Wolverines Add Nine Freshmen for 2010 Campaign

April 22, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan field hockey head coach Marcia Pankratz announced Thursday (April 22) that nine student-athletes -- Amanda Adwon (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall HS), Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual HS), Samantha Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School), Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall HS), Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS), Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke,Md./Pocomoke HS), Kim Sheaffer (Sinking Springs, Pa./Wilson HS) and Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) -- have committed to attend U-M and begin playing for the Wolverines during the 2010-11 season.

"We are very pleased about the new 2010 class of Wolverines," said Pankratz. "This is the first recruiting class with our coaching staff coming back to the program. We're very excited about the speed and athleticism of this class.They will bring an enormous amount of versatility and depth to the program. All of them are excellent students and high achievers, which is the perfect fit for Michigan. They are from strong high school programs that know how to win. We expect this class to have an impact right away and help us win another championship."

A forward, Adwon is from Holland Hall High School. She is also a member of Team Gateway.

"Amanda Adwon is a 100-meter champion out of Oklahoma, so she is bringing explosive speed up front, which is always dangerous. She also has a positive, outstanding attitude."

Albini is a midfielder from San Pasqual High School. She was a 2009-10 FDIC selection for the U.S. Field Hockey Futures Elite Camp. In 2009, Albini was named to the All-California Interscholastic Federation first team. She was also a member of the Rush field hockey club that was a 2009-10 Indoor Nationals pool winner.

"Mallory Albini is another smart player coming out of the same school that Kristi [Gannon Fisher] and her sister [Kelli Gannon] went to. She is well coached, competitive and very athletic. It will be exciting to see where she's going to fit in and help us out."

Gray is a midfielder from North Shore Country Day Academy. She was tabbed the 2009 Player of the Year for Illinois. The NFHCA recognized her for its High School National Academic Squad and All-West Region team.

"Samantha Gray is out of Illinois. She has older brothers, so she is really a tough, strong, smart athlete who will bring a lot of versatility to our lineup. She is an outstanding student."

Hauge is a midfielder from Holland Hall High School. She received 2009 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad distinction. Hauge is also a member of Team Gateway.

"Lauren Hauge is a solid midfielder who will compete and make the team better. We look forward to her blossoming in the program over the years."

Mack is a forward from the Bromsgrove School in England. She has been on England's National Under-18 Team in both 2009 and 2010. She also plays for the Olton & Westwarwick Hockey Club first team.

"Rachael Mack will be a very polished and skilled player coming out of England. Her speed of play and goal scoring ability will help strengthen our attack."

McCallister is a midfielder from Huron High School. She was named to the Michigan division 1 all-state first team in 2008 and 2009 and led her team to the state championship game.

"Ainsley McCallister is from right here in Ann Arbor. She is a hometown hero. Playing a multitude of sports, Ainsley is an outstanding athlete who knows how to win."

Roberts is a forward from Pocomoke High School. The NFHCA recognized her for its High School National Academic Squad and All-South Region team. Roberts' high school team won four consecutive Maryland 1A state championships. In 2006, she competed at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.

"Michelle Roberts is a speedy, skilled forward who will help our attack become even more dangerous."

Sheaffer is a midfielder from Wilson High School. She was named Pennsylvania AAA all-state first team in 2009. Sheaffer earned NFHCA High School National Academic honors as well in 2009. She scored the winning goal in the 2009 Berks Field Hockey League Championship.

"Kim Sheaffer is a hard worker and a really strong athlete. Her fitness is outstanding and her attitude and work ethic is what we want here at Michigan."

Smith is a back from Hershey High School. In 2009 she played on the U.S. Under-16 National Team and attended the U.S. Junior National Team Camp. Smith was the 2009 Mid-Penn Player of the Year in the Keystone Division and earned Pennsylvania AAA all-state first team. The NFHCA picked her for the High School All-Mideast Region team.

"Leslie Smith will bring a lot of U.S. Junior National Team experience. She is a smart player with a lot of skill. We expect her to step in and help solidify our backfield."

The Wolverines lost five players to graduation following the 2009 campaign: three forwards, one back and one goalkeeper.

Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423