC Register, Media Interviews, Photos & receive UA Player kit
4:45 pm Teams meet with Coaches and warm up
5:00 – 5:30pm Goalie Showcase ALL goalies invited to participate
5:45 – 7:30pm Showcase Game (3 x 30 minute periods/5 minute breaks)
7:30pm Upperclassmen Awards Ceremony

2018 Under Armour Select Golden Ticket Selections
First Name Last Name YOG State Position Showcase
Lucy Adams 2022 MA F/M UMass
Julia Arsenault 2019 CT GK UMass
Ashley Barron 2020 MA F/M UMass
Cassie Brazinsky 2019 VA M WCU
Erin Burgess 2020 CA GK UMass
Dempsey Campbell 2021 RI M UMass
Linsey Champa 2019 NJ F WCU
Katelyn Clarke 2020 MA F UMass
Leah Cohen 2020 PA F/M/D UMass
Rease Coleman 2021 NY M UMass
Camille Cook 2021 PA F/M WCU
Claudia Crowe 2020 MA F UMass
Mikayla Crowley 2019 CT M UMass
Tess Csejka 2020 CT F UMass
Bella DelNegro 2021 MA F UMass
Emma Donahue 2020 MA M/D UMass
Aiden Drabick 2021 PA F UMass
Taylor Duffany 2019 PA F WCU
Amanda Duke 2021 PA F/M/D WCU
Anna Duncan 2021 MO GK UMass
Lindsey Fogelsanger 2021 PA M WCU
Brinley Foster 2020 PA F/M WCU
Caleigh Fotiades 2020 MA D UMass
Tallulah Fuhs 2021 CO M/D UMass
Allison Giorgio 2020 MA F/M UMass
Maggie Goodwin 2021 MD F/M WCU
Ashley Hart 2021 MA M UMass
Alexandra Hillenbrand 2019 NJ D UMass
Greta Hinke 2022 WI M/D UMass
Karissa Hough 2020 PA M WCU
Carly Hynd 2021 PA M UMass
Madison Jewell 2019 PA M WCU
Hannah Johnston 2020 VA GK WCU
Mia Kaldenbaugh 2019 MA F/M UMass
Shaelyn Kobrynich 2020 PA F/M WCU
Ella Kokinis 2023 MD M WCU
Amy Lanouette 2022 NH M/D UMass
Emily Loeb 2020 IL GK UMass
Samantha Maresca 2021 NY GK WCU
Andrea Marguerite 2020 MA F/M UMass
Meghan McGinley 2021 PA M UMass
Hanna Medwar 2021 MA F/M UMass
Emily Mentink 2019 CA GK UMass
Macy Miller 2020 MD F WCU
Ashley Moskal 2021 NJ M/D WCU
Maddie Mullaney 2021 MA M UMass
Riley O’Connor 2021 MA GK UMass
Madison O’Hare 2021 NH F/M WCU
Rachel Place 2020 MA M/D UMass
Marissa Politano 2022 MA F UMass
Cassidy Puleo 2021 CA M/D UMass
Olivia Quagliero 2021 NJ F/M UMass
Alana Richardson 2021 MA M UMass
Taryn Ringer 2021 NY F/M UMass
Natalie Rocuskie 2020 PA F WCU
Sophia Rosati 2020 MA F/M UMass
Emma Rosensteel 2021 PA F/M WCU
Emma Schwarz 2021 PA M WCU
Sidney Snyder 2020 MD M WCU
Justine Spedden 2019 MA D UMass
Lanie Stem 2021 PA F/M/D WCU
Ellie Todd 2022 MA GK UMass
Marianna Toljan 2019 RI D UMass
Emma Valinote 2020 PA GK WCU
Ella Wareham 2021 WI M UMass
Caroline Wisch 2021 PA F WCU
Jenna Wyckoff 2021 NJ F/M WCU
Kate Zamagni 2021 MA F/M UMass

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Hilton High School senior Marissa Florio commits to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute!

Player Name: Marissa Florio
Grad Year: 2018
College Choice: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (D3)
Date Committed: September, 2017
Position: GK
State: New York 
High School: Hilton High School
Club: Finger Lakes/Irondequoit Fury’s
Honors/Accomplishments:2018 U.S. Marine Corps Distringuished Athlete Award, 2017 All-NYS, All-Greater Rochester 1st Team All-Star, All-Monroe County 1st Team, Team MVP, Team Captain, School Record for total saves.
What will you major in/study?: Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences – Video Game Design
Why did you choose this school?: 
Love the College and FH Coach
Anyone you would like to thank?: I would like to thank Coach Wendy Andreatta- for introducing me to Coach LaNoir/RPI and for helping me through the process of the FH Recruitment.

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USA Field Hockey has announced the players selected to the U21 Women’s National Team and Women’s National Development Squad for 2018-2019.  The following athletes were selected from a total of 60 athletes who participated in the U21 and Development National Camp at the Nook over the past couple of days.  invited to attend U21 and Development Junior National Camp from the Young Women’s National Championship.  Read the full release here.  Congratulations to the selected players!

2018-2019 U21 Women’s National Team

Carter Ayars
(Wilmington, DE – University of Louisville)

Maddie Bacskai 
(Berwyn, PA – Princeton University)

Brooke Deberdine 
(Millersville, PA – University of Maryland)

Lacey Frazier 
(Indian Island, SC – Old Dominion University)

Greer Gill 
(Virginia Beach, VA – University of Virginia)

Kyler Greenwalt 
(Gambrills, MD – University of Maryland)

Erin Huffman
(Annville, PA – Old Dominion University)

Marykate Neff 
(Villanova, PA – Princeton University)

Halle O’Neill 
(Hummelstown, PA – University of Michigan)

Meghan Schneider 
(San Diego, CA – University of Louisville)

Christie Van de Kamp 
(Midlothian, VA – College of William & Mary)

Elise Wong 
(Perth Amboy, NJ – University of Princeton)

Corinne Zanolli 
(Newtown Square, PA – Stanford University

In addition to the players selected above, seven athletes will be offered a trial at the conclusion of their collegiate season from December 19-21 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. Those athletes are: Jessica Dembrowksi (UConn, Palmyra, Pa.), Ashley Dykema (Liberty, Newport News, Va.), Makayla Gallen (Virginia, Glen Mills, Pa.), Gianna Glatz (Rutgers, Medford, N.J.), Fusine Govaert (Boston College, Rye, N.Y.), Lauren Hausheer(Virginia, West Windsor, N.Y.) and Elizabeth Ryan (Albany, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.).

2018-2019 Women’s National Development Squad

Kendall Ballard
(Charlottesville, VA – Ohio University)

Maggie Bettez
(Acton, MA – University of Michigan)

Kelsey Bing
(Houston, TX – Stanford University)

Taylor Blood
(Hampton Falls, NH – Boston University)

Virginia Bramley
(Elizabethtown, PA – Penn State University)

Kelsey Briddell
(Wilton, NY – University at Albany)

Katrina Carter
(Berkeley, CA – University of California- Berkeley)

Cori Conley
(Oak Park, IL – Penn State University)

Linnea Gonzales
(Bel Air, MD – University of Maryland)

Alexandra Hammel
(Duxbury, MA – Boston University)

Karlie Heistand
(Hamburg, PA – University of Connecticut)

Alexa Hoover
(Collegeville, PA – University of Pennsylvania)

Carrera Lucas
(Brooklandville, MD – University of Virginia)

Kelly Marks
(Elverson, PA – University at Albany)

Emily McCoy
(Lititz, PA – Boston College)

Erin Menges
(Richmond, VA – College of William & Mary)

Mikayla Michals
(Needham, MA – Providence College)

Sabrina Rhodes
(Wilmington, DE – University of Maryland)

Jenny Rizzo
(Hershey, PA – Penn State University)

Kealsie Robles
(Seaford, VA – Old Dominion University)

Erin Shanahan
(Pasadena, MD – University of Virginia)

Taylor Stone
(Herndon, VA – University of Louisville)

Sophia Tornetta
(Plymouth Meeting, PA – Princeton University)

Katie Walsh
 (Louisville, KY – University of Louisville)

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TOP 50: Red Bank Catholic sophomore Shannon Tringola commits to Drexel University!

Player Name: Shannon Tringola
Grad Year: 2020
Player Ranking: Top 50
College Choice: Drexel University (D1)
Date Committed: June, 2018
Position: Forward
State: New Jersey 
High School: Red Bank Catholic
Club: Jersey Intensity
Honors/Accomplishments:2018 U16 Stars & Stripes Elite Game, AAU Junior Olympics, U16 National Futures Championship, 2017 NJ Non-Public Second Team, Shore Conference All-Division, JPOL Region 6 League MVP
What will you major in/study?: Cyber Security
Why did you choose this school?:
I chose Drexel University because of the outstanding academic and Co-op programs. The coaching staff is so supportive and genuine. I like the location and I’m excited about being in Philadelphia.
Other College considered: Boston College, Fairfield, Liberty, Quinnipiac
Anyone you would like to thank?: I would like to thank my family for their support and dedication so I can pursue field hockey. I would also like to thank all my coaches, teammates, and staff at RYPT for pushing me to be the best player I can be. Lastly, thank you to Coaches Denise, Nicky, and Danica for giving me the opportunity to play at Drexel.

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Myers Park High School junior Caroline Bailey commits to Converse College!

Player Name: Caroline Bailey
Grad Year: 2019
College Choice: Converse College (D2)
Date Committed: June 21, 2018
Position: GK
State: North Carolina
High School: Myers Park High School
Club: Charlotte Ambush
Honors/Accomplishments: NCFHA State Champions w/Myers Park High School 2017, NCISSA State Champions w/Charlotte Latin 2016
What will you major in/study?: Graphic/Interior Design
Why did you choose this school?: I chose Converse College because of the small atmosphere, and the southern hospitality. I’ve grown up in the south for all of my life, and I knew I wanted to stay close to home. The small atmosphere was a huge factor in narrowing down my decision. I knew I wanted to go to school where I could not only establish a strong relationship with my coaches, but my professors and other peers outside of field hockey. I never thought I would attend an all girls school for the next four years after high school, but after seeing how great the atmosphere was, how supportive the students and faculty where toward one another, I knew Converse was the right fit for me.
Anyone you would like to thank?: I would like to thank my coaches, parents, and friends who supported me throughout the process.

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USA Field Hockey has announced the players invited to attend U21 and Development Junior National Camp from the Young Women’s National Championship.  Junior National Camp will be held June 30 through July 3 at Spooky Nook Sports.  Read the full release here.  Congratulations to the selected players!

U21 Junior National Camp Selections

Carter Ayars (Wilmington, Del.)
Maddie Bacskai (Berwyn, Pa.)
Brooke Deberdine (Millersville, Pa.)
Jessica Dembrowski (Palmyra, Pa.)
Ashley Dykema (Newport News, Va.)
Lacey Frazier (Indian Island, S.C.)
Nicole Freeman (Whitehouse Station, N.J.)
Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa.)
Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Gianna Glatz (Medford, N.J.)
Fusine Govaert (Rye, N.Y.)
Kyler Greenwalt (Gambrills, Md.)
Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.)
Amanda Hendry (Wilton, Conn.)
Erin Huffman (Annville, Pa.)
Margaret Lynch (Lutherville, Md.)
Jessica Miller (Alexandria, Va.)
Marykate Neff (Villanova, Pa.)
Colleen Norair (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Halle O’Neill (Hummelstown, Pa.)
Adelaide Penzone (Powell, Ohio)
Elizabeth Ryan (Hoosick Falls, N.Y.)
Meghan Schneider (San Diego, Calif.)
Annie Snead (Midlothian, Va.)
Sofia Southam* (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Christie Van de Kamp (Midlothian, Va.)
Elise Wong (Perth Amboy, N.J.)
Corinne Zanolli (Newtown Square, Pa.)

*Attending U-19 JNC

Development Junior National Camp Selections

Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.)
Margaret Bettez (Acton, Mass.)
Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas)
Taylor Blood (Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Virginia Bramley (Elizabethtown, Pa.)
Kelsey Briddell (Wilton, N.Y.)
Katrina Carter (Berkeley, Calif.)
Amanda Collins (Binghampton, N.Y.)
Cori Conley (Oak Park, Ill.)
Nikki Freeman (Dowingtown, Pa.)
Lily Gandhi (Evanston, Ill.)
Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air, Md.)
Danielle Grega (Kingston, Pa.)
Ally Hammel (Duxbury, Mass.)
Carrie Hanks (Niskayuna, N.Y.)
Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.)
Jess Jecko (Sauquoit, N.Y.)
Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.)
Kelly Marks (Elverson, Pa.)
Emily McCoy (Lititz, Pa.)
Erin Menges (Richmond, Va.)
Mikayla Michals (Needham, Mass.)
Victoria Newbill (Homestead, Fla.)
Sabrina Rhodes (Middletown, Del.)
Sydney Rhodes (Middletown, Del.)
Jenny Rizzo (Hershey, Pa.)
Kealsie Robles (Seaford, Va.)
Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.)
Taylor Stone (Herndon, Va.)
Sophia Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.)
Casey Umstead (Green Lane, Pa.)
Katie Walsh (Louisville, Ky.)

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By: Justin Lafleur, Lehigh Sports Communications
Main Image Credit: Lehigh Athletics

The Lehigh field hockey program is in the midst of a turnaround. Two full years into head coach Caitlin Dallmeyer‘s tenure, the Mountain Hawks are making small strides in tangible results. Most importantly, they are making large strides in the often intangible process, processes which build a foundation for long-lasting success.

“The team has changed in many ways since Coach Caitlin arrived,” said recent graduate Julia Washburn ’18, who saw the coaching change occur midway through her collegiate career. “As a program with a historically poor record, there were times when we seemed to have accepted that fate. The coaching staff has given us the feeling of legitimacy, which definitely drives a higher level of intensity and better work ethic. These pieces are so important for a team’s long-term success, as they make up our culture. A solid culture gives us more space to work on hockey, and makes our time on the field more impactful.”

That time on the field has led to a number of tangible steps forward. For example:

  • Lehigh allowed 14.1 shots per game in 2017, fewest since 2007.
  • Lehigh won all four Patriot League weekly awards (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper, Rookie) at least once for the first time in school history.
  • Lehigh posted three or more shutouts in consecutive seasons (2016 and 2017) for the first time since 1999 and 2000.

Those stats are nice and they’re indicative of a program that is improving, but the Mountain Hawks want much more. Dallmeyer, and the entire Lehigh Athletics administration, understands a transformation doesn’t happen overnight and it takes a lot of hard work, patience and the right people.

“When we hired Caitlin, we shared that most transitions take four or five years to reach full maturity, and most have some stress as coaches and team members get to know each other,” said associate athletic director Stacy Shiffert, who headed the search process that led to Dallmeyer’s arrival at Lehigh. “We are highly confident in Caitlin, committed to the timetable we have observed  and excited by the progress the program has realized in her first two years. We look forward to continuing our work in building a highly-respected field hockey program.”

Instilling Her Values
Dallmeyer is most focused on creating that foundation for long-term success, on and off the field. To do so, she relies on the program’s five values – hard work, accountability, team-first mentality, never settle and leadership.

“I am a firm believer that there is a certain level of fitness needed to play at the Division I level,” said Dallmeyer. “In order to make sure our bodies are prepared for the workload, we must be diligent in caring for ourselves and maintaining a high level of fitness. Our body is our mechanism for participating in any sport and unless consistently tended to, it can fail us. We start every season with fitness testing so we can evaluate our physical capabilities and determine if our bodies are ready for field training. Preparation is key to success and in our program, you can’t earn your team gear unless you prove you are prepared to put the work in required to compete.”

Being prepared to compete takes plenty of hard work and accountability, especially since the preseason comes at the end of the summer months, when the student-athletes are on their own.

“Passing any fitness test does not happen without being accountable for your training,” said Dallmeyer. “In the summer our athletes are busy with internships that run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and they must be diligent in finding time and energy to train outside those hours. You have to be relentless in your pursuit of success to bring the work rate necessary to see gains in your fitness after a long day in the office. We have high standards, it takes a lot of hard work to meet those standards and if we want to reap the benefits of success, we can never settle until they are reached.”

Another important value is having a team-first mentality, which is something that can often be overlooked and underappreciated in today’s society. To combat the tendency to underappreciate the little things, Dallmeyer has made a concerted effort to reinforce positive behaviors.

“As a staff, we believe in highlighting all of our athletes’ successes,” she said. “We award pride bands to our players when they go above and beyond in any way. That could be gains in the weight room, classroom or showing great leadership in an otherwise unrecognized way.  When we do great things on game day, the media covers it, but we represent Lehigh field hockey for 365 days a year. Who is celebrating our successes for the 344 days without competitions? We are, every day. That is our job as coaches to make sure no great accomplishment goes unnoticed.”

Having the little things recognized has made a difference.

“It feels really good to be recognized for outstanding work, and it makes everyone else want to raise their performance, too,” said Washburn. “The best part about the pride bands is that they aren’t only given out for field hockey skills. The coaches recognize integrity, hard work in the weight room and demonstrating exceptional leadership, among other areas. It emphasizes how everyone can be a contributor to the team, even if it’s not in minutes played.”

The Patriot League’s motto is Today’s Scholar-Athletes, Tomorrow’s Leaders. Lehigh field hockey is preparing tomorrow’s leaders. In fact, leadership was one of the primary reasons Dallmeyer came to Lehigh.

“I would not have come to Lehigh if they did not value leadership within the department,” she said. “We already have so many great programs in place within the Lehigh Athletics Leadership Academy, and I feel like it’s my job as a coach to make sure that I’m identifying potential leadership in the recruiting process and fostering it every day on the field.”

One way Dallmeyer fosters that leadership is creating opportunities to lead for a variety of team members.

“We create drills in which we only allow some of our less vocal players to speak so we can help them develop confidence in communicating with their more vocal peers,” said Dallmeyer. “This displays the need to have everyone involved. It is difficult to grow as a player or person if you are never challenged to do so.”

“It can be so easy as an underclassman to fade into the background of practice, lifts and team bonding,” said Washburn. “The coaches don’t allow that. As someone who wishes I had more confidence as a freshman, it’s awesome that the coaches encourage underclassmen to make an impact from the day they step on campus. This makes for a unified team, happier people and more productive players.”

The end result is leading each other in game situations, and the game of life.

“When our coaching staff sees great leadership displayed, we call it out,” said Dallmeyer. “When we don’t see it, we demand it. We want to make sure that we are developing young women to be able to lead when they graduate Lehigh.

“Thirty percent of our alumnae base is in a leadership role within their companies in one way or another. We don’t just want players striving to be in that 30 percent; we want players who are willing to help foster it in others so the number grows to 40 percent.”

Gratifying Moments 
So far, the transformation has featured a fair share of challenges, but also plenty of highlights.

“The gratifying piece is redefining the culture, having the team define what they want to be known for and what they want this program to look like to other people – then watching them take the lead to make sure behaviors and actions are lining up,” said Dallmeyer. “That’s a really big task when you think about teams and transitioning culture.”

The Mountain Hawks have focused on defining a culture that incorporates all aspects of the student-athlete experience.

“Lehigh Athletics is set up really well with the support they provide in all areas, from leadership development, to academics, to our strength and conditioning staff,” said Dallmeyer. “Our staff is not just our three coaches; it extends far beyond. Our athletes have relationships with a variety of people within the department. It’s my job to make sure our resources are put in front of them on a regular basis.”

Those resources are seeing impressive gains in areas beyond the game field.

“This team has completely changed its culture and the pride they have in this program,” said assistant strength and conditioning coach Dominic Carlineo. “There has been major progress in the tangible numbers, but the true growth I have witnessed has been in everything that happens behind the scenes. Their toughness, mindset, dedication, organization, discipline and off-field commitment is growing continuously.”

“I have heard a strong desire by the women on the team to improve and grow, and they are beginning to confront the realities of what their desired level of improvement requires in terms of practical commitments,” said director of athletics leadership development Julie Ammary. “Coaches are holding people accountable to those commitments, demonstrating the kind of integrity we aim to teach our leaders. The conversations I have been part of reflect growth and maturity by individuals who have taken a hard look in the mirror, asking themselves what matters most to them and acknowledging the level of effort and investment necessary to realize those values and goals.”

Some goals are already being realized on the field, most notably, defeating Lafayette last season for the first time since 2005. As the team stormed the field following the overtime game-winner, the moment was a reminder that working together for a collective goal is fun.

“Playing a collegiate sport is one of the most challenging, yet rewarding collegiate experiences one can have,” said Dallmeyer. “I believe the feeling of accomplishment that we consistently seek throughout this journey is the greatest reward. Celebrations after big wins, succeeding in a new role at practice, and executing a skill in game play that you have put hours of practice into achieving are perhaps some of the best moments we take away from our four-year experience.

“However, without the relationships we build along the way, those moments are meaningless. Pouring yourself into your team and fully connecting with those around you is critical to making the best out of every second in the program. From the team-building activities created by the staff to the late-night study groups with your teammates, every moment is one that should be cherished because you are experiencing them with your best friends.”

The program is taking steps forward not only on the field, but also in the classroom.

“It seems like the student-athletes are more motivated and engaged across the board academically,” said director of student-athlete academic services Katie Guynn. “I love walking through team study hall in the student-athlete lounge because they’re all focused and working hard, which has contributed to their collective success academically.”

Dallmeyer and her staff have emphasized the importance of academics and it has already paid off. In the four semesters since Dallmeyer was named head coach, the team’s average GPA is 3.34, up 0.11 from the previous four semesters.

“Caitlin is so supportive of the work my area does,” said Guynn. “She was eager to learn about academic life and academic support when she got here and continues to prioritize academic excellence. I’ve noticed that the team practices in the mornings a few days a week, which opens the afternoon for those study halls.”

“We’re constantly reminding ourselves there’s a much bigger picture than just focusing on wins and losses,” said Dallmeyer. “We need to push our student-athletes to see their potential on the field, but also as young leaders in their field of choosing, helping them find their voice and find their confidence. I want to make sure that when they graduate, they know who they are, they know what they’re capable of and they’re bringing those values into everything they do.”

Moving Forward
Along with getting the most out of the present-day program to set the foundation for the future, it is important to find the right people for the program’s future.

“Our challenge is to make sure we’re bringing in people who will commit to the continual change of Lehigh field hockey,” said Dallmeyer. “We have to make sure we’re identifying talent, which is the easiest part, then bringing in student-athletes with the levels of integrity and character that we need to uphold the movement and standards of the program. The person we’re looking for has to be resilient – have experienced setbacks in the past and overcome them.

“We can’t guarantee instant success. This program has seen its challenges and has been working to climb itself into the spotlight.”

It’s a slow climb, but the Mountain Hawks are well on their way under the leadership of Dallmeyer.

“Caitlin has made a groundbreaking impact on this program,” said Carlineo. “I could go on and on, but simply put, she has put in endless effort and positively affected her athletes’ lives while completely changing the reputation of the field hockey program around our school and the league.”

It is essential to continue developing the student-athletes who are dedicated to the program’s vision, while recruiting the next generation of Mountain Hawks who can continue taking Lehigh field hockey a step further.

“Continuing to highlight the athletes in the program that are dedicated to our vision is an important priority,” said Dallmeyer. “Fostering that drive and making sure that fire doesn’t blow out is a critical piece to us moving forward.”

Everyone is in it together.

“There’s not enough room on this page to embrace my excitement,” said Carlineo. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but her program knows what it is up against and welcomes it with open arms and a full head of steam.”

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USA Field Hockey has announced the players invited to attend U19 Junior National Camp from the National Futures Championships.  Junior National Camp will be held July 5-8 at Spooky Nook Sports.  Read the full release here.  Congratulations to the selected players!

U19 Junior National Camp Selections

Mackenzie Allessie (Mount Joy, Pa.)

Madison Baciuska (Afton, N.Y.)

Gabrielle Barraco (Allentown, Pa.)

Emily Berlinghof (Huntington, N.Y.)

Kayla Blas (Pendleton, N.Y.)

Leann Bough (Whitney Point, N.Y.)

Isabella Bressler (Leesport, Pa.)

Skyler Caron (Hampton, N.J.)

Megan Connors (San Diego, Calif.)

Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach , Va.)

Sam Davidson (North Andover, Va.)

Emma Deberdine (Millersville, Pa.)

Charlotte DeVries (Wayne, Pa.)

Lindsay Dickinson (Glen Mills, Pa.)

Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, Pa.)

Bethany Dykema (Newport News, Va.)

Nathalie Friedman (Phoenix, Md.)

Riley Fulmer (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Frederique Fyhr (Houston, Texas)

Greer Gill * (Virginia Beach , Va.)

Peyton Halsey (Reading, Pa.)

Mary Harkins (Kimberton, Pa.)

Kara Heck (Berlin, N.J.)

Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.)

Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa.)

Madison Kahn (Voorhees, N.J.)

Mackenzie Karl (Centreville, Va.)

Caroline Kelly (Malvern, Pa.)

Margot Lawn (Pasadena, Md.)

Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

Taylor Mason (Doylestown, Pa.)

Kelsey McCrudden (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)

Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa. )

Hannah Miller (Malvern, Pa.)

Samantha Minrath (Louisville, Ky.)

Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa.)

Kathryn Peterson (San Diego, Calif.)

Abby Pitcairn (Ohara, Pa.)

Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, Pa.)

Hatley Post (Houston, Texas)

Meghan Reese (Center Valley, Pa.)

Kelsey Reznick (Drums, Pa.)

Kathryn Schneider (San Diego, Calif.)

Tara Smith (Roseland, N.J.)

Erica Solomen (Medford, N.J.)

Peyton Tollaksen (Chesapeake, Va.)

Josie Varney (Smithfield, Maine)

Grace Wallis (Blue Bell, Pa.)

Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.)

Madeleine Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.)

Brynn Zorilla (Vista, Calif.)

* Attending U-21 JNC      

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