It’s All In The Numbers, Lafayette Signs Class Of Eight

Most of the new Leopards attending a Lafayette basketball game with their new teammates during a visit

April 13 was NCAA National Letter of Intent signing day for field hockey and Coach Jennifer Stone released her list of eight new Leopards, who will enter Lafayette College as student athletes this fall. Six were named in earlier fall articles found on this site, and two were added during this final signing day. Stone is justifiably proud of this class, three of which hail from New Jersey, three from Pennsylvania, and two from the Netherlands, who were added to the list yesterday. ” We are extremely excited about the our Class of 2020. They represent players from some of the best hockey areas in the country and the world. They fit the mold of a Lafayette field hockey player by their athleticism, intelligence and character,”remarked coach Stone.

This is Stone’s largest class since she was named Head Coach. It is also the largest class in the Patriot League for this coming fall. Bucknell and Colgate have named six each, Holy Cross seven, American and Boston who both had large classes last year named three and two respectively, and Lehigh appears to have a class of four for new head coach Caitlin Dallmeyer. Six of the League schools put out press releases yesterday or earlier. Lehigh’s numbers were gleaned from other sources.

The new Leopard’s class seems to fill needs left by the graduating seniors. In all respects, they will add depth and skill all over the field. There is one goalie, several who might be found at the midfield or defense, including some prolific scorers

Here are the new Leopards in alphabetical order with a brief description of their accomplishments:

Ana Buzzerd ( Haddonfield Memorial)- Four year letter winner, captain, two time first team all conference, all south Jersey, two year captain of the track team, national honor society,Spanish Honor Society played hockey for Sprint of USA in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Cameron Costello ( New Hope-Solebury)-four year letter winner, plays multiple positions, team was league champions, captain, all-league, holds record for most points in a season (52), four year letter winner in lacrosse, National Honor Society, Mystx FHC, medaled at the Disney showcase.

Jenn Delongis (North Penn)- a great athlete in both lacrosse and field hockey, captain of the field hockey team, All-Intellegencer, North Penn Female Outstanding Athlete, national honor society, played club field hockey for X-Calibur

Samantha Di Maio (West Morris Mendham)- Can play forward and midfield, tallied 30 goals and 29 assists in high school. She was all conference, all county, county MVP, and all state selectee. She is a high honor roll student and played for the Total Dutch Field Hockey Club in Somerset ,N.J.

Sarah Park (Methacton) Sarah will see action at goal. She was a four year letter winner, and captain her senior year.Named all league and all academic performer. She was ranked fifth in save percentage within the Philadelphia Area, she is a distinguished honor student. She played for the Viper field hockey club which won the 2015 pool one NIT championship. Sarah was impressed with Lafayette’s engineering program and decided this fall that Lafayette was the place for her.

Rose on Jonckheer-(Naarden, Netherlands/Willem deZwijer College)- played club field hockey for Naarden Hockey Club and Gooische Hockey Club and was part of three regional championship winning teams, she is an all around athlete playing outdoor and indoor soccer. Her aunt, Judith Jonckheer was an all-American at the University of North Carolina in 1985. Here is a video of Rosa demonstrating some of her skills

Caroline Turnbull-(Madison)- As a four year starter she was a prolific scorer, having scored 54 goals and 38 assists during her high school career. Her team was a state champion, and she was team captain and named MVP her senior year. She was named to the all state, all county, and all conference teams. She was also named the Daily Record Morris County Player of the year. She is a member of the New Heights Field Hockey Club and was Disney U-19 gold medalist.Also a member of the all-academic team in New Jersey.She played in the National Futures Championships and the Junior Olympics as a member of the USAFH team.

Lisa van der Geest (Oegstgeest, Netherlands/Rijnlands Lyceum)- Her school placed second in the National school championships and she played for the Leidsche en Oegstgeester Hockey Club. She is described by Coach Stone as a natural hockey player. Her ability to distribute all over the field makes her perfect for Lafayette’s style of play. She will most likely see action in the backfield. Here is her recruiting video.

Lafayette has the most appearances in the League playoffs of any other team in the league.  Last year they fell in the semi-final game to American University.

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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