Field Hockey Signs Four to National Letters of Intent
Head coach Helen Knull has announced that it will welcome five freshmen to the 2016 roster.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State field hockey has announced that it will welcome five incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2016 season. Hannah Ackers (White Haven, Pennsylvania), Kelsey Keener (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) and Meghan and Maggie Cole (Chelsea, Michigan) have all signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at Michigan State next fall. Jillian Mahon (Wilton, Connecticut) will join the Spartans as a walk on in 2016.
"The class of 2016 is bringing a group of balanced, well rounded student-athletes to the field hockey program," said head coach Helen Knull. "All five of these young ladies have experienced a very successful high school career -- experiencing Conference, District and State Championship success and I look forward to them bringing that drive and experience with them to the Spartans. Not only have they experienced on field success they have been exceptional in the classroom and involved in their local communities. I want to officially welcome Hannah, Jillian, Kelsey, Megan, Maggie and their families to our Spartan Family. GO GREEN!"
Back White Haven, Pennsylvania/Crestwood
Four-year varsity letterwinner at Crestwood High School ... Named 2014-15 First-Team All-State and Second-Team All-American ... Three-time District Champion and two-time state runner up ... 2012-13 State Champion ... Three-time High School Academic All-American ... Daughter of Gordon and Doreen Ackers ... Sister, Chandler Ackers, plays field hockey at Iowa ... Plans to major in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Knull on Ackers:
From the first time I met Hannah on campus, I knew she would be a great fit for the Spartans. She doesn't just possess the skills that I look for in a defender at MSU, she embodies the personality too. Hannah loves to have fun playing hockey and is very vocal and positive to those around her, she has a great presence on the field. Her personality is contagious, and I am excited to watch her grow and develop as a student and athlete at Michigan State.
Forward Harrisburg, Pennsylvania/Greenwood
Three-year varsity letterwinner two-time captain at Greenwood High School ... Recognized as 2014 First-Team All-State ... Named 2013 and 2014 Penn Live Field Hockey First-Team All Star ... Earned 2013 and 2014 First Team Tri-Valley League honors ... Cougar Classic Tournament All Star from 2013-15 ... Also a member of the softball team ... Participated in the 2012 Junior Olympics ... Took first place at the National Futures Championship from 2012-2014 ... Daughter of Paul and Laura Keener ... Plans to major in Kinesiology.
Knull on Keener:
Kelsey may be small in stature but she makes up for that in competitiveness, drive and ability. She has had an exceptional senior season and that has not just happened by chance. Ever since committing to Michigan State, she has focused her time and energy on improving her game to be the best she can for her high school, club and, ultimately, for when she steps on campus in August 2016.
Midfielder Chelsea, Michigan/Chelsea
Four-year varsity letterwinner at Chelsea High School ... Named First-Team All-State in 2013 and Honorable Mention All-State in 2012 ... Played in the USFHA Futures National Championships from 2012-2014 ... Disney Showcase participant from 2012-2015 ... Competed in the 2012 Junior Olympics ... Participant in the National Hockey Festival from 2013-15 ... Also a basketball and soccer varsity letterwinner ... Daughter of Matt Cole and Jennifer Tracht ... Plans to major in exercise science.
Knull on Cole:
I have watched Meghan grow and develop through her middle and high school career and I am excited to finally have her on campus. As her hometown is only an hour from East Lansing, Meghan has been coming to camps and clinics for years. She has gone from being a role player to being a leader who controls the pace of play from the midfield. Her game has developed and grown tactically and technically through her high school career and I look forward to seeing her continue to excel at the collegiate level.
Forward Chelsea, Michigan/Chelsea
Four-year varsity letterwinner at Chelsea High School ... Three-time First-Team All-State honoree ... Participated in the USFHA Futures National Championships from 2011-2015 ... Named a 2013 and 2014 Harrow Sports / NFHCA High School All-Region Team ... Participant in the 2013 Junior Olympics ... 2012-2015 Disney Showcase Participant ... National Hockey Participant from 2013-15 ... Also a basketball and soccer varsity letterwinner.
Knull on Cole:
It is going to be fun to have another set of twins on the team! Just like Meghan, I have watched Maggie grow up, and one thing I have always said about Maggie is that she has a nose for the goal. She finds a way to find the back of the net no matter if it is at the 5-yard line or on corners. Maggie has consistently found a way to lead her high school and club teams in goals and is a threat for her opponent in the attacking 25. Meghan and Maggie have a way of finding each other on the field and I look forward to seeing that connection continue as Spartans!
Forward Wilton, Connecticut /Wilton
Three-year varsity field hockey starter at Wilton High School ... A 2015-16 senior captain ... FCIAC East Division Champion and All-FCIAC Honorable Mention in 2014-15 ... CIAC Class M State Champions in 2013-14 ... Member of Fairfield County United ... Leading scorer on the 2015 National Festival Pool A Championship Team and the National Indoor Tournament Pool G Team ... Named a 2015 Junior Princess Outdoor League Finalist ... Also a member of the varsity lacrosse and track and field team ... High School AP Scholar ... Daughter of Tim and Mary Beth Mahon ... Plans to major in accounting.
Knull on Mahon:
Jillian came on our radar a little later than her classmates, and I am glad that she did! Jillian knew Coach Tamara Durante from her time at Yale and that connection put Michigan State on the map for her. Jillian is a very talented, well rounded student athlete. She is not only a 3 sport athlete but is also very involved in community outreach and academic clubs.