PHILADELPHIA –University of Pennsylvania field head coach, Colleen Fink, has officially announced the incoming class of 2017. Three women will join the Quakers for the 2013 season, two from Maine and one from New Jersey.
Next year’s class will be joining a program that has grown positively during its time under Fink. Penn finished at 9-8 overall, its first winning season since 2006, and posted its best record in the Ivy League, 3-4, since 2008. Additionally, the Quakers tied a program-record set all the way back in 1988 by scoring 42 goals throughout the season. The Red and Blue also had four players honored by the Ivy League, their highest total since 2005.
“The 2017 class is small in number but destined to make a big impact,” said Fink. “They positionally reflect each area of the field and will help fulfill the needs of the team moving into the future. We are very excited to welcome Elise Tilton, Stephanie Felt and Jasmine Cole into the Penn field hockey family.”
Also joining the squad will be a sophomore transfer from Brown, Katelynn Mudgett.
Montclair, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy
High School: Lettered four times in field hockey and lacrosse … Captain of FH team her senior year … Helped FH team win two state championships (2010, 2012) and one state sectional championship (2012) … 2012 NFHCA Regional All-American … The Star Ledger’s 2012 Essex County Player of the Year … 2012 MKA Offensive Player of the Year and all-time single season scoring leader … 2012 NJFHCA first-team All-Group I … Two-time first-team All-New Jersey State Prep B (2011-12) … Two-time first-team All-Super Essex Conference (2011-12) … Two-time first-team All-Essex/Union Conference (2011-12) … Two-time first-team All-ECCA (2011-12) … Named first-team All-Group I and All-Essex County by The Star Ledger … Selected to play in the NJFHCA Senior All-Star game … Helped MKA to a No. 17 ranking in New Jersey for the first time in school history … Selected to compete in the National Futures Championship (June 2012) … Helped lacrosse team win two state championships (2011-12).
Personal: Daughter of Drs. Brian and Sherrie Cole … Both parents are alumni of Penn … Father Brian ran varsity track at Columbia from 1979-83 during undergrad … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fink on Jasmine: “Jasmine Cole is lightning fast. She is a workhorse out on the field in both practice and game settings. Her speed is difficult to defend and has put her in positions to score. She continues to come into her own after having a break out senior year, setting a new single-season scoring record – 37 goals and 20 assists – and being named the Essex County Player of the Year and an NFHCA Regional All-American. We are very proud to call Jasmine a Quaker and excited to see her further develop at Penn.”
High School: Lettered four times in field hockey … Member of three-time SMAA championship teams (2009-11) and 2009 state championship team … 2010 first-team All-State and All-SMAA selection … Two-time Top-25 Player to Watch in the state of Maine (2010-11) … Member of four-time National Futures Championship team (2007-11) … Selected to the 2010 Junior Olympic team … Selected to Barcelona’s 2010 World Camp … Member of two-time state champion Speech and Debate team.
Personal: Daughter of Connie and Robert Felt … Mother, Connie, played field hockey at Maine … Sister, Kristen, was named 2010 Miss Maine Field Hockey and played one year at Bucknell … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fink on Stephanie: “Stephanie Felt is a tireless defender. Through evaluating her play, her refusal to let the ball and opponent behind her is staggering. She has impeccable timing of her tackles and sound fundamentals that will translate well to the collegiate game. Her experience playing at a high level against tough competition will allow her to push her teammates here at Penn to the next level.”
Bangor, Maine/John Bapst Memorial
High School: Lettered four times in field hockey, three times in track, and once in both tennis and diving … Captain of field hockey team for three years (2010-12) and track her senior year … Helped her FH team to three conference championships (2009-11) … 2012 Miss Maine Field Hockey Finalist … Three-time first-team All-State (2010-12), four-time first-team All-Conference (2009-12) and 2012 All-Region … Holds John Bapst career goals, assists, and single-season assists records … Three-time team MVP (2010-12) and 2009 offensive team MVP … Two-time All-conference and team MVP (2011-12) in track … Recipient of Latin Cum Laude award … National Honor Society member … National Merit Scholarship.
Personal: Daughter of Catherine and Kevin Tilton … Sister Megan Tilton ran track at Bowdoin from 2007-10 … Sister Emily Tilton plays field hockey at Vermont … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach Fink on Elise: “Elise Tilton plays with skill and finesse. She sees the field beautifully and despite scoring 49 total goals her junior and senior years, she is fundamentally unselfish in her play. She has great deception in possession and in her change of speed. She is a student of the game with great tactical understanding and knowledge.”
Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mill
High School: Four-time letter winner in field hockey and two-time team captain ... Two-time letter winner in lacrosse ... Four-time First-Team All-League ... Four-time All-State honoree (three-time First-Team) ... Member of the 2011 All-Southern New England Field Hockey team ... Participated in 2012 Futures Elite ... Four-time All-Courant honoree ... Participated in National Futures Championship in four straight years ... National Honor Society and Honor Roll member.
Personal: Daughter of David and Karen Mudgett