Bulldogs Add Six in Class of 2017

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Yale's penalty corner defense. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Gericke, Emilie Katz, Steffi Katz, Nolan, Reinwald and Weiss Join Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2013 season. The group comes from four different U.S. states and also includes the first Yale field hockey player from South Africa.

In addition to individual field hockey accomplishments such as earning a spot on the South African national U-16 high performance squad (Rhoni Gericke (Cape Town, South Africa)), being selected for USA Field Hockey Futures Elite Championship (Emilie Katz (Newton, Mass.) and Steffi Katz (Newton, Mass.)), and being named third team All-American (Kelsey Nolan (Lancaster, Pa.)), the group also has a wide variety of off-the-field interests as well -- for example, Emmy Reinwald (Stafford, Va.) has volunteered in El Salvador and Honduras and Alyssa Weiss (Potomac, Md.) has worked as a tutor. All six have experience captaining teams.

The Katz sisters will attempt to become the first sisters to letter for Yale in the same season since Lesley Kiger '10 and Lorrie Kiger '08 did so in 2007.

The incoming class joins a group of returnees that has seen much success under Pam Stuper, who enters her ninth season as head coach. Yale has won 40 games over the past four seasons, the third-best four-year span in school history, and was Ivy League champions in 2011.

The six newcomers will help offset the graduation of four seniors from last year's squad. Yale has eight players returning who made 13 or more starts last season, including two who earned All-Ivy League recognition.

Here is a look at the newest Bulldogs:

 

Rhoni Gericke
#17
5'4"
Freshman
M
Cape Town, South Africa/Herschel Girls School

National Team Program: Selected to South African national U-16 high performance squad (2010). 

High School: Captained Western Province (WP) U-18A … WP U-21A, third at IPT … Coaches' Player of the Tournament at the St. Mary's Hockey Festival (28 top teams nationally); team placed third (best finish ever) … PGSGU indoor league… Herschel Sportswoman of the Year in 2012 ... Invitational Player for Kennemer Lyceum, Netherlands (winners) at Cape Town Hockey Festival 2011 … Kennemer senior and Herschel U-16A basketball team 2010 ... Player of the Indoor Hockey Pro-series 2008-10 … Inter-schools Cross Country winner 2008-09 … Academic Top 10 of Western Cape matriculants … Herschel Dux (highest academic rank in class) … Academic Prefect … Top awards for bilingualism and an enquiring mind in 2012 … National English Olympiad, top 1% … Sonia Beck Essay Prize … Winning inter-house play (script writer, composer, lead actress) in 2011 … WP Math Senior A team … National Math Olympiad Final Round (top 100) in 2010 … Johann Vos Regional Piano competition, second place in 2009.

Club Team: Played for WPCC 1st Ladies' team (with three National Team players), runner-up in the provincial Grand Challenge 2011-12 … Junior Sports Achiever of the Year finalist 2012 … Most Promising Player (joint) 2010-11.

Notes: First Yale field hockey player from South Africa … First name is pronounced RO-nee … Enjoys exploring the outdoors, reading, photography, music, piano, film and theatre.

Why Yale? "Although I've never been there yet dreamed, Yale somehow found me, I suppose. I just couldn't say no."

 

Emilie Katz
#36
5'5"
Freshman
GK
Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

USA Field Hockey: USAFH Futures Elite Championship Selection 2012 – one of top seven goalies at U-19 level … USAFH Futures Elite Selection 2011-2012 … Two-time USAFH National Futures Championship Selection 2011-2012 … USAFH Futures Program 2010-2012 … Competed at Disney Field Hockey Showcase and National Indoor Tournament.

High School: New England Sports Lodge of B'nai B'rith Joe Linsey Scholar Athlete of the Year 2012 … Co-captain of field hockey team 2011 … NEISL All-League selection 2011 … Helped lead BB&N varsity to its first NEPSAC Class B Tournament berth in nearly two decades in 2011 … National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Scholar … Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Citation of Honor 2010-2012.

Club Team: Played for New England Hockeymates and Cape Ann Coalition.

Notes: Sister, Steffi, also plays field hockey for Yale … Brother, Alexander, graduated from Princeton.

Why Yale? "Yale was the clear choice -- a singular educational opportunity, combined with the chance to compete for a highly respected field hockey program.  Yale remains committed to the ideal of the student-athlete."

 

Steffi Katz
#8
5'3"
Freshman
M
Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

USA Field Hockey: USAFH Futures Elite Championship Selection 2013 – one of top 72 players at the U-19 level … Two-time USAFH Futures Elite Selection 2011-2013 … Two-time AAU Junior Olympics Selection 2010-2011 … Four-time USAFH National Futures Championship Selection 2010-2013 … USAFH Futures Program 2009-2013 … Competed at National Hockey Festival, National Indoor Tournament and Disney Field Hockey Showcase.

High School: Co-captain 2012 … NEISL All-League selection in 2011 and 2012 … NEPSAC Class B all-tournament team selection 2011 … Helped lead BB&N varsity to its first NEPSAC Class B Tournament berth in nearly two decades in 2011 …Played three seasons at Buckingham Browne & Nichols (2010-12) and one season at Newton North (2009) … Offensive player of the year at Newton North 2009 … National Merit Scholarship Corporation Commended Scholar … Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Citation of Honor 2011-2013.

Club Team: Played for New England Hockeymates and Cape Ann Coalition.

Notes: Sister, Emilie, also plays field hockey for Yale … Brother, Alexander, graduated from Princeton.

Why Yale? "I was attracted to the incomparable educational opportunities and strong creative community at Yale.  Since the first training camps that I attended as a child, I had always wanted to play for Coaches Stuper and Durante."

                                               

 

Kelsey Nolan
#13
5'3"
Freshman
M
Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield

High School: Third team NFHCA All-American 2012 … First team all-state 2011, 2012 … First team All-Pennsylvania Region 2011,2012 … First team all-section 2011, 2012 … First team All-Lancaster-Lebanon League 2011, 2012 ... Hempfield advanced to Pennsylvania state tournament each of her four years, and won the state championship in 2011 … Captained field hockey team … Ran on indoor and outdoor track teams, and was a captain on each one … Won A. Landis Brackbill Award as scholar-athlete from Lancaster-Lebanon Secondary School Athletic Association … Member of National Honor Society and Society for Academic Excellence in Foreign Language … Peer tutor … English as a Second Language tutor.

Club Team: Lanco Premier, won the winter Keystone State Tournament in 2011 and 2012.

Notes: Comes from same home town and high school as Yale head coach Pam Stuper.

Why Yale? "The blend of academic excellence and athletic achievement, along with the tradition and the opportunities that come along with attending Yale made choosing this school an easy decision."

 

Emmy Reinwald
#12
5'4"
Freshman
B
Stafford, Va./Mountain View

High School: Captained field hockey team as a senior … All-District … Coaches' Heart and Hustle Award … Virginia AAA state finalists 2010, state semifinalists 2012, state quarterfinalists 2011 … Also on indoor and outdoor track and field teams, cross country team and soccer team … 11 varsity letters in total … All-district pole vaulter 2012, 2013 … Editor in chief of The Viewpoint (Mountain View High School's student newsmagazine) … Vice president of National Honor Society … IB Diploma candidate

Club Team: NOVA Elite … National Hockey Festival Participant 2011, 2012 … National Indoor Tournament Participant 2012 … Disney Tournament 2010, 2011.

Notes: Volunteered in Villa Soleada, Honduras through Students Helping Honduras … Volunteered in San Salvador, El Salvador … Oldest sister, Kelly Reinwald, played soccer for Canisius and graduated in 2012 … Other sister, Liz Reinwald, rows for Canisius.

Why Yale? "Yale had the right balance of academics and athletics for me. The team, the coaches, the academic programs, and the atmosphere were everything I wanted in a school. I couldn't see myself choosing anywhere else."

 

Alyssa Weiss
#2
4'11"
Freshman
B
Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill

USA Field Hockey: USA Field hockey futures 2010-2013.

High School: Captained field hockey team in 2012 … First team All-Gazette 2012 … First team all-county coaches 2012 … Team defensive MVP 2012 … Team player to watch 2010 … Team was division champions in 2011 … Three-year starter for field hockey team … Ran outdoor track in 2013 … Played on lacrosse team in 2010 and 2011 … National Merit Scholarship Finalist … English National Honor Society 2011-2013 … Mu Alpha Theta 2012-2013 … Spanish National Honor Society 2012-2013 … Marian Greenblatt Award for Excellence in Social Studies … AP Scholar with honor.

Club Team: U14 NIT 2009, U16 NIT B Pool 2011, U19 D Pool 2013 … Attended National Field hockey festival 2010, 2011 and Disney Showcase 2009, 2010, 2011.

Notes: Volunteer tutor, Host tutor for AP government 2011-2013 … Has worked and volunteered as a field hockey coach … Brother is an Ivy Leaguer; attends graduate school at Brown … Mother played field hockey and lacrosse and ran track at Bowdoin and Mount Holyoke.

Why Yale? "As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew where I wanted to go to college. The incredible combination of outstanding people, academics, athletics, and opportunities can't be found anywhere else."

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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