Wolverines Ink Four Recruits During NLI Signing Period
Marcia Pankratz

Feb. 6, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz announced Thursday (Feb. 6) that four student-athletes -- Veerle Lubbers (Arnhem, Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Arnhem), Morgan Malone (Granby, Conn./Wyoming Seminary Prep), Sam Swenson (Harrogate, England/Ashville College Senior School) and Katie Trombetta (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East HS) -- have signed National Letters of Intent to attend Michigan and compete in field hockey next fall.

"We are very excited about our incoming class," said Pankratz. "It's a group of young women that are very talented, athletic and competitive. They are the epitome of a Michigan student-athlete. They are going to bring a lot to our program, and we are beyond excited to have them join us and help us win another championship."

Lubbers, a forward/midfielder, has played with the Upward Dames field hockey club for each of the last five years, including three at the A1 level of national competition. She was part of first-place performances as a freshman and sophomore and her current team claimed first place in indoor competition this season. Lubbers has also played with a Dutch Hockey Federation district team for the last three years.

Malone, a forward, was named to the NFHCA All-America third team following her senior season (2013) and is a two-time NFHCA Regional All-America selection (2012, '13). She earned thee all-state accolades in her career -- once in Connecticut and twice in Pennsylvania -- and contributed to three team state championship finishes. A two-time Futures Elite selection and AAU Junior Olympics participant, Malone is a member of the U.S. National Under-17 Team (2012-13).

Swenson, a goalkeeper, played for England's Girls Under-18 team and is currently attending training camps for the U-21 squad. She played for the Harrogate Hockey Ladies First Team in each of the last two seasons (2012, '13), earning Player of the Season accolades last year.

Trombetta, a midfielder, was a five-year starter at Sachem East HS, contributing to three New York state championship appearances over her career. She was a three-time NFHCA All-American, twice earning first team honors (2012, '13) after third team selection as a sophomore (2011), and was twice named the Long Island Player of the Year (2012, '13). Like Malone, she was named to the 2012-13 U.S. National Under-17 Team and is a Future Elite selection and AAU Junior Olympics participant.

Michigan will look to complete its incoming class in the spring.

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)