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Field Hockey Signs Nine to National Letters of Intent

Head coach Helen Knull has announced that nine players will join the Spartans for the 2013 season.

Feb. 10, 2013

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey program has announced that nine players will join the Spartans for the 2013 season.

"I am very excited about the talent and diversity of this freshman class," said head coach Helen Knull.  "We have players joining us from the Midwest, East Coast and Europe - and they all have different strengths to their games which complement one another.  Through each individuals recruiting process I had a fantastic time getting to know them as individuals and connecting with their families.  The one thing they all have in common is that they bleed Green and White and cannot wait to step on campus to start their careers at MSU."

Simone Vagnoni
Fr, D, Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford

Four-year member of the Spring-Ford varsity team ... Competed as part with X-Calibur field hockey club from 2006-12 ... Member of US U-17 team and Women's Junior National Indoor team from 2011-12 ... Part of the 2012 PAC 10 Championship team ... Named 2012 all-area first team ... Honored as part of the 2012 PAC 10 All-Conference First Team ... Member of the 2012 Harrow Sports-NFHCA High School All-Region Second Team for Pennsylvania.  ... PAC 10 All-Academic in 2012 ... Born Feb. 27, 1995 ... Daughter of Rachel and John Vagnoni.

Vagoni on MSU: "I chose Michigan State because I loved the campus.  Every time I was there, I felt like I was at home.  I really like that MSU has a strong academic program and support system.  Another major factor in choosing to become a Spartan was the amazing field hockey coaching staff."

Knull on Vagnoni: "Simone is a very talented player who I expect to make an immediate impact here at MSU. She has had a very successful high school career at Spring-Ford and has also been highly involved with US Field Hockey. Simone is a competitor on and off the field - her work ethic, game understanding and athleticism will help her to adjust to the college game quickly."

Lauren Bonness
Fr, F, State College, Pa./State College Area High School

Member of State College Blue Lions Field Hockey Club ... Competed for four years for State College High School ... Member of District VI Pennsylvania AAA Field Hockey Championship team in 2012 ... Participated in the US Field Hockey Futures program ... Also member of high school track and field team ... 2012 Girls Track and Field PIAA AAA PA state finalist for 200m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay ... .Participated on the PIAA AAA Pennsylvania state championship team in 2011 ... Competed in 2011 at the New Balance Track and Field Nationals in Greensboro, N.C.  ... Born May 11, 1995 ... Daughter of Bill and Linda Bonness.

Bonness on MSU: "I chose Michigan State because I love the coaching staff and it has a great reputation for athletics as part of the Big Ten."

Knull on Bonness: "Lauren has had a very successful high school career not only on the field hockey field, but also on the track. Her speed is phenomenal and the coaching staff is excited to develop her speed of hands and decision making so they can match her foot speed!  A State College native, games at Penn State will be fun as I am sure Lauren will have her own cheering section."

Kendal Anderson
Fr, M, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights High School

Member of several club teams including GOA Reds Canadian Team, Heartland and Cleveland Continental Fusion Field Hockey Club ... 2012 Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Year ... Honored as part of North East Ohio First-Team All-League (2012) ...  Selected first-team all-state for 2012 season ... Named Academic All-Ohio (2012) ... 2012 regional All-America  ... Born Jan. 26, 1995 ... Daughter of Erick and Hilary Anderson.

Anderson on MSU: "I chose Michigan State for many reasons, I think the campus is beautiful and I love it.  I think that the food is amazing, which I consider very important.  The field hockey coaches and team seem like a family and I love them.  I also want to go into elementary education and Michigan State has the best education program."

Knull on Anderson: "Kendal follows in the footsteps of her Aunt, Jen Clarke (Hughes), who played field hockey at Michigan State in the 90's.  She had a decorated high school career at Shaker Heights and is coming off a solid senior season which saw her high school program fall just short of making the Final Four."

Jessica Albers
Fr, F/M, Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands/Scala College

District Champion of the National Shell strike competition ... Member of the District Zuid Holland Squad in 2011 ... Selected as team Captain for her club team each of the last six seasons ... Member of the HC Alphen First Ladies Indoor team ... Captain of Scala College field hockey selection team ... Since 2011, member of the First Ladies of HC Alphen ... Born June 18, 1996 ... Daughter of Ruud and Jolanda Adlers.

Albers on MSU: "I chose to come to Michigan State because the atmosphere was very positive and energetic.  I like that it is a huge university, with many students who all have different backgrounds.  As an international player, I feel that is a very important factor and Michigan State feels like a second home to me.  The campus also has many sport facilities and a great staff.  It's important to me that the school will make sure I will be the best I can.  I can't wait to be part of the Spartan family; GO GREEN GO WHITE.

Knull on Albers: "Getting to know Jess has been a fun process as her style of play reflects her personality. On the field she is dynamic, strong and confident. All these qualities speak true to her personality off the field. I believe she will be a great addition to our returning forward group and I am excited to welcome Jess to East Lansing from her hometown of Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands."

Kristin Matula
Fr, M, Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy

Four-year member of the varsity field hockey team (2009-12) ... Captain of her team in the 2012 season ... Helped Sacred Heart capture the Kentucky state championship (2010 and 2012) ... Member of International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky ... In 2012, named Miss Kentucky Field Hockey ... Named to NFHCA All-Region Team for 2010 and 2011 seasons ... Named to academic all-state team all four seasons (2009-12) ... Participated in the US Field Hockey Futures program from 2009-12 and at the National Futures Championships from 2010-12 ... Participated in Futures Elite from 2011-13 ... Also a member of the varsity basketball and track and field teams (2009-13) ... First Sacred Heart athlete in school history to play three varsity sports all four years ... Born Nov. 1, 1994 ... Daughter of Alan and Carolyn Matula.

Matula on MSU: "I chose Michigan State because when I visited I loved the campus and everyone on the team was very friendly.  Also, the coaches were welcoming and it made me feel at home while on campus.  I feel that it is the place best suited for my interests and it has all that I want in a college."

Knull on Matula: "Kristin is an exceptional student and athlete. While maintaining a fantastic academic record, she also is the first athlete in her school history to play three varsity sports all four years. Field hockey in Louisville is a tight knit community, so I am excited to see Kristin re-connect with current Spartans Kristen Henn, Claire Johnson and Mallory Tyler as they all compete in Green and White."

Shelby Supica
Fr, F/M, Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer

Three-year varsity player (2010-12) and named captain of the team for the 2012 season ... Helped team win a state championship in 2012 ... First-team Division I All-State (2012) ... First-Team All-Midwest (2012) ... Participated at the National Futures championship in 2012 ... 2010 and 2011 state championship runners-up...Born May 27, 1995 ... Daughter of Steve and Marina Supica.

Supica on Picking MSU: "I chose Michigan State because I wanted to be somewhere close to home, but still far enough away.  Although it is the rival school of my hometown, I felt like I fit in and connected with everyone associated with program really well.  I love the coaching staff and the girls on the team.  I also really wanted to play in the Big Ten Conference, so I could play against my cousin and former teammates.

Knull on Supica: "Shelby comes to East Lansing from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, where she is coached by Jane Nixon. Coach Nixon has such passion for competing in everything you do and always giving 100%. These are two traits that Shelby exudes when she plays field hockey. Growing up in Michigan, she bleeds Green & White and cannot wait to be a part of the Big Ten conference."

Caitlin Abbott
Fr, M/D, Hereford, Md./Hereford

Member of Greene Turtle Fells Point field hockey club team from 2003-13 ... Four-year varsity player for Hereford (2010-12) and served as captain in 2012 ...  Baltimore County Champions 2009-12 ... Named second-team all-state and as first-team all-county in 2012 ... Tabbed first-team all-division in 2011 and 2012 ... Born July 7, 1995 ... Daughter of Duane and Patty Abbott ... Twin sister MaryClaire, also enrolling at MSU in the fall of 2013.

Caitlin Abbott on Picking MSU: "My mom is an MSU alumna and I grew up as a Spartan fan.  I also have a lot of family in Michigan, so even though I will be nine hours away from my hometown, I will still have family around.  Michigan State is the right fit for me between field hockey and the education, and I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to create my future while being a Spartan.  I can't see myself at another school and cannot wait to start my college career."

Knull on Caitlin Abbott: "Caitlin started coming to camp at MSU when she was in middle school. She has deep family roots that bring her to Michigan from Maryland, foremost; her mother is a Spartan alum. I have had the opportunity to watch Caitlin develop into a defender and she is committed to keep improving her game for the next level. It will be a new challenge for me - coaching twins!"

MaryClaire Abbott
Fr, F, Hereford, Md./Hereford

Competed as part of Greene Turtle Fells Point field hockey club team, 2006-12 ... Baltimore County Champions 2009-12 ... Member of Hereford High School field hockey varsity team 2010-12 ... In 2012 named as member of all-division team ... Selected as all-county first team and all-metro first team in 2012 ... Honored as member of all-state second team (2012) ...  Born July 7, 1995 ... Daughter of Duane and Patty Abbott ... Twin sister, Caitlin, also enrolling at MSU in the fall of 2013.

MaryClaire Abbott on MSU: "My mother went to Michigan State, so I've always been a Spartan and wanted to come to MSU.  When I decided I wanted to play field hockey in college I thought I might try to play for my dream school.  Once I visited the campus, I knew it was a fit, especially while having my mom as my tour guide.  I honestly never thought it was possible, but I am so happy that I am going to be a Spartan in the fall."

Knull on MaryClaire Abbott: "MC, like her sister Caitlin, has been a familiar face in East Lansing attending summer camps at MSU. A tough and feisty forward, MC will be a competitor from the first day of practice."

Megan Fenton
Fr, F/M, Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills High School

Earned four varsity letters as part of Ottawa Hills field hockey team, and was team captain in 2012 ... Named to the NFHCA High-School All-Region team in 2012 ... Awarded most valuable player of 2010-12 ... Member of Pinnacle Field Hockey Club from 2009-12 ... Participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program from 2010-13 ... Selected for Futures Elite 2011-12 ... Competed at National Futures Championship from 2010-13 ... Born July 11, 1995 ... Daughter of Lori and Paul Fenton.

Fenton on Picking MSU: "I chose Michigan State because when I came to visit, I immediately felt at home with both the team and the school.  I love the companionship and enthusiasm that the team exhibits.  The atmosphere and the school spirit at MSU are another contributing factor to my choice.  I am very excited to start my journey as a Spartan this fall."

Knull on Fenton: "Megan will join the Spartans from Ottawa Hills High School in Toledo, Ohio. She and Senior Katherine Jamieson will get the chance to play together for one last time, as they were former teammates in High School. Megan is a fast and unpredictable player who I expect will cause trouble for many opponents."



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