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Field Hockey Signs 10 Student-Athletes for 2013

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: February 21, 2013
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MUNICE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team had 10 student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2013 season.

Ball State Athletics would like to welcome Bryce Barnes (Fredericksburg, Va./Mountain View), Jordan Dues (Fallbrook, Calif./Fallbrook), Ally French (Louisville, Ky./Ballard), Lexi Kavanaugh (Sherrill, N.Y./Veron Verona Sherrill), Marissa Luft (Liberty Township, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy), Colleen McGlynn (St. Louis, Mo./Visitation Academy), Mikayla Mooney (St. Louis, Mo./Whitfield School), Merinda Morley (St. Louis, Mo./University City), Morgan Nash (Houston, Tex./Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart) and Anna Pryde (Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand/Tauranga Girls College) to the Cardinal family.

“We are so excited about our incoming class,” said head coach Beth Maddox. “They are an exceptional group of student-athletes and we have no doubt that they will make an immediate impact. They are dedicated on the field and off and we can’t wait to start the 2013 season.”

Barnes earned three letters at Mountain View High School under Coach Pattie Sullivan. As a senior, Barnes netted 13 goals, dished out five assists and tallied a defensive save. She was named to the First Team All-Area, All-Commonwealth District, All-Northwest Region and to the Second Team All-State. Barnes is the daughter of Darryl and Doreen Barnes who were both collegiate student-athletes. Her father played baseball at Wake Forest and her mother was a part of the fencing team at The College of William and Mary. Barnes played for the High Voltage club team under Coach Lindsey Heppner.

“Bryce is a solid player,” said Maddox. “She is smart and works incredibly hard. Her dedication in the classroom is impressive and she somehow manages to be equally as dedicated to playing hockey.”

Dues was a varsity goalkeeper at Fallbrook High School for Varsity Coach Kirsten Mueller. She helped guide her team to a spotless 17-0 record as a senior. She netted 11 shutouts and had a 0.91 goals against average in 1,440 minutes. She was a First Team selection to the 2012 CIF Division 1 team as well as the 2012 Avocado West League. She was named to the High School Sports Association Field Hockey All-Star Team as a senior. In the 2012 Serra Tournament eh earned an All-Tournament Team selection and was the most valuable goalkeeper. She played club with Guac Girls for coaches Kathy Waite, Kirsten  Mueller and Lizzy Eskue.

“Jordan is going to bring her own style to goalkeeping,” commented Maddox. “She is full of personality and will definitely be a leader in the back. She is a strong communicator and we know she will fit right in with Maddi [Elliot] and Shelby [Henley].”

French was a three-year letterwinner at Ballard High School for Coach Lindsey Trager. As a senior she had five goals and four assists to help guide her team earn the District title and a spot in the state semifinals. The Louisville, Ky., native was named to the All-Star and All-State Tournament teams as a senior. She played club at the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky for Coach Yasser Khan-Hyatt. Her club team was ranked seventh in the United States and was the Disney Silver Medalists in 2012.

“Ally will make an impact up top for us,” said Maddox. “She is smart and has a good eye for space and the goal. She is athletic and super quick and we are excited to see what she can do.”

Kavanaugh earned four letters at Vernon Verona Sherrill for Coach Wendy Seifried. She netted 16 goals and had seven assists as a senior to help guide her team to a 14-3 record. As a senior, she was a Selection 3 All-Star, Vernon Verona Sherrill Player of the Year, Mohawk Valley Player of the Year, Oneida Daily Dispatch Player of the Week, and to the First Team All-State and Tri-Valley League All-Star team. She played for the Southern Tier Storm club team for coaches Stephanie Collins and Michael Young as a forward and midfielder. She was selected to the Future National Tournament in 2011 and 2012 and her team was a two-time Limelight Tournament champions, Camden Tournament champions and Hamilton College champions. She also played volleyball and was on the track and field in high school. Her brother, Dylan, currently wrestles for Briar Cliff University and her mother, Brenda, was a gymnast for Utah State University while her father, Terrance, played football at Brockport State College.

“Lexi brings so much to our team,” said Maddox. “She is a natural athlete. Her ability to run for days combined with her competitiveness makes her dangerous.”

Luft was a three-year letterwinner for Coach Sarah Catlin at Saint Ursula Academy as a defensive back. As a senior, she helped guide her team to an 11-6-2 record and the best goals against average in program history. The Liberty Township, Ohio native was named the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and also earned nods to the All-Ohio team and All-Conference First Team as a senior. Her high school team won the state championship in 2010 and went to the Final Four in 2011. Luft earned the Academic All Ohio award from the Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Luft played her club field hockey for Steve Boniface and the Coyotes Field Hockey Club.

“Marissa is a ball of energy,” said Maddox. “She never stops working and gives her all in everything she does. It’s her ability to make her teammates look good that really sets her apart.”

McGlynn earned three letters at Visitation Academy under the direction of Coach Dana Opperman. She netted 19 goals, including two game winning goals, as a senior to go with 24 assists to help guide her team to a 16-5 record. The St. Louis, Mo., native was named to the NFHCA All-Midwest Regional team, the First-Team All-Metro team and First-Team Metro Women’s Athletics Association All-Conference team. She played club for Coach Lauren Cornthwaite as a forward and help the team earn a ranking of 34th in the nation and second in the Midwest. McGlynn also played racquetball and lacrosse for Visitation Academy.

“Colleen is going to provide a necessary spark to our team,” noted Maddox. “She is full of energy and he relentlessness up top is going to be a great asset for our team.”

Mooney was a four-year letterwinner at Whitfield School for Coach Maggie Young. As a senior she had 13 goals and 10 assists and was named to the All-Region team as well as the First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Metro teams. The St. Louis, Mo., native played for Coach Lauren Cornthwaite and the AIM club team and helped the team earn a regional club championship title and earn a spot to the National Club Championship. Mooney also played soccer and basketball and was named to the All-Conference teams in both sports.

“Mikayla is the perfect combination of athleticism and smarts,” said Maddox. “She has a great vision and her discipline on the field and in the classroom is unmatched.”

Morley was a midfielder and defender for Coach Marisa Davenport Sheppard at University City Senior High School. She netted seven goals and dished out seven assists as a senior and was named to the First Team All-Conference. Played for the same club team as fellow signees, Colleen McGlynn and Mikayla Mooney as a defender and helped the team earn RCC Champions.  Nash also participated in swimming, soccer, basketball and track in high school.

“Merinda has a great build a strong presence on the field,” Maddox commented. “She had great timing combined her competitiveness and reach.”

Nash earned four letters under Coach Amit Shah at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Tex. She was named Rookie of the Year and was an All-District Honorable Mention as a freshman. She was voted her team’s Most Valuable Player for her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Nash played for the Texas Pride Field Hockey Club under Coach Jess McClain as a defender. She also earned letters in high school in soccer and softball.

“Morgan is a fierce competitor,” said Maddox. “We are excited to see her grow at Ball State and have no doubt that she will help us succeed.”

Pryde played for Coach Paul Collins at Tauranga Girls College. She was the top goal scorer for 2010 and was named the team’s most valuable player in 2010. Her team came in first in the local round and earned second in New Zealand’s national competition.

“Anna is traveling the farthest to join the Ball State family,” said Maddox. “She brings maturity and vision to our team. She sees the space well and has a knack for the goal.”



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