ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz announced Thursday (Feb. 4) that five student-athletes -- Bree Bednarski, Clare Brush, Meg Dowthwaite, Claire Stemper and Kate Walker -- have committed to attend Michigan and will begin play for the Wolverines in the fall of 2016.
"We are very excited to welcome the incoming 2016 class to our Michigan field hockey family," said Pankratz. "This is an extraordinary group of athletic talent, and we look forward to each one of them contributing to the success of our program."
Bednarski, a forward from Wyoming, Pennsylvania, posted a state-record 67 goals in her senior season and accumulated 127 career goals and 37 assists -- both school records at Wyoming Area High. An NFHCA and MaxField Hockey All-Region, she was named the 2015 Citizens Voice Wyoming Valley Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time all-state first team selection by Pennsylvania Field Hockey Coaches Association (2014, '15). She was an AAU Junior Olympics participant and played with the U.S. National Under-17 Team (2014-15). Bednarski also earned first team All-State honors in softball and holds school record in several track and field categories, including the 200-meter dash and javelin.
Brush, a midfielder/back from Ann Arbor, Michigan, helped propel local Pioneer High to the Michigan state championship game in each of her four seasons and captured three state titles (2012, '14, '15). She was named All-Midwest Region by the NFHCA and Max Field Hockey as a senior (2015) and is a two-time All-State first team selection (2014, '15) after earning honorable mention as a sophomore (2013). Named the 2015 Ann Arbor News Player of the Year in both field hockey and lacrosse, she is also an All-State second team selection in the latter. A longtime USA Field Hockey Futures participant, she contributed to a U16 gold medal in 2014.
Dowthwaite, a forward/midfielder from Weybridge, England, has long been involved with England's national program as a member of its Under-18 (2015), Under-16 (2013-14) and Under-15 (2012) teams. She boasts eight international goals and 32 international appearances and, most recently, contributed to England's bronze-medal finish at the U18 European Championships in Santander, Spain. Dowthwaite is a multi-sport athlete at Reed's School, excelling in hockey, netball and athletics. A hockey team captain, she has led her team in scoring over the last two seasons with 40 goals. She has also played with the Surbiton Hockey Club (2006-13) and Wimbleton Hockey Club (2013-16).
Stemper, a goalkeeper from Greenwood Village, Colorado, is a three-time first team All-State selection (2013, '14, '15) and was named Regis Jesuit High's team captain and MVP as a senior. A longtime USA Field Hockey Futures player, she contributed to a silver-medal effort at the U16 championship and won a Junior Olympics gold medal in 2013. A two-year Academic All-State selection, Stemper has also earned three lacrosse varsity letters, gaining all-league honorable mention as a junior.
Walker, a midfielder from Wilmington, Delaware, was named the 2015 Delaware Player of the Year and a NFHCA second team high school All-American after leading the state with 33 goals in her senior season at Mount Pleasant High. She is a three-time Delaware All-State first team selection (2013, '14, '15) and has twice earned NFHCA and MaxField Hockey All-Region honors (2014, '15). A Futures Elite selection and AAU Junior Olympics participant, Walker was also a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team (2014-15).
The Wolverines will likely sign additional players during the regular signing period.
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