Feb. 13, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State field hockey program has signed four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, and those student-athletes will join the Spartans for the 2012 season. Under the direction of second-year head coach Helen Knull, and assistants Molly Maloney and Shawn Hindy, the newcomers will join a solid core of returning players. The Spartans concluded the 2011 season with a record of 7-13.
Adrea Donaldson, Defense
West Vancouver, British Columbia/ West Vancouver Secondary School
Competed from grades 10 to 12 on her Senior Team for high school where she took second place in provincials as both a sophomore and junior... Named an All-Star for the field hockey high school season as a senior... Played for the Adanacs and competed in the ESPN Disney showcase four times, placing first in 2010... As a freshman, won the junior championships with her junior high school team... Trained with the Jr. National Squad in 2012... Played for the BC Provincial team since 2007 where they took second place in both 2009 and 2012 and third in 2011... Has played for the regionals program since 2006... Was named one of the top 11 players for the provincial tournament in Toronto in 2010... Competed in the Indio Festival In Palm Springs from 2009-10 for the US Eagles... Participated in the Phoenix Festival in 2001 with the Adanacs... Came in first place in the U18 Western summer games in 2011... Born July 17, 1994... Daughter of Martha and Howard Donaldson
Knull on Donaldson: "The Spartans are welcoming another Vancouver
athlete to the program! Addie comes from the same high school as current
freshman Michelle Graham. Addie's field hockey resume shows her years of
experience competing at the Senior Provincial level and all high level
competitions that prepare her for playing at the next level. We expect
Addie to make a solid contribution to the Spartan defense."
Mallory Tyler, Forward/Midfield
Louisville, KY/ Louisville Collegiate School
Was named Miss Field Hockey(Kentucky)... Honored as a member of the First Team All-State for all four years of high school... Also named to the Kentucky Select First Team for all four years... Named to the NFHCA High School All-Midwest Region Team... Attended the National Futures Championship, National Indoor Tournament, Festival, and Disney Field Hockey Showcase... Scored 109 high school career goals... Set the single season scoring record for her school with 41 goals... Named MVP and Academic All-State of her high school team... Named the Alumni Athlete of the Year for the Louisville Collegiate School and to the All-District Team... Awarded as the Vype Athlete of the Month... Was a two time MVP in lacrosse... Honored as an All-State member for all four years in lacrosse and was a state runner up... Named the Runner of the Year for 2009 in cross country... Honored as a member of the All-State and All-Region teams in cross country... Cross country team was a three year regional team champion... Born January 29, 1994... Daughter of Ben and Lisa Tyler
Knull on Tyler: "Mallory is a player that I have been watching since she entered high school and was instantly drawn to. She is a powerful and dynamic forward who we see complimenting and strengthening the returning players on the forward line. Mal is a well-rounded athlete at Louisville Collegiate where she has excelled in lacrosse, track, swimming and field hockey while maintaining an impressive academic record that has placed her in the Honors College at Michigan State."
Sierra Patton, Goalkeeper
Chelsea, Mich./ Greenhills
Futures participant from 2009-12... Selected to the National Futures Championship and an alternate for Junior Olympics 2010... Also selected as a National Futures Championship alternate for 2011... Won a gold medal in the 2010 Keystone State Games... Participated in both the National Hockey Festival and Disney Showcase from 2009-12... Participated in the NIT's and NCC in 2011... Played for the Coyotes of Columbus, OH from 2010-12 under head coach Steve Boniface... Played for the Pinnacle of Ann Arbor, Mich. from 2010-11 under head coach Nancy Cox... USAFH Certified Level I Coach... Was a Futures Coach Region Nine... Developed field hockey goalie training plan and instructed goalie drills for both the high school varsity, JV and middle school teams from 2010-11... Played two years of varsity softball and track... Participated in the shot put, discus, 400 M and pole vault in track... Born November 21, 1994... Daughter of Bruce and Stefani Patton
Knull on Patton: "Our newest member of the goal keeping unit, Sierra, brings enthusiasm, energy, a hard working mentality and a passion for Michigan State Field Hockey. Sierra loves to coach and work with aspiring goal keepers, as well as always improving her own game. Goalkeeper coach Molly Maloney is looking forward to next fall when she gets to start the journey of developing and improving a young and excited goalkeeper while continuing to develop Molly Cassidy."
Victoria Radwell, Forward
Medford, NJ/ Shawnee High School
Lettered all 4 years in high school field hockey... Was a Sectional Champion in 2010... Honored as a First Team All-Conference player as a sophomore and junior... Named to the Second Team All-Conference as a junior and senior... A four year level one Futures participant... Was a National Champion for U14 in 2008 in Virginia Beach... Participated in the National Tournament in 2010... Played club for Spirit of USA from 2006-11... Honored as the captain of her high school team as a senior... Born February 1, 1994... Daughter of Brian and Karla Radwell
Knull on Radwell: "Victoria comes to us from Shawnee High School in New Jersey, where she was teammates with current freshman Becky Stiles. Victoria has great poise and patience in the circle, and she can finish under pressure in a congested circle. Victoria's work ethic and desire to be the best she can be has driven her far in her field hockey career and I expect that same mentality to push her once she gets to Michigan State."