Feb. 21, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz announced today (Tuesday, Feb. 21) that nine student-athletes have committed to attend U-M and will begin play for the Wolverines during the 2012 season. Joining Michigan in the fall will be Emily Ashken (Westport, Conn./Staples), Caroline Chromik (Yorktown, Va./Grafton), Jaime Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Whitney Point), Ashley Donaldson (West Vancouver, B.C./West Vancouver Secondary), Taryn Mark (West Vancouver, B.C./West Vancouver Secondary), Grace Nissi (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), Parker Procida (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich Academy), Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak) and Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury).
"We are very excited about our incoming 2012 class," Pankratz said. "It's a very athletic, talented group of young women that are going to contribute right away to the success of our program. This is a group of strong students as well as athletes, which make them high achievers and that's what we're always looking for at the University of Michigan. We're excited to have them be a part of our program."
Ashken, a midfielder, scored 12 goals and added six assists in her senior season at Staples High School in Westport, Conn. She helped the Wreckers to their best season in 17 years, winning the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) title for the first time since 1993. The team captain her senior year, Ashken is a two-time FCIAC All-West Division team and two-time All-FCIAC second team selection. She also made the Norwalk Hour all-area team as a junior. Ashken played club field hockey for HTC from 2009-12, where she was the captain of that squad. She has played in the USA Field Hockey Futures Development program from 2007-12 and was a 2011 Futures Elite member. Ashken has received first honors all four years at Staples and, as a senior, received the Carroll-Fleming Award for a four-year player who has balance athletic achievement with community service.
Chromik, a midfielder, was a four-year letterwinner for Grafton High School in Yorktown, Va. A team captain her senior season, she was a first team all-state, all-region and all-district honoree while helping the Clippers to a state tournament runner-up finish. After the season, Chromik was an NFHCA High School All-America third team selection. She also earned all-state, all-region and all-district honors her junior season and was a second-team all-district selection as a sophomore. Chromik also is a three-time all-district swimmer at Grafton and was the state champion in the 50-yard freestyle her freshman year. She earned championship in the 2011 National Indoor Tournament and the 2010 National Field Hockey Festival for her club team, Focus. Chromik also played in the 2012 Futures Elite Championship and multiple futures tournaments. Chromik is a High Honor Roll student at Grafton.
Dean, a defender, earned four varsity letters at Whitney Point High School in Whitney Point, N.Y. She scored 22 goals and added seven assists her senior season while being named to the all-state and NFCHA all-region teams. She has been named a first team All-Star three times by the Oneonta Daily Starand was a three-time Greene Varsity All-Tournament team member. She helped the Eagles to a Section IV Class C championship her junior year and a runner-up finish as a sophomore. A two-time team captain, Dean was a Binghamton Press and Sun Athlete of the Week on Oct. 7, 2009. She played Futures Elite in 2009 and 2011, USA Futures from 2008-12 and in the Futures National Tournament from 2008-11. Dean also played overseas in the Hogue Tournament with the Mystic team. She has played for multiple club teams, including CNY for the 2011 Disney Showcase. Dean is a National Honor Society member and Senior Class Vice-President at Whitney Point.
Donaldson, a forward, has played for the British Columbia provincial teams from 2008-11, helping the B.C. Under-16 team to a gold medal at the Canadian Nationals in 2010. She also was on the B.C. Under-18 team that won silver in 2011. That Under-16 team also won the U.S. Festival and the Disney Showcase in the U16 bracket. Donaldson played three seasons on the senior field hockey team at West Vancouver Secondary School in West Vancouver, B.C., helping the team to a fifth-place finish at the BC Provincials. Donaldson also played soccer at West Vancouver Secondary. She has played for the West Vancouver Thunderbolts, Vipers and Quest club teams. Donaldson is an honor roll student and was the Grade 10 Athlete of the Year at West Vancouver Secondary.
Mark, a midfielder, played with Donaldson at West Vancouver Secondary School and also on the British Columbia Provincial team from 2008-12. She played in the B.C. regional tournament for six years and the Canadian National tournament for four years. Mark was named to the Tournament 11 at the Canadian Senior National Tournament in 2011, played in Under-16 national tournaments in 2010-11 as well as the national development camps in Canada. At West Vancouver Secondary, she was named a first team All-Star her junior season and helped the school to a second-place finish in the AAA provincials in 2010. Mark has played on various club teams in West Vancouver, including the Adanacs, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Under-16 Disney Showcase. Mark has honors with distinction in both 2010 and 2011 at West Vancouver Secondary and also won the Scholar-Athlete Award both years.
Nissi, a midfielder, was a three-year starter at Duxbury High School in Duxbury, Mass. A team captain her senior season, Nissi scored 20 goals and added 12 assists her junior year for the Dragons. She is a two-time Patriot League All-Star, despite missing half her junior year and all of her senior year to injury. She played club field hockey for Lead the Way's Under-16 and Under-19 Elite teams and well as USA Futures from 2009-present and HTC Club from 2011-present. Nissi's California Under-16 team won the gold medal at the National Field Hockey Festival in 2009 and she earned a silver medal at the Disney Showcase in 2010. Nissi also played lacrosse at Duxbury and is a National Honor Society and honor roll student.
Procida, a forward, helped Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Conn., to three straight Fairchester Athletic Association regular-season and tournament titles and a New England Prep School Athletic Association runner-up finish her junior and senior seasons. Procida started every game for Greenwich Academy and was an all-FAA honoree in 2011. She plays lacrosse and ice hockey at Greenwich Academy, captaining the ice hockey squad. Procida played club hockey for Fairfield County United and also played in USA Futures from 2008-12.
Scavelli, a forward, scored 48 goals and had 25 assists her senior year at Lakeland Shrub Oak High School in Shrub Oak, N.Y. She was named a Harrow Sports/NFHCA First Team High School All-American in 2011, as she has helped the Hornets to three straight New York State Class B championships. Scavelli was a Section 1 All-State and All-League honoree as well as a member of the all-state tournament team and the MSG varsity first team. She also was the Westchester Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award "Athlete of the Week" on Oct. 20, 2011. Scavelli had 38 goals and 16 assists as a junior and was a second team All-America and All-Regional player by the NFHCA. She played club field hockey for Hudson Valley from 2008-12, competing in the National Indoor Tournament, the National Hockey Festival, the National Club Championship and the Junior Indoor Premier League with the club. She also played for CNY in the Disney Showcase in 2010. Scavelli is a member of the USA Futures program from 2008-12 and Futures Elite from 2010-12. She was named to the all-tournament team in the Junior Olympics in 2010. Scavelli is a National Honor Society and high honor roll student at Lakeland Shrub Oak.
Thomas, a defender,is currently on England's Under-21 national team and has been on the nation's Under-16 and Under-18 teams. She competed in the Four Nations and Home Nations tournaments with the Under-16 squad and the UK School Games for the Under-18 team. Thomas plays on the Buckingham Ladies Hockey Club and has played regionally for Buckinghamshire County Hockey, Marcia Lynx and South of England. Thomas attends Aylesbury High School in Buckinghamshire and has played soccer, track and field, rounders and indoor hockey while in school. She is an A level student at Aylesbury.
Michigan ended the 2011 season with a 15-7 overall record and a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, winning the outright regular-season title. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history, defeating No. 9 New Hampshire, 5-4, before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-1.
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