NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five incoming first years will join the Yale field hockey roster as part of the Class of 2023. The group comes from four different U.S. states and includes two forward/midfielders, one forward, one goalkeeper and one midfielder.
The members of the Class of 2023 bring excellent field hockey credentials to New Haven, including one who set her school's record for goals in a season and a career and was ranked as a top 100 recruit by MAX Field Hockey -- forward/midfielder Josie Jahng (Livingston, N.J.). Three incomings have experience in the USA Field Hockey program.
In addition to their individual honors, the first years come from some highly successful programs. Sisters midfielder April Kim (Fredericksburg, Va.) and forward/midfielder Ashley Kim (Fredericksburg, Va.) led their James Monroe High School team to a state championship -- the first title for a female team in school history.
The first years have leadership experience, as four were team captains for at least one season. That includes forward Lena Ansari (Glenview, Ill.), who was captain of three teams as a senior: field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse.
The incomings also have found multiple ways to contribute to their communities, such as volunteering to take care of children during adult programs at a local church (goalkeeper Luanna Summer (St. Louis, Mo.)).
The five newcomers will add to a core group of returnees from last year for Pam Stuper, who enters her 15th season as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. Nine Bulldogs who started 13 or more games -- and five who earned All-Ivy League recognition -- in 2018 return for 2019.
Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:
Lake Forest Academy
Windy City Field Hockey
Lake Forest Academy: Four-year starter in field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse … Captain senior year in field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse … Illinois first team all-state field hockey 2017, 2018 … Illinois second team all-state field hockey 2016 … Field hockey MVP 2018-19 … Lake Forest Academy Senior Female Athlete of the Year 2019 and Junior Female Athlete of the Year 2018 … Led team in goals all four years in field hockey and lacrosse … As a senior, led field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams in goals and assists … Lake Forest Academy lacrosse MVP 2018 and 2019 … 12 varsity letters … David O. MacKenzie Student Athlete Award 2018-2019 … Chicago Blackhawks Captain Spotlight Recipient (November 2018, ice hockey) … AP Scholar with Distinction 2018 … Cum Laude Society 2019.
Windy City Field Hockey: Participated 2016-19 … Leading Scorer JPOL U19 Region 9/10 2017 … Team participated in National Club Championship 2018, National Indoor Tournament 2017-19, Festival 2016-18, Disney 2018-19 … College Connection Select Game Selection 2016 and 2017.
Admirals Club Ice Hockey: Participated 2015-17 … U19 Illinois state runners-up 2016 and 2017.
Notes: Ice hockey camp coach/counselor - Lake Forest Academy 2017, 2018 and 2019 … Windy City Roots field hockey coach 2019 … Math teaching assistant - Art of Problem Solving - San Diego 2018 … Maternal grandfather, Rashid Syed, played on University of Karachi field hockey team in the early 1960s … Uncle, Husam Ansari, is an Ivy Leaguer: Harvard '93, Columbia MD/PhD '02, former medical faculty at Penn.
Why Yale? "Yale is the ideal school where I will be surrounded by driven, intelligent and passionate students and athletes, who will help me excel. The coaching staff, players and community are extremely supportive, welcoming and kind. As a result, the opportunities provided to me by Yale are unmatched."
The Pingry School
Total Dutch Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey: Participated in Futures Program … Level 1 Futures Training 2015-2019 … Selected to U19 National Futures Championship Tournament 2018 and 2019 … Selected to U16 National Futures Championship Tournament 2016 and 2017 … Selected to U14 National Futures Championship Tournament 2015.
The Pingry School: Four-year varsity letter winner and starter in field hockey, captain … Started every game played during career … 79 goals and 25 assists (183 points) for career despite missing majority of sophomore season with torn ACL and meniscus … Set school record for goals in a season (27 goals) and career (79 goals) … Led team in goals and assists in 2017 and 2018 … Second on team in goals scored in 2015 … Led county in goals scored in 2017 and 2018 … Skyland Conference Player of the Week (Sept. 10) … Voted Top Returning Goal Scorer in 2017 … Earned All-Somerset County, All-Skyland Conference, All-Group (Non-Public) honors 2015-2018 … MAX Field Hockey Class of 2019 Top 100 Recruit … MAX Field Hockey Regional Players to Watch in 2017 and 2018 … NJ.com Top Midfielders to Watch in 2017 and 2018 … All-North Jersey and All-Region pick 2018 … Selected to play in New Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association (NJFHCA) Senior All-Star game … NFHCA National Academic Squad 2017 and 2018 … Named New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2018 … Helped Pingry reach county finals in 2016, first time in almost 10 years … Pingry reached county semi-finals 2015, 2017-2018 … State semi-finals 2015-2017 … Trained and played in the Netherlands over the summer of 2017 at the Pinoké and Hurley hockey clubs with Pingry … Also lettered in winter (indoor) and spring track … Member of IRT team that conducted research projects and experiments in conjunction with collegiate professors at NJIT - the New Jersey Institute of Technology … Wrote sports articles/highlights/recaps for The Record … Helped start Room to Read club at school to raise awareness/improve girls' literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world … Helped at the Writing Center (help underclassmen with writing and grammar on homework/papers) … Member of FYI SCI club, which aims to make science more accessible for the greater community … Editor for PCR Journal (Pingry Community Research), a journal of scientific research from Pingry students and faculty … Member of another IRT team at school which researches the cause and effects of malaria and attempts to eradicate it worldwide.
Total Dutch Field Hockey: National Indoor Tournament 2015-2018 … National Hockey Festival 2014, 2016-2018 (won in 2014) … Shooting Star Tournament 2015 … Top Recruit Winter Escape 2016-2018.
Notes: Volunteers for Bridges Outreach, which aims to connect the housed and homeless in the greater NYC area (make brown bag lunches that are handed out to homeless) … Volunteers for John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, which helps raise awareness and prevent sudden cardiac arrest death … Parents are Ivy Leaguers -- attended (and met at) Columbia Business School.
Why Yale? "One of the big reasons that I chose Yale is that every time I visited and talked with students on campus, I discovered that they were involved in so many different types of activities outside of classes. I want to be a part of a community that is so dynamic and one that I can get involved in. Additionally, aside from the amazing academic resources and opportunities, it was the overall culture and close-knit nature of the field hockey team as well as the greater community at Yale that really stood out and differentiated itself from other schools I was looking at. I am super excited to join the team and work with Coach Stuper."
James Monroe High School
WC Eagles Hockey
USA Field Hockey: U17 Indoor National Team 2017 ... National Futures Championships 2017 ... Level 1 Futures Training 2017-2019.
James Monroe High School: Virginia High School League first team all-district field hockey 2017 and 2018 ... Virginia High School League first team all-region field hockey 2017 and 2018 ... Virginia High School League second team all-state field hockey 2018 ... Field Hockey Coach's Award ... Field Hockey JV Coach's Award ... Field Hockey Incentive Award... Virginia High School League Field Hockey District Champions 2015 ... Virginia High School League Field Hockey state semi-finalists 2016 … Virginia High School League Field Hockey State Championship 2017 and 2018 ... Led field hockey team in assists 2017 ... Tennis MVP Award ... Virginia High School League tennis runner-up regional finalists 2015 ... Virginia High School League Tennis state semi-finalists 2016 ... Lost only one tennis match entire 2016 season ... Virginia High School League Tennis runner-up state finalist 2017 ... Lost only two tennis matches entire season and only one to win state match 2017 ... Indoor Track 2015-2016 ... Basketball 2016-2017 … Environmental Club 2018-2019 ... Girl Up 2016-2019 ... National Honor Society 2015-2019; secretary 2018-2019 ... Student Council Association 2015-2019; vice-president 2015-2018 ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2016-2019 ... Amnesty 2015-2019 ... Student Organization for Developing Attitudes 2016-2019 ... Orchestra 2017; received Superior ... Latin Club 2015-2018.
WC Eagles Field Hockey: NIT Champions 2019 … Participated 2018-19.
Typhoon Elite Field Hockey: Virginia Commonwealth Games Champions 2015 ... Focus Showcase Winner 2016-2017 ... NIT Champions 2017 ... Shooting Stars Champions 2017 ... Cougar Field Hockey Tournament Champions 2018.
Notes: Sister, Ashley, is also on Yale field hockey team.
Why Yale? "Yale has been my motivation to aim higher since stepping on the campus in middle school because of its challenging academics and community involvement that teaches the students more than what's in a book."
James Monroe High School
Typhoon Elite Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey: Selected to Junior National Camp 2015 … National Indoor Team 2017 … Selected to participate in 2015 and 2016 Junior Olympics … Participated in Futures Level 1 Site 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Selected to National Futures Tournament 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
James Monroe High School: Field hockey captain 2017 and 2018 … MaxPreps first team all-region 2018 ... MAX Field Hockey Top 50 Class of 2018 (2016, 2017 and 2018) … State player of the year field hockey 2018 ... First team all-state field hockey 2018 ... Region player of the year field hockey 2018 ... First team all-region field hockey 2017 and 2018 … First team all-area field hockey 2018 ... District player of the year field hockey 2018 ... MVP field hockey 2018 … Led field hockey team with 34 goals 2018 … Second team all-state field hockey 2017 … First team all-district field hockey 2016, 2017 and 2018 ... Second team all-region field hockey 2016 ... Second Team all-district field hockey 2015 … Four years varsity field hockey 2015-2018 … First female team in James Monroe High School history to be state champions (2018) … State finalists 2016 and 2017 … Regional Champions 2016, 2017 and 2018 … Regional finalists 2015 … District Champions 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Also on tennis team 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Winter track 2016 … Swimming 2015 … National Honors Society 2017-2018 … Executive vice president 2017-2018 … DECA vice president of communications 2018, placed third overall in Human Resourcing at the Regional DECA Competition and competed in DECA States for two years … BETA Club Member 2018 ... Layout editor for yearbook club 2017 … Sophomore class president 2016 … Freshman class president 2015 … Amnesty, FCA, Free club members for all four years.
Typhoon Elite: Typhoon Elite Field Hockey u19 Captain 2017-18, u16 Captain 2015-2016, u14 2013-2014 … National Indoor Champions 2018 … u19 National Indoor Tournament Qualifier 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 … u16 National Indoor Qualifier 2015 and 2016 … Commonwealth Tournament, Piedmont Region, u19 Silver Medalist 2016, u16 Gold Medalist 2016, u19 Silver Medalist 2015, u16 Bronze Medalist 2015.
Notes: Volunteered at Spotswood Baptist Church AWANAs Program for four years … Sister, April, is also on Yale field hockey team.
Why Yale? "I felt that with the community and support behind the students, faculty and staff that I would be in a place that not only would set me up for success but an environment that wanted to see me succeed as well."
St. Louis, Mo.
John Burroughs School
Gateway Field Hockey
John Burroughs School: Field hockey captain senior year … Metro League co-player of the year field hockey 2017 … Second team All-Metro field hockey 2017 … NFHCA All-Region 2016 and 2017 … NFHCA National Academic Squad 2016 and 2017 … Second team MAX Field Hockey all-region 2017 … First team all-conference field hockey 2015 and 2016 … First team All-Metro field hockey 2015 … Second team All-Metro field hockey 2014 … Started all four years on varsity field hockey team … Lacrosse captain senior year ... US Lacrosse Academic All-American 2018 … All-state lacrosse 2017 and 2018 … First team All-Metro lacrosse 2017 and 2018 … First team all-conference lacrosse 2017 and 2018 … Second team all-conference lacrosse 2016 … Honorable mention all-conference lacrosse 2015 … Started all four years on varsity lacrosse team … Honorable mention all-conference swimming and diving 2015 … Skippy Keefer award nominee (senior female athlete within the MWAA who exemplifies the qualities of athletic participation and excellence in sportsmanship) … 2018 St. Louis Post Dispatch scholar athlete for John Burroughs School … Participated in school community service club, Montgomery Plan, 9th-12th grade.
Gateway Field Hockey: Qualified for National Club Championships 2015.
Notes: Refugio: helped take care of kids on weeknights at a local church during adult programs … Coached at her club team (Gateway) from 9th-12th grade … Coached and played field hockey for the Wimbledon hockey club 2018-19 … Participated in Science Olympiad 9th-12th grade … Hobbies include baking, reading, playing guitar and playing all different kinds of sports with friends.
Why Yale? "The exceptional academics and competitive athletics at Yale paired with my love of learning and passion for field hockey made Yale a very appealing college for me. After visiting the campus and meeting the team I knew it was where I wanted to be for the next four years."