Feb. 7, 2013
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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College field hockey team will add six freshmen to the roster for the 2013 season, head coach Ainslee Lamb announced on Thursday, as six new Eagles signed National Letters of Intent.
Alexa Brazauskas, Leah Frome, Audra Hampsch, twins Eryn and Emily McCoy and Brittany Sheenan will don the Maroon and Gold next season as the Eagles return the majority of the 2012 roster, which finished 10-9, 2-3 in the high competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.
"This is an exciting group of players," Lamb said. "It is a very diverse group when you consider where they are from, their backgrounds in playing and the positions they play on the field, but they are all have in common the tremendous pride of representing Boston College and its field hockey program.
Frome, Sheenan and Eryn McCoy will enter as forwards, while Brazauskas and Emily McCoy are midfielders and Hampsch is a goalie.
"No question this class will have an immediate impact on the team's successes for this coming fall," Lamb continued. "They have high expectations for their own contributions and we are thrilled as a staff to have a class that is motivated to contribute to the strengths of the existing group here. It is nice to have an entire class that prides itself on competing as one of the top programs in the country while maintaining excellence in the classroom and committing to promoting the community service responsibilities that the current student-athletes in the program have all held as a given standard for our team."
Brazauskas, who hails from Woodbury, Conn., was a four-year starter at Nonnewaug High School. The Chiefs were three-time Berkshire League Champions and recorded two undefeated seasons in Brazauskas' four years. She was a four-time league all-star and a three-time all-state selection, twice named to the first team. As a senior, she earned NFHCA/Harrow Regional All-American honors, played in the CHSCA Senior All-Star Game, captained the team and earned NFHCA High School National Academic Squad honors. Brazauskas also was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Junior Olympic team, earned a silver medal in 2012.
"Boston College is the ideal school for me because of its outstanding academic and athletic programs," Brazauskas said. "BC's incredible school spirit and support for sports definitely influenced my decision. I am thrilled to become part of this amazing team, learn from top-notch coaches and play against great competition in the ACC."
Frome will come to the Heights from Vancouver, British Columbia. A member of the 2012 U-17 Canadian National Team, she tallied a goal and two assists in international play. She was also a member of the provincial team from 2010 to 2012, winning the 2011 national championship and placing third in 2012. At Collingwood School she tallied 29 goals and 13 assists and was named a first-team all-star for four straight years. The Cavaliers won the AA Provincial Championship in 2010 and 2012.
"From the minute I stepped on campus at BC, I knew it was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life," Frome said. "From the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference to the impeccable academic programs, I could not be more excited to become a part of this dynamic community in the fall."
Hampsch, a Hopedale, Mass., native, tallied an 88-10-2 record as a five year (2008-12) member of the varsity squad. She recorded an 0.34 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and 81 career shutouts in that span. In October of her senior year, Hampsch tallied her 76th career shutout, breaking the national, all-time high school record. In 2010, she was named Central Mass Co-Player of the Year and took home Dual Valley Conference All-Star honors from 2008 to 2012. She was also named a Central Mass All-Star four times and started her career with Rookie of the Year honors. This past January, she traveled to Germany as a member of the U.S. Junior National Indoor team.
"Boston College has been my dream school ever since eighth grade," Hampsch said. "I can't imagine being anywhere else. I feel absolutely blessed with this opportunity, not only to study as an Eagle, but to compete as one too."
Eryn and Emily McCoy hail from Lancaster, Penn., where they were 2009 and 2012 District 3 Champions at Penn Manor High School. Both captains as seniors, they also saw three Lancaster-Lebanon League titles and earned first-team All-American honors in 2012. The two garnered All-American All-Regional accolades as juniors and seniors as well.
Eryn tallied 85 goals and 54 assists in her career, recording 35 goals and 25 assists as a senior. She was named first-team all-state and all-league in 2011 and 2012 and earned second-team All-American honors as a junior. Emily scored 51 goals and 30 assists for the Comets, including 29 scores as a senior. She also garnered all-state honors in 2012. Both twins played on the U.S. U-17 National team in 2011 and the U-19 in 2012.
"I chose to come to Boston College because of the excellent field hockey program and also because it will challenge me academically," Eryn said.
"I really enjoyed BC from my first visit," Emily echoed. "I'm excited for the athletic and academic challenges BC has to offer."
Sheenan, also a Pennsylvania native - from Langhorne - earned first-team all-state honors as a senior, leading the Suburban One League in goals with 32. She captained the Redskins to a 2012 Suburban One title and earned all-league honors. She finished her high school career with 55 total goals.
"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to join such a high-level team," Sheenan said. "The combination of top-notch academics, an amazing campus environment and high-level athletics makes BC the perfect fit for me. I could not have asked for a more enriching school."
The Eagles suffer the loss of former senior captains Kara Mackintire and Jacqui Moorfield, but the rest of the BC roster will return in 2013.
"These freshmen will contribute to the national reputation of our team and position us to compete with the best in the ACC and NCAA," Lamb said. "With the strength of our schedule consistently ranking among the top 10 in the country, this group is critical to add to a great foundation that exists now and allow us to accelerate the grow and future success of the team with their presence on the field, in the classroom and in the BC community."