Feb. 14, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State field hockey has announced that it will welcome three incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season. Grace Santi (Oceanport, NJ), Katie Miller (County Kildare, Ireland) and Sophie Macadré (Wellington, New Zealand) have all signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at Michigan State in the fall and will join a core group of players from last year's Big Ten Tournament Champion and NCAA Regional finalist.
"We are excited to welcome Grace, Katie and Sophie to the Spartan Family," said head coach Helen Knull. "This trio is excellent in the class room and will impact all lines on the field - from the goalkeeping unit to the forward line. The program is looking to improve and have continued success from the 2013 season, and these three players will complement our returning athletes and add to the goals and aspirations of our group."
Oceanport, NJ / Shore Regional High School
Played club field hockey for Jersey Intensity... Four-year varsity starter and four-time division and conference champion... Part of two state championship teams... Selected to the 2013 All-State First Team, First Team All- Group, First-Team All-County and First-Team All-Conference... Served as team captain.
Knull on Santi: "Grace is a smart and aggressive defender who we have been tracking and following through her high school career. After having her on campus, we knew that Grace and her family would be a great fit for Spartan field hockey. She capped her senior season by winning a state championship - and I know she is hungry to help contribute to another championship at Michigan State."
Santi on playing for MSU: "The minute I stepped onto campus, I felt at home. I couldn't wait to become part of the Spartan family and help this program win another Big 10 Championship."
Country Kildare, Ireland/ The King's Hospital School
Won four consecutive North Dublin Schools Field Hockey League championships from 2009-2012... Played club field hockey for Railway Union Hockey Club... Earned the Whiteside Cup for Sportsmanship in 2012... 2011 runners up in the Top Flight Schools Nations Tournament... Named the captain of her field hockey and basketball teams her senior year... Leinster Club U16 Cup runners- up in 2010 with Muckross Hockey Club
Knull on Miller: "Katie will be joining sophomore Sierra Patton in our goalkeeping unit. As a dual national, Katie has spent a lot of time in the States, so making the decision to travel across the Atlantic for her college education has been a goal. We are just glad she chose to be a Spartan! Katie has great size and mobility in the goal, and our goal keeping coach, Molly Pelowski, is excited to work with both of our keepers."
Miller on playing for MSU: "Both the hockey and academic programs at Michigan State feel like a great fit for me. I can't wait to get on campus and begin meeting all my teammates and representing MSU on the pitch."
Wellington, New Zealand/ Queen Margaret College
Named the MVP for Queen Margaret College in 2013 and 2013... Most valuable high-school player for Karori in 2012... Played on the Wellington Rep Squad / QMC 1st XI from 2008-2013 and was a three-time captain... Principals Commendation for Year 11 Science in 2011.
Knull on Macadré: "Sophie was the final addition to the 2014 class and we are excited about her passion and excitement not only for hockey, but life. She comes from a field hockey family where her Mom and siblings all play. Sophie is a quick, dynamic attacker who is fun to watch. I believe she is going to be great addition to our team attack."
Macadré on playing for MSU: "I picked Michigan State because of the integrity of the college sports and the diversity of the school. As a Spartan I am most looking forward to the school spirit and culture."