March 12, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head field hockey coach Marcia Pankratz announced today (Monday, March 12) that Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary School) has signed a National Letter of Intent and joins the recruiting class for the 2012-13 school year.
Naughton, a defender, played on Irish national teams for the past three years. She was on the Under-18 team from 2009-11, playing in the 2011 European Championships in Holland. Naughton also played in friendly matches against France and Scotland and in training camps in preparation for the European Championships. She helped Ireland win the 2010 Home Nations Tournament, marking the first time the Irish Under-18 team won that event. Naughton was on the Under-16 Irish team in 2008-09, helping the squad to a third-place finish in the Home Nations even and played in a series of international friendly matches.
Naughton played for Leinster's Under-16 and Under-18 provincial squad, helping them to a trio of second-place finishes in the Interprovincial tournament. She was the captain of the 2010-11 Leinster Under-18 team and top goal scorer in the Interprovincials. Naughton played club hockey for Corinthians Hockey Club and the Old Alexandra Hockey Club in Dublin. She was named the Young Club Player of the Year for Old Alexandra in 2011 and was the top goal scorer for the Old Alex Ladies First XI for the season. Naughton also received nominations for the Irish Hockey Association Under-18 Player of the Year. At Mount Anville Secondary School, Naughton was the top goal scorer for the past four seasons and helped the squad to a semifinal berth in the Leinster Schoolgirls' Senior Premier League. She also played cricket and ran track at Mount Anville and was awarded the Gaisce Silver President's Award.
Naughton is joined in Michigan's recruiting class by 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).
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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