Coach Stone published, for the first time, a full description of her incoming class and it is intriguing. It is a geographically diverse class with home addresses ranging from Germany to Illinois, from Western Canada to New Jersey, Ireland to Maryland, with a little local Pennsylvania to keep us grounded. On the other side of the graduation ceremony is alumnus Amanda Magadan continuing to impress, following her starting efforts for the United States Women’s Field Hockey Team in South Africa, qualifying for the World Cup next spring.
Hockey fans will get a chance to catch this Lafayette all- american in action at the national training center over the coming week, in the Pan Am games right here in Pennsylvania. You can get an update and directions to Spooky Nook online at the USA Field Hockey website.
The honors keep coming for Amanda, as she has been selected as the Patriot League’s nomination for NCAA woman of the year!!! So for those you who are real fans and can’t get enough, you have a choice between new leopards and alumni veterans, college division one hockey, or international hockey at the highest level.
Getting some real info on the freshman class just wetted our appetite for the season to begin. With an August 8th report date fast approaching, I am sure the players are just as excited as I am.
I had previously previewed some of the class during the early signing period last fall. However, there has been some additional names, and more information. Overall here are some factoids. There are four players who are at least 5’6′ with two at about 5’11.” All have a state and some even some national recognition in their resume.
Lola Dada was the latest addition, and will give us talented depth at goal keeper. She comes from Parkville Md, and the Bryn Mawr school for girls. She was a four year starter on a team that make to the IAAM quarterfinals. She is multi talented, playing softball, and throwing the discus and shot put for her track and field team garnering a fifth in her local championships. Like all our recruits, she a scholar and will major in neuroscience.
Audrey Sawers is joining our already visible North Vancouver contingent. She was a starter for five years on her hockey club at midfield and was named MVP and first all star in her provincial games. An all around athlete she played basketball and soccer for her school. She even found time to contribute to her track and field team. She will major in economics.
Anna Steps comes from Germany beginning her hockey career at Rahlistedter Hockey Club. She played on the Klipper Club placing second and third in her state championships several times. They were German Champions in 2015. She will major in psychology. Ana will be flying in from Hamburg.
Some additional facts, Greta Kulby’s father played soccer for Lafayette for two years before transferring to Wisconsin. Her mother played soccer at Xavier and her brother completes the Division one lineage as a soccer player at South Carolina.
The entire class can be found at http://www.goleopards.com.