Shippensburg University sports: 10 Field hockey recruits join Raiders

Shippensburg University field hockey head coach Tara Zollinger has confirmed the recruitment of 10 student-athletes who have each agreed to attend the university and will suit up for the Raider program when preseason camp gets underway in August 2021.

“We are excited to welcome the incoming class to our hockey family and to Shippensburg University this fall,” Zollinger said. “These student-athletes are committed to our program goals, passionate about Shippensburg University, and possess the talent that is needed to make an immediate impact on the field.”

These players have signed either national letters of intent (NLIs) or institutional letters expressing their desire to play field hockey at Shippensburg. This year’s recruiting class features four players from Pennsylvania, three from New Jersey, one from Maryland, one from Argentina, and one from The Netherlands.

“This class offers great experience and they collectively have the intangibles that we look for in student-athletes, Zollinger said. “We are excited to see their impact on our program.”

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The recruits are as follows (in alphabetical order):

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Emma Albee

Goalkeeper
Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge

Ridge High School:

  • Totaled three varsity letters for the Devils under head coach Kimberly Clark…
  • competed at the club level for NJ Spartans under coach Marc Waldron…
  • named to the Group 4 All-State Third Team…
  • selected to the All-County First Team, All-Conference Second Team and All-North Jersey First Team…
  • won a state sectional championship…posted an .860 save percentage and made 180 saves as a junior…was a member of the honor roll…also played lacrosse and basketball.

About Albee:Full name is Emma Marie Albee…is the daughter of Walter and Laurie Albee… has four brothers and four sisters.

Why Albee Chose Ship:“The minute I stepped onto the campus I knew this is where I wanted to be because of the size, the beautiful campus, the outstanding academics, and the opportunity to play field hockey at such a high level. I knew I had to be a part of the Ship family.”

Coach Zollinger on Albee:“Emma is a very poised and fundamentally strong goalkeeper. Early in the recruiting process we were impressed with her ability to set tangible goals and her commitment to the athletic and academic goals she set for herself. We look forward to working with Emma and helping her reach her goals, both on the field and in the classroom. Welcome to the family, Emma!”

Coach Kimberly Clark on Albee:“Emma is an incredibly athletic goalkeeper. She routinely makes plays that are a result of her game-sense and instincts. But what sets Emma apart is her work ethic. She has worked tirelessly to hone her craft and is incredibly dedicated to being the best. Her passion for field hockey is infectious and she is an extension of the coaching staff as she leads our entire team from the defense to our attack. Emma is the quintessential goalkeeper: she is instinctual, driven, and a leader on and off the field.”

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Tori Albright

Forward/Midfield
Landisburg, Pa./West Perry (UConn)
 
Albright will be a graduate transfer for the Raiders in 2021.
 
2020 (Senior): 
  • Appeared in eight games and made three starts for UConn in a season that was played during Spring 2021…
  • recorded five shots, including two on goal…
  • contributed to six team shutouts.

2019 (Junior):

  • Played in six games for UConn…
  • achieved a season high in minutes versus Boston…
  • contributed to a team that won a Big East Conference Championship…
  • earned Big East All-Academic honors.

2018 (Sophomore):

  • Played in seven games for UConn…
  • logged a season high in playing time against Villanova…
  • contributed to a team that won a Big East Conference Championship…
  • earned Big East All-Academic honors.

2017 (Freshman):

  • Did not see game action in her debut season at UConn…
  • was a member of the team that won the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship and a Big East Conference Championship.
West Perry High School: 
  • Totaled four varsity letters for the Mustangs…
  • played at the club level with East Coast Field Hockey under Bill Gaudette…
  • traveled to Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, the Netherlands, and Barbados to train with and play against each country’s club and national teams as a part of her club experience…
  • named to the All-Mid-Penn Conference All Star squad as a junior and senior…
  • served as a senior captain…
  • participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures and Field Hockey Festival…
  • earned distinguished honors each year…also competed in track & field.

About Albright:Full name is Victoria Albright…is the daughter of Joe and Betsy Albright…has two sisters: Alex and Paige, who both played field hockey at Mercyhurst…mother Betsy played field hockey at Susquehanna.

Why Albright Chose Ship:“I chose Shippensburg University because of the university’s strong support staff and resources that are there to help you not just athletically, but also academically. Shippensburg has great building blocks for your future and that’s exactly what I’m looking for”

Coach Zollinger on Player:“Tori is a very versatile player, having experience at the collegiate level playing in multiple positions. The maturity, flexibility and game awareness in her play will add tremendous value to our team on the field. Welcome to Shippensburg, Tori!”

Conn Head Coach Paul Caddy on Albright:“Tori is a very versatile player who has played all three lines for us, although forward is probably where she is most comfortable. Most importantly, Tori is a team-first athlete and has always put the ‘we’ before the ‘me’. She’s a great student and great teammate. Tori will be a great asset for the Shippensburg program. Not to mention that Tori is a National Champion and knows what it takes to be successful. We could not be more proud of Tori and look forward to following her continued success.”

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Brea Borrell

Midfield/Defense

Hamburg, Pa./Conrad Weiser Area

 Conrad Weiser Area High School: 
  • Totaled four varsity letters in field hockey, including three with the Scouts under coach Ann Schmidt…
  • competed at the club level for X-Calibur FHC under coaches Alli Lokey and Brian Hope… served two seasons as a captain for the Scouts, earning Most Outstanding Defender as a sophomore and earning a Best All-Around player award as a junior…
  • compiled 22 goals and 13 assists in career, working primarily as a defensive midfielder…
  • received PIAA All-State Honorable Mention as a sophomore and junior…
  • named to the All-Berks County First Team as a junior and senior…
  • finished as a three-time All-Berks County honoree…
  • selected to the NFHCA High School National Academic Squad as a junior…
  • contributed to a first-place finish in USA Field Hockey Festival in 2019 and a first-place finish in the USA National Indoor Tournament in 2020 with her club team…
  • enrolled in the USAFH Futures program…
  • amassed 11 varsity letters overall, including three in track & field, three in cross country and one in lacrosse…
  • competed at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships as a freshman…
  • was a three-year honor-roll student and a member of the Student Council…
  • placed second in “Animal Systems” 2019 Agri-Science Fair…
  • twice participated in the Reading-Berks Science & Engineering Fair…
  • served three years on her school’s Science Research Institute (SRI)…
  • participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

 About Borrell: Full name is Brea Lynn Borrell…is the daughter of Daniel and Karen Borrell… has a sibling, Bailey.

 Why Borrell Chose Ship: “I chose Shippensburg because of its perfect balance of academics and athletics. I loved the family-like atmosphere that was created by the coaches and the team during my visits. I consider the coaching staff outstanding, which will help me grow as a player. I am very excited to be part of a team that has a great work ethic and high goals in mind. GO RAIDERS!”

 Coach Zollinger on Borrell: “Brea is a selfless midfielder whose distribution often creates key opportunities for her teammates. Brea is a hustler and her hard work, on and off ball, will add strength to our midfield line. Welcome to the family, Brea!”

Coach Ann Schmidt on Borrell: “Brea’s deceptive play allows her to beat opponents and then distribute a beautiful, accurate, well-paced ball to her teammates. She hustles, works hard, and shows exemplary sportsmanship, leadership, and respect for all, both on and off the field.”

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Ashley Button

Midfield
Brinklow, Md./Sherwood

Sherwood High School: 
  • Totaled four varsity letters for the Warriors under coaches Walter Velasquez and Amy Morse…
  • competed at the club level with Washington Wolves under coach Gloria Nantulya…
  • received All-Met Honorable Mention from theWashington Postas a junior…
  • named to the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Coaches’ All-Division 4A First Team as a freshman, sophomore and junior…
  • selected to the MCPS Coaches’ All-County First Team as a junior and the All-County Second Team as a freshman and sophomore…
  • led her team in scoring as a freshman, sophomore and junior and led her team in assists as a sophomore and junior…
  • recognized as her team’s MVP as a sophomore and junior and her team’s Most Dedicated Player as a freshman…
  • also competed in equestrian…
  • was a member of National Honor Society as an honor-roll student with a 4.29 weighted GPA.

About Button:Full name is Ashley Marie Button…is the daughter of Patrick and Gemma Button… has a sibling, Sammie… father Patrick played three sports in high schools and went on to play rugby at IUP and for the Washington Irish Rugby Club.

Why Button Chose Ship:“When I visited I loved the campus and seeing how close and friendly everyone on the team was, made it seem like a family. Ship has such a successful and challenging field hockey program along with a great academic side it was a perfect fit for me!”

Coach Zollinger on Button:“Ashley is a dynamic midfielder whose work ethic is unmatched. Her off-ball vision and game awareness make her a playmaker in the midfield. We are excited to welcome Ashley to the Ship hockey family!”

Coach Amy Morse on Button:“Ashley Button is a playmaker and is going to be a competitor as a freshman. Her ability to see the field and manufacture goals makes her a standout athlete and a force to be reckoned with! She sets up plays that most don’t see coming and often finishes the play herself. She’s smart, focused and driven. She is the hardest working player on the field and doesn’t stop until she knows she’s given it her all.”

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Emilia Conners

Midfield
Havertown, Pa./Haverford

Haverford High School:

  • Totaled three varsity letters for the Fords under head coach Christa Taylor…
  • played at the club level with Main Line Mayhem for coach Alex McMahon…
  • earned All-Delaware County honorable mention and All-Central League honorable mention as a junior…
  • named to the All-Main Line Second Team as a junior…
  • selected as her team’s Offensive MVP as a freshman…
  • scored 11 goals as a junior and seven goals as a sophomore…
  • was a member of the honor roll.

About Conners:Full name is Emilia Conners…is the daughter of Stephen and Dina Conners…has three sisters: Michaela, Sophia and Olivia.

Why Conners Chose Ship:“I chose Shippensburg University because it offers a highly competitive field hockey program with welcoming and supporting staff and teammates. Also, with an excellent teaching program, it’s a place where I know I will be able to succeed.”

Coach Zollinger on Conners:“Emilia will add depth to our midfield line with her ability to maintain possession under pressure and decisive decision making. Her very strong fundamental skills coupled with her athletic talent will make her a great contender in the center of the field. We are excited to welcome Emilia to the Ship hockey family!”

Coach Christa Taylor on Conners:“Emilia is able to possess the ball in areas of heavy defensive pressure, keeping the ball close and finding passing lanes. She has the ability to create fouls and then take advantage of quick restarts to control the pace of the game. She is a leader in the center of the field and never stops working.”

Nya Gilchrist

Forward
Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City

Ocean City High School:

  • Totaled three varsity letters for the Raiders under head coach Kelsey Burke…
  • played at the club level with Jersey Intensity for coach Kathleen Stefanelli…
  • named to the CAL East First Team as a senior after receiving honorable mention as a junior…
  • totaled 35 goals and 19 assists as a varsity player, including career highs of 17 goals and 11 assists as a junior…
  • scored 12 goals and had four assists as a senior…
  • also played lacrosse and ran track.

About Gilchrist:Full name is Nya Nichole Gilchrist…parents are Wallace Gilchrist and Gabrielle Davis and Bridgett Wright…has four siblings: James Gilchrist, Cameron Jordan, Eva Gilchrist and Kaelyn Gilchrist.

Why Gilchrist Chose Ship: “I chose Shippensburg University because of the university’s strong support staff and resources that are there to help you not just athletically but also academically. Shippensburg has great building blocks for your future and that’s exactly what I’m looking for!”

Coach Zollinger on Gilchrist:“Nya is a talented goal scorer who positions herself in the circle to win rebounds and finish. Her dynamic skills coupled with her speed make her a threat in the front line. Welcome to our family, Nya!”

Coach Kelsey Burke on Gilchrist:“Nya is a fierce competitor. She plays with passion and is eager to learn and improve. Her athleticism allows her to excel in transition and be a threat on offense. We are going to miss her leadership, heart, and team-first attitude, but know she is destined for greatness at Ship!”

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Tess Jedeloo

Forward
Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Hervormd Lyceum Zuid

Hervormd Lyceum Zuid:

  • Played at the club level with AH&BC in Amsterdam in the highest Dutch U18 league (MA1 National Top Class) in 2020 before the season was canceled due to COVID-19…she played for the club’s top U17 team that won a 2019 championship in The Netherlands.

About Jedeloo:Full name is Tess Jedeloo…is the daughter of Emily Roest and Lou Jedeloo

Why Jedeloo Chose Ship:“Shippensburg can make my dream come true to combine my favorite sport, field hockey, and studying!”

Coach Zollinger on Jedeloo:“Tess has tremendous goal-scoring ability and will bring experience and speed to our forward line. We are excited to welcome Tess to our team and our attack unit.”

International Coachon Jedeloo:“Tess is a fast and technically good attacker. She works hard and is really motivated to go for it!”

Alyzah Martinez

Forward
Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township

Manheim Township High School: 

  • Totaled three varsity letters for the Streaks under head coach Samantha Spanos ’13, a former Raider…
  • competed at the club level with Nook Academy Field Hockey for coach Debra Atkins…
  • twice named a Lancaster-Lebanon (LL) League All Star.

About Martinez:Full name is Alyzah Shanell Martinez…is the daughter of Tonya Garcia…has a sister: Alize Cherry.

Why Martinez Chose Ship:“I chose Shippensburg University to further my athletic and academic career for many reasons. Academically, Ship is perfect for my major of criminal justice and has so many resources for me to use throughout my four years. For field hockey it has always been a dream since I was a freshman in high school to be able to play for Ship. I love the atmosphere of being on a team and their concept of being a family. It is important to always have connections on and off the field with your teammates and Ship Hockey is all about that. I couldn’t picture myself anywhere else! Go Raiders!”

Coach Zollinger on Martinez:“Alyzah is full of positivity and passion and these attributes show in her play. Her speed and dynamic distribution will help our attack create more opportunities in the front half of the field. We are excited to welcome Alyzah to the Ship hockey family!

Coach Samantha Spanos ’13 on Martinez:“Alyzah is a great leader on and off the field. She has a tremendous amount ofpassion for the game of field hockey and will always give you 100-percent effort. She strives to support her teammates in as many ways as possible and truly wants what is best for each of them. She has a great vision of the field and is extremely quick! She can use her speed as a great tool in helping to get the ball up the field.”

Valu Paul

Midfield
Buenos Aires, Argentina/Instituto La Salle Florida

Paul’s first semester with the Raiders was this spring (Spring 2021).

UCES:Attended Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales, a university with 18 campuses throughout Argentina.

Instituto La Salle Florida:Played left wing and midfield for coach Virginia Tobin…competed at the club level with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires for coach Geraldine Fresco Pisani.

About Paul:Full name is Valentina Paul…is the daughter of Santiago Paul and Veronica Andrea Bernal…has three siblings: Bradley Cenizo, Tomas Paul and Mateo Paul.

Why Paul Chose Ship:“I chose Shippensburg University because it gives me the opportunity to fulfill my dream to play field hockey and study in the United States. I think I will feel at home in Shippensburg because of the current players and Coach Tara is very kind.”

Coach Zollinger on Paul:“Valentina is a fast, aggressive, and passionate competitor. Coming from a high level of competition in her home country of Argentina, Valentina’s experience will add tremendous strength and value to our attack. Welcome to the family, Valentina!”

Coach Geraldine Fresco Pisani on Paul:“Valentina is a very good hockey player who is very passionate about the sport. She gives her best for the team and is an incredible athlete.”

Mya Silva

Defense
Westampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional

Rancocas Valley Regional High School:

  • Competed at the varsity level for the Red Devils under head coach Diana Cermatori…
  • played at the club level for SWS under coach Imani Ruffin…credited with 16 defensive saves as a senior…
  • was four-year honor roll student who received four academic excellence certificates.

About Silva:Full name is Mya A’tianna Silva.

Why Silva Chose Ship: “I chose Shippensburg to continue my academic and athletic career because of the inclusivity and variety of support and resources. I know with these two important factors I willsucceed both athletically and academically.”

Coach Zollinger on Silva:“Mya has great footwork and defensive technical skills. Her ability to apply hard pressure to the ball carrier while staying mobile will help our defensive line manage the fast attackers we compete against. Welcome to Shippensburg, Mya!”

Coach Imani Ruffin on Silva:“Mya is an exceptional player, one that works hard and will never give up. She’s overcome so many obstacles and barriers to get to where she is today. It is her willingness, her drive, and her desire to be the best version of herself so that she can fully contribute to the team. I am so excited that I’ve had the opportunity to coach Mya. And, I am so glad she is joining such a strong program where I know she will make a difference.”


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