Field hockey announces incoming class of recruits

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille of the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey program announced that seven student-athletes have committed to join the Hawks in advance of the 2018 season and beyond.

Hailing from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the seven will join the defending Northeast-10 Conference Regular Season Champions fresh off a 17-3 season in which the squad made its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

"I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this incoming class to campus," remarked King-Robitaille, who enters her seventh season at the helm of the program. "This class is incredibly coachable and talented. Many of these student-athletes excelled in multiple sports throughout their careers and are remarkable students.

"These young women are highly motivated and know what it takes to be successful on and off the field, which is going to be critical as they transition to Saint Anselm as student-athletes," said King-Robitaille. "More than anything, these young women are great human beings and will be a welcome addition to our team and the campus community."

The Hawks will open their 17th season as a varsity program on Friday, Aug. 31 on the road against Bellarmine. A comprehensive schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Sarah Bagley – Forward/Midfield – North Andover, Mass. (North Andover / Seacoast United Essex)

A three-time Merrimack Valley All-Conference field hockey player and the Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year in 2017, Bagley joins the Hawks from North Andover High School and as a member of the Seacoast United Essex Field Hockey Club. She was twice honored as her team's Best All-Around Player and was a captain during her senior season for both field hockey and track.

Bagley also earned Boston Herald All-Scholastic Field Hockey Honors as a senior. During her playing career, Bagley was twice selected to the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship and was selected to play in the AAU Junior Olympic Games too. Her athleticism carried over to the track where she was a three-time Merrimack Valley All-Star. In the classroom, Bagley ranked in the top-10 percent of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Vice President of the Interact Club, a community service club.

Sarah will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.

"Sarah has had a decorated high school career and is probably one of the most humble players I have encountered," said King-Robitaille. "She has the ability to play anywhere on the field and will be more than willing to do just that if called upon. She has a tremendous field hockey IQ, great skills and a strong ability to execute. She makes players around her better and will surely help us continue to raise our level of play in the fall."

Jackie Gaumer – Midfield – Thornton, N.H. (Plymouth Regional / Granite State Elite)

Gaumer was a four-year starter and captain for the Bobcats field hockey, basketball and softball teams. She earned Second Team All-State Honors in field hockey as a junior and First Team recognition as a senior. A member of the National Honor Society, Gaumer was named a New Hampshire Scholar-Athlete and served as a class treasurer. She also was awarded her school's Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

Jackie will be majoring in Criminal Justice this Fall.

"Jackie is a hardworking midfielder who is willing to do whatever the coaches ask of her to help the team succeed," said King-Robitaille. "She is going to bring some much-needed depth to that position and will be valuable in her ability to take on any position and be relentless in her play."

Carly LaCasse – Forward – Bourne, Mass. (Bourne / New England Strikers Field Hockey Club)

LaCasse will graduate as the Canalmen's all-time leading scorer in field hockey and ice hockey. As a senior, LaCasse was the South Coast Conference's leading scorer and earned league All-Star honors alongside Boston Globe All-Scholastic Honors for both field hockey and ice hockey.

The New Bedford Standard Times selected her for Super Team Honors in ice hockey and she went on to collect South Coast Conference All-Star recognition for lacrosse. Academically, LaCasse has been recognized with a Scholar Athlete distinction and has consistently earned Highest Honors.

Carly is currently undecided on which major she will pursue.

"Carly is a scorer. As the all-time leading scorer in her high school's history for two sports and possibly three when lacrosse season concludes, Carly knows how to put the ball in the net," said Robitaille. "She is tenacious in the circle and has great hands and stick-work. Her effort in front of the goal cage is what sets her apart. I look forward to watching Carly develop her skills at this level and bring her tireless goal-scoring mentality to our team."

Maddison LeBeau – Defense – Westbrook, Maine (Westbrook / Coastal Field Hockey)

LeBeau had a decorated career for the Blue Blazes and helped them to their first appearance in the Class A State Championship since 1980 before falling 2-1 to perennial champion Skowhegan. LeBeau was a three time Southwester Maine Activities Association All-Conference Team honoree, including back to back First Team selections as a junior and senior.

She was named as one of Portland Press Herald "Players to Watch" prior to the 2016 and 2017 seasons en route to back-to-back Maine Field Hockey Association All-State Team recognition and team Most Valuable Player honors. In her senior season, LeBeau also earned Maine Sunday Telegram All-State honors and MAX Field Hockey All-New England Region Second Team recognition. Academically, LeBeau excels in the classroom and earned National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Squad honors in both her junior and senior years.

No stranger to the Hilltop, Maddison's older sister, Micaela, will graduate from Saint Anselm next month with a degree in Nursing. Maddison is currently undecided on which major she will pursue.

"A strong defender with great offensive skills and vision, Maddison will fit in well with our defensive unit," said Robitaille. "She brings valuable versatility to our backfield and will help support our ability to transition from our defensive end quickly into offensive opportunities."

Emilie Martin – Forward – Yarmouth, Maine (Yarmouth / Maine Styx)

Martin was a four-year varsity field hockey player for the Clippers and a team captain during her senior season. She also earned her team's Offensive Player Award in her final season of play. She was selected as a Western Maine Conference First Team honoree in 2017 as well as an All-Academic Award recipient by the league.

Off the field, Martin is Third Degree Black Belt in American Tae Kwon Do and a First Dan (Black Belt) in Korean Tae Kwon Do. In the classroom, Martin was a four-year honor roll student and will graduate Cum Laude.

Emilie will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.

"Emilie is an extremely motivated individual who wants to and works at getting better every day," said Robitaille. "She has great possession skills and maneuverability in the offensive zone. Her thirst for knowledge and improvement will push her teammates to strive to be better as well. Her play will help us quickly progress as we start a new season with a new squad."

Andrea McNeil – Midfield – Canton, Mass. (Canton)

McNeil was a four-year varsity member and captain of the field hockey and ice hockey teams. She was also a three-year varsity member of the track team. As a senior, McNeil was her field hockey team's Most Valuable Player and earned Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honors.

She was a Hockomock League All-Star and was the Canton Citizen's Female Fall Most Valuable Player. McNeil also helped her ice hockey team earn back-to-back Division 1 State Championship game appearances in her junior and senior seasons. McNeil excels in the classroom and is a National Honor Society member, Century Club member and was her high school's 2018 Hockomock Female Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

Collegiate field hockey and specifically Northeast-10 Conference field hockey runs in the family as five of McNeil's seven older sisters played the sport collegiately. Her older sisters suited up for Holy Cross, Stonehill and Merrimack and her sister Mary is currently a junior All-American field hockey player for Merrimack.

Andrea will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.

"Andrea has a lengthy family history in collegiate field hockey and has watched her sisters succeed and play at incredibly high levels throughout the years," said Robitaille. "I am excited for Andrea to get her opportunity now and show what type of impact she can have on our program. She has fantastic stick skills and great speed as well as a relentless work ethic. She is a selfless player who will make the most of her opportunities from the beginning."

McKenzie Robinson – Midfield – Mont Vernon, N.H. (Souhegan)

Robinson was a four-year varsity starter and senior captain for the Sabers field hockey team. She earned Nashua Telegraph First Team All-Area and First Team All-State Honors. Robinson was also chosen to play in the Twin State Games, a senior All-Star game for New Hampshire field hockey players who compete against an all-star cast from Vermont.

She also suited up for the Sabers basketball and lacrosse programs, earning Defensive Player of the Year in both sports and First Team All-Area in lacrosse. Academically, McKenzie was recognized with the Division II New Hampshire Scholar-Athlete Award and is the elected secretary of her school's National Honor Society. She is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

Robinson will be a two-sport student-athlete at Saint Anselm and will play for Head Coach Meghan Smith and the Hawks women's lacrosse team. She will major in Elementary Education on the Hilltop.

"McKenzie has great speed, quickness and endurance in the midfield and will help us push the pace of our play between the 25-yard lines," said King-Robitaille. "She has the ability to cover a lot of ground quickly and maintain possession through the midfield, which will help us continue to improve on our turnover ratio and our attacking mindset in our offensive zone."