June 27, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan field hockey head coach Marcia Pankratz announced Thursday (June 27) that eight student-athletes have committed to attend U-M and play for the Wolverines during the 2013 season.
Seven come to Michigan as freshmen: Casie Ammerman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS), Carly Bennett (Naragansatt, R.I./Hotchkiss School), Morgan Dever (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS), Alana Dumas (Haverford, Pa./Episcopal Academy), Courtney Enge (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS), Allie Sardo (Gloucester, Mass./Pingree School) and Eliza Stein (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS). Alice Brown (Canterbury, England/Birmingham University) rounds out the newcomers as a graduate student transfer.
"We are very excited about this group of young players," said Pankratz. "It's a big group, and they bring a lot to the team in terms of athleticism and depth at all positions. I think they will all fit into our program quite well. We can't wait to get them here and get started."
Ammerman, a midfielder, will remain in her hometown after guiding Ann Arbor Huron HS to four straight state championship game appearances, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. She garnered all-state recognition following her senior season and, as a senior captain, earned team MVP honors in 2012. In the summer months, she participated in the National Futures Tournament (2011, '12) and Junior Olympics (2010). Ammerman also excelled in soccer as a four-year letterwinner, twice earning all-district and all-conference accolades.
Bennett, a midfielder, was selected as a WNEPSFHA All-Star (2012) and two-time Founders League All-Star (2010, '11). She was twice named to the New England All-Tournament team while contributing to Hotchkiss' three New England Class A championships and four Western New England championships. She posted 16 goals and 38 assists over her prep career. Bennett also earned four varsity letters in ice hockey, serving as team captain as a senior. Her brother, Mac, is a rising senior on the Wolverine hockey team.
A midfielder, Dever is a two-time NFHCA All-America Midwest Region selection (2011, '12) and garnered 2012 all-state honors after leading Lake Forest HS to the Illinois state title as the team captain and MVP. Dever was also a two-time Futures Elite selection (2011, '12) and three-time AAU Junior Olympics participant (2008, '10, '11) and competed with the Windy City Field Hockey Club at the National Futures Tournament (2008, '10, '11, '12). Her father, David, played football at Michigan (1984-88), while her brother, Bo, is currently a member of the Wolverine football team.
Dumas, a forward, was named to the 2012 Harrow Sports/NFHCA High School All-Pennsylvania Region second team after leading Episcopal Academy to a second straight PAISA title with a school record 26 goals and 19 assists. She was a two-time first team All-Delco honoree (2011-12), three-time first team All-Inter-Ac (2010-12) and three-time first team All-Main Line (2010-12). Dumas contributed to three National Indoor Club Championship title as a well as National Field Hockey Festival title and Disney bronze medal.
A forward, Enge comes to Michigan as a top high school prospect out of California. She claimed All-California Interscholastic Federation recognition as a senior and was a two-time Western League honoree. She posted 16 goals and 17 assists as a senior to contribute to Scripps Ranch HS' 2012 state championship -- its second in three years. Enge also participated in the National Futures Tournament and National Field Hockey Festival and was a two-year varsity soccer letterwinner.
A forward/midfielder, Sardo earned Eastern Independent League during each of her four seasons at Pingree School, garnering league MVP honors as a senior (2012). A three-time team MVP, she also claimed a pair of Salem News All-Star honors (2011, '12). A two-time Futures Elite selection (2012, '13), Sardo helped Team Germany capture gold at the 2012 Elite Championship. She also competed in three National Futures Championships, five USFHA National Hockey Festivals, two indoor championships and the 2010 Junior Olympics. She also earned varsity letters in lacrosse, softball and basketball.
Stein, a midfielder, was a four-year starter at Ann Arbor Pioneer HS, contributing to a pair of Michigan state titles (2009, '12) and two runner-up finishes (2010, '11). A 2012 NFHCA All-America Midwest Region selection, Stein twice garnered first team all-state recognition (2011, '12) after earning an honorable mention nod as a sophomore (2010). She is a three-time Futures Elite selection, a three-time National Futures Championship participant and two-time Junior Olympics participant.
Brown, a back, will have one year of eligibility remaining after competing with England's University of Birmingham as an undergraduate. Birmingham reached the British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) championship game in each of her collegiate seasons. Brown is pursuing a master's degree in business entrepreneurship.
The Wolverines will kick off the 2013 season on the road, heading to Orono, Maine, to face Massachusetts on Saturday, Aug. 31, and host Maine on Sunday, Sept. 1. Both games are slated for 1 p.m. starts at the Black Bears' UMaine Field Hockey Complex.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423