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 2019 season and beyond.
Hailing from Maine and Massachusetts, the seven will join a Hawks squad that has qualified for the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament for three consecutive seasons. In 2018, the Hawks racked up 15 victories, earning a berth in the Northeast-10 Conference title game for the first time since 2016.
"We are thrilled to finally announce our incoming class for the fall of 2019," remarked King-Robitaille. "These seven student-athletes represent all of the qualities we are looking for in Hawks field hockey players - outstanding students, established leaders, driven and competitive athletes, and engaged community members."
The Hawks will open their 19th season as a varsity program on Thursday, Sept. 5 on the road against Franklin Pierce. A comprehensive schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
We look forward to them joining us in August as we embark on another incredible season of competitive hockey in the NE10 and Division II.
For the next 7 days we are going to introduce the 7 new Hawks joining us in 2019! Welcome Joanna! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm "Joanna is a relentless and aggressive player who can fill a role anywhere on the field. She has a great work ethic and always plays hard." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/BpRnWvcjC4— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 1, 2019
Joanna Archambault – Midfield/Forward – Andover, Mass. (Andover HS)
A three-year varsity team member for the Golden Warriors of Andover High School, Archambault helped her team to a Merrimack Valley Conference Championship during her sophomore and junior seasons and won the Division I State Championship after an undefeated season as a junior.
Serving as a team captain, the Golden Warriors made it back to the Division I North finals this season. For her efforts, Archambault earned Merrimack Valley All-Conference First Team honors, All-Star honors from the Eagle Tribune, and was selected for the Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches' Association "Best of 60" Senior All-Star Game.
She has been a member of the Seacoast Essex United field hockey club for the past several seasons and, in the classroom, Archambault is an Honor Roll student and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.
"Joanna is a relentless and aggressive player who can fill a role anywhere on the field," said King-Robitaille. "She has a great work ethic and always plays hard."
Our 2nd new Hawk was a state champ this year and the MA DII Player of the Year. Welcome Shelby! �� @stahawks @saintanselm "Shelby is an intensely competitive and skilled midfielder. She is a playmaker who will do whatever it takes to give her team a chance to win." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/AjGW7JfPaB— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 2, 2019
Shelby Dunn – Midfield – Yarmouthport, Mass. (Dennis-Yarmouth Regional HS)
Dunn will come to the Hilltop after an athletic and academic career at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Academically, Dunn is an Honor Roll student and member of the National Honor Society. Athletically, Dunn competed in four sports for the Dolphins (field hockey, basketball, lacrosse and track).
The Dolphins field hockey team were three-time Atlantic Coast League Champions and two-time South Sectional Champions before capping off her senior season in 2018 as a Division II MIAA State Champion. Dunn was a three-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star who earned All-Scholastic merits from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
In her final season, she was named to the Max Field Hockey 2018 High School All Region Team and was chosen as the 2018 Boston Globe Division II Player of the Year. She has not yet decided on a major.
"Shelby is an intensely competitive and skilled midfielder," said King-Robitaille. "She is a playmaker who will do whatever it takes to give her team a chance to win the game."
Our 3rd new Hawk is another great player from our neighbor to the south. Welcome Emma! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 3, 2019
"Emma is a strong defender with a great leadership presence in the backfield. She is a smart player with great anticipation for the next play." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/ECQ3HUFEbB
Emma Izydorczak – Defender – Wrentham, Mass. (King Philip Regional HS)
A four-year member of the King Philip Regional High School field hockey team, Izydorczak, a two-sport athlete (lacrosse), was named one of the Hockomock League "players to watch: prior to the 2018 season after leading her team on defense and helping them win a league championship and South Section title in 2017.
A previous Hockomock League and Sun Chronicle All-Star, Izydorczak was a team captain and was voted as her team's Unsung Hero. She has competed for the Lead The Way field hockey club out of Providence, R.I. for the past several years and is also a standout in the classroom, ranking in the top five percent of her class.
She is a member of both the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, Izydorczak was her high school class Vice President and was a DECA International finalist in community service. Izydorczak will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.
"Emma is a strong defender with a great leadership presence in the backfield," remarked King-Robitaille. "She is a smart player with great anticipation of the next play."
A scoring threat from Canton, we welcome Maggie as our 4th new Hawk in 2019! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 4, 2019
"Maggie is a dogged goal scorer. She has a presence and a determination in the circle that will lead to great offensive opportunities." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/A6JVCj212j
Maggie Malloy – Forward – Canton, Mass. (Canton HS)
Malloy will graduate from Canton as one of the school's most prolific scorers in both field hockey and ice hockey. A two sport stand-out for the Bulldogs, Malloy most recently earned her third consecutive Hockomock League All-Star nod and her third-straight Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic recognition.
She is also a two time Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic as well as a two-time Shriners All-State Game selection. As a senior, Malloy reached the 100-point plateau on the ice, played in her third-straight state championship game and was recognized as her league's most valuable player. On the field, Malloy finished her career with 66 goals and 18 assists. Malloy was thrice named a Hockomock League All-Star after only picking up field hockey her sophomore year of high school.
She concluded her field hockey career by being selected for the Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches' Association "Best of 60" Senior All-Star Game. She was also picked as the Patriot Ledger 2018 Field Hockey Player of the Year. In the classroom, Malloy is an Honor Roll student and will major in Biology on the Hilltop.
"Maggie is dogged goal scorer," said King-Robitaille. "She has a presence and a determination in the circle that will lead to great offensive opportunities."
The Sunday edition, welcome to the Hawk family Lauren! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 5, 2019
"Lauren is a skillful defender with the ability to navigate out of the backfield with her excellent stick-work. She has great versatility and vision in transition as well." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/yoEV73U8im
Lauren Mauretti – Defender – Somerset, Mass. (Bishop Stang HS)
Mauretti, a three-sport athlete for the Spartans, racked up many accolades after her senior field hockey season that included her selection as an Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) All-Star and a Herald News All-Star. She was also named to the South Coast Super Team.
A member of the Lead The Way field hockey club out of Providence, R.I. for the past several years, Mauretti, who is one of the strongest defenders in the EAC for field hockey, also competes in indoor track and lacrosse. She is a captain of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams for the Spartans.
Off the field, Mauretti holds the position of Student Council Vice President. She will major in Biology on the Hilltop.
"Lauren is a skillful defender with the ability to navigate out of the backfield with her stick-work," said King-Robitaille. "She also has great vision in transition as well."
Our 6th new Hawk was her league's MVP the last two seasons. Welcome to the Hilltop Maeve! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 6, 2019
"Maeve is a fiery forward with great speed and tenacity in the offensive zone. She has the ability to take and score with a variety of shots." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/PmwOhmsUNN
Maeve Murphy – Forward – Scituate, Mass. (Scituate HS)
Murphy wrapped up a stellar field hockey career for the Sailors in the fall. A four-year starter, Murphy was the team's leading scorer in each of her four seasons. She was a three-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic selection and also earned similar honors from the MetroWest Daily News.
A three-time Patriot League All-Star, Murphy was the Most Valuable Player of the league in her junior and senior campaigns. In her final season, she was named team captain and was selected to play in the Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches' Association "Best of 60" Senior All-Star Game and has been a past selection for the USA Field Hockey National Futures championship.
In the classroom, Murphy is an Honor Roll student and is part of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. She will major in Nursing on the Hilltop.
"Maeve is a fiery forward with great speed and tenacity in the offensive zone," said King-Robitaille. "She has the ability to take and score with a variety of shots."
Our final Hawk is from the great state of Maine. Welcome Avery! �� @STAHawks @SaintAnselm— Hawks Field Hockey (@STAHawksFH) May 7, 2019
"Avery is an incredibly versatile player. She is a true playmaker with the ability to find her teammates in space or eliminate defenders in the midfield to create a break." - Coach King pic.twitter.com/kjMfZs2WJ4
Avery Tucker – Midfield/Forward – Westbrook, Maine (Westbrook HS)
Tucker started all 67 games of her four-year career for the Blue Blazes field hockey program. A two-time captain, Tucker was her team's leading goal scorer during her sophomore and junior seasons and broke her school's single-season record for goals scored during her junior year.
As a senior, Tucker led her team in assists and broke the school records for most career goals scored, earning her Most Valuable Player honors from her team. She was a four-time Southern Maine Athletic Association (SMAA) All-Conference selection and earned All-State honors on two occasions. She was selected as a Varsity Maine Play of the Year finalist in 2018.
She competed for Coastal field hockey club out of Auburn, Maine for the past six years and was also a four-sport varsity athlete for the Blue Blazes, competing in basketball, lacrosse and track & field for the past six years. During the 2017-18 season, she joined the unified basketball team as a mentor and helped the team win a State Championship.
Academically, Tucker was recognized as an SMAA Senior All-Academic selection and is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. In February, she was chosen as a WSCH 6 News Varsity Club inductee, which recognizes academic and community service contributions. Tucker will major in Education on the Hilltop.
"Avery is a remarkably versatile player," said King-Robitaille. "She is a true playmaker with her ability to find her teammates in space or eliminate defenders in the midfield to create a break."