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Field Hockey to Welcome Six for 2014 Season

Feb. 7, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College field hockey team will add six freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season, head coach Ainslee Lamb announced on Friday as the incoming class signed National Letters of Intent.

Philippa Cotter, Brooke Matherson, Chelcie Mendonça, Alesandra Miller, Alyssa Olenick and Justine Sheehan will don the Maroon and Gold next season, joining the 20 returning Eagles who made the NCAA Tournament in 2013 (for the first time since 2009), compiling a 12-8 overall record.

"This is a very talented group with a lot of diversity and exposure," Lamb said. "The class is represented by three countries - the USA, Canada and Ireland. That is an exciting opportunity for the players and the team to learn and grow from the different cultures and styles of hockey from around the world. There is no doubt in my mind that this class will prepare this spring and summer to make immediate impacts for us in the fall. That is the expectation for each of them here at Boston College and why we wanted them to join the program and contribute to the future of BC field hockey."

Two freshmen are slated to play on the forward line, two either as forwards or midfielders, one will play in the backfield and one will take on the midfield or back position.

"With a team of 20 returning players the foundation is extremely strong and the leadership is fantastic," Lamb continued. "Both will provide a great environment for the incoming players to excel and flourish right away. I look forward to each of them bringing a renewed energy, fight, work rate and will to win that will allow our team to continue to compete with the best in the country, in the ACC and maintain a top-10 ranking."

Cotter will come to the Heights from Dublin, Ireland. The forward has played for Mt. Anville Secondary School, notching 14 goals in the last two years to date. She also played on Leinster U-16, which won the All-Ireland Interprovincial tournament in 2011 and was selected for the Ireland training squad in 2012. She has played for the Leinster U-18 training team the last two seasons as well.

"I wanted to study at a college with an excellent academic reputation combined with strong field hockey credentials. I believe BC offers me the best opportunity to do this. I was hugely aware of BC's reputation and also BC's strong Jesuit tradition and ethos, which were factors that attracted me," Cotter said.

Matherson, a forward from Walpole, Mass., joins the Eagles from Walpole High School where she scored 133 goals and notched 48 assists in her four-year varsity career. This past fall, the Rebels captured the state championship as Matherson led the way as a captain. She was a two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honoree, while also earned all-regional honors and third-team All-American honors twice. Both of her parents, Geoff ('88) and Sue ('88) are Boston College graduates.

"I'm so excited to have the opportunity to attend BC, as it's such an academically and athletically elite school. I can't wait to join the team," Matherson said.

Mendonça hails from Brampton, Ontario, and will add to the midfield and forward line for the Eagles in 2014. As a member of the U-18 Ontario Provincial team, she helped earn second-place finishes in 2013 and 2012 and a third-place finish in 2011 at the Canadian Nationals. Her U-18 A&C Academy team also took first at the University of Toronto Tournament. She was recently named to the Canadian Junior National Team, as well as the Senior Women's Canadian Indoor squad.

"I am so ecstatic to be an Eagle," Mendonça said.

An Andover, Mass., native, Alesandra Miller is a forward and midfielder, who played four years at the Brooks School. As a senior captain, she earned All-Independent School League honors, as well as Eagle Tribune All-Star accolades. She was also a 2014 U.S. Futures Elite selection. In her junior year, aside from also tallying Eagle Tribune and All-ISL honors, she was a U.S. Futures Level 1 National Championship selection, helping her team earn the silver medal.

"I am really excited to join the Boston College Eagles and I am looking forward to joining a team that feels like such a close one. I love the athletic atmosphere that BC has and I cannot wait to become part of it," Miller said.

Olenick will join the Eagles from Cherry Hill, N.J. The midfielder/back played her freshman year at Cherry Hill High School, scoring five goals and tallying seven assists, before transferring to Camden Catholic, where she amassed 33 goals and 19 assists. As a senior, Olenick earned First-Team All-South Jersey, First-Team All-Non-Public and first-team all-conference honors. She captained the team, was the co-MVP and played in the senior all-star game. She earned U.S. Futures Elite status in 2014 after playing at Level One the previous two years. She was also a member of the Junior Olympic team that won the bronze medal in 2012.

"I am excited to join the BC field hockey team and build on the success of the past seasons. After meeting the coaching staff and players, I knew immediately that BC was the perfect choice for me," Olenick said.

Sheehan, a Shrewsbury, Mass., native, will also bolster the backfield. The Shrewsbury High School product earned league and Worcester Telegraph & Gazette All-Star honors, was named to the Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches Association Best of 60 Senior All-Star team and was selected to the U.S. Futures Elite team. In her junior season, she also earned league and Worcester Telegraph & Gazette All-Star honors, while also garnering NFHCA/Harrow Regional All-American accolades. Shrewsbury fell to Acton-Boxborough in the state championship.

"For six years, I have looked up the BC field hockey players at camps, hoping to be in their shoes one day. Not only am I excited to be a BC field hockey player, but also I am thrilled to take on the academic challenges Boston College will present," Sheehan said.

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