Feb. 2, 2012
Coach Griffiths on the Class of 2016
EASTON, Pa. -
Andrew Griffiths, head coach of the 2011 Patriot League Field Hockey Champions, has announced the addition of six newcomers as part of the class of 2016. Four of the six incoming student-athletes, who will enroll at Lafayette for the fall 2012 semester, hail from Pennsylvania while the other two are New Jersey natives.
"Our incoming class is strong, talented, but also well-balanced," Griffiths said. "There are some versatile players who can play different positions and will fit well into our system. I certainly think we will have more depth at different positions on our squad next season."
Katie Birle (Summit, N.J./Summit): Birle was a four-year letterwinner in field hockey at Summit High School where she totaled 47 goals and 19 assists in her career. She was a 2011 First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County selection. As a junior in 2010, Birle was named to the Union County All-Conference Team, Essex-Union All-Conference Second Team, Second Team All-Union and Third Team All-Group. She helped her team to the 2009 North II Group Sectional Championship. In addition to Birle's field hockey accomplishments, she played four years of ice hockey and three years of lacrosse while earning Cum Laude status in the classroom in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Paige Macrae (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown): Macrae played four years of varsity field hockey at Moorestown High School where she served as team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior. In 2011, she was a Burlington County First Team All-Star, a Burlington County Times All-County First Team selection and a Second Team All-South Jersey honoree after leading her team with 20 goals and 17 assists. Macrae helped her team win the Central Jersey Group III Championship and a Group III State Final appearance. Moorestown won three BCSL Liberty Division titles and Macrae was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player three times during her career. She led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists as a freshman and followed that up with 11 scores and nine helpers in her sophomore campaign en route to being named a Burlington County All-Star and All-Group III Second Team All-Star. Macrae played for Mystx Field Hockey Club from 2009-2011, as well as playing lacrosse and indoor track at Moorestown where she earned honor roll status.
Hannah Millen (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall): Millen, a three-sport athlete at Whitehall High School, played field hockey, soccer and basketball. She served as a co-captain during her senior year when she earned All-State recognition. Millen was named All-Lehigh Valley Conference as a junior and senior, as well as earning All-Area honors in 2010 and 2011. She was part of the National Honor Society and her sister, Lizzy, plays field hockey at Temple.
Abbey Stefanides (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest): Stefanides played center back, midfield and forward at Cedar Crest High School where she earned four varsity letters. She was named team captain as a junior and senior and won the Coaches Award in 2008. Stefanides was a 2011 Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two First Team All-Star and a 2010 Honorable Mention honoree. She was the recipient of the 2011 "Falcons Ain't Lazy" Award and a Lebanon Daily News Lebanon County First Team All-Star. Stefanides was a member of the track and field team as a pole vaulter for four years as well as an Honor Roll student. She received the 2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship and was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council President. Stefanides plays for Penn Lanco Field Hockey Club.
Kirby Szalkowski (Dallas, Pa./Dallas): Szalkowski, a four-year letterwinner at Dallas Senior High School, served as team captain in 2011. She was named team MVP in 2011 and Second Team All-State as a senior. Szalkowski held the distinction of having the highest grade-point average as a junior and a senior and was named All-State academic as a senior. She earned honors with distinction in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and also was a member of the track and field team all four years of high school. Szalkowsi won four varsity letters and competed in the hurdles, 4x100m relay, long jump and triple jump. She is a member of the 2011-12 USA Women's National Indoor Field Hockey Team.
Sally Trout (Dallastown, Pa./Dallastown): Trout was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Dallastown High School where she served as team captain in 2011. As a senior, Trout was awarded the 2011 NFHCA Academic Award and was a York County Senior All-Star and YAIAA Division I All-Star. She led her team to three Division I YAIAA Championships and undefeated seasons in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Her 2010 squad went to the District III Quarterfinals. Named Ironwoman all four years and won the Hustler Award three times. Trout played two years of club field hockey for M2 Spots and two years for Lanco Premier. She also won four varsity letters in track and field and was the team captain as a senior. Off the field, Trout was a member of the Distinguished Honor Roll as class Valedictorian, Student Council and the National Honor Society. She received the York Distinguished Young Women Scholastic Award and the Richard Shoff Anatomy and Physiology Award. Trout was selected as a Marquis Scholarship recipient at Lafayette.
"Building off last year's success will be just as much of a challenge as it was to win last year," Griffiths added. "On our team there will be new leaders and fierce competition for playing time and we know our League competitors will be working hard at improving as well. We will be particularly focused on strength, speed and fitness over the next 10 months, as we have identified that as a specific area where we can improve."