WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head field hockey coach Alicia Hawk has announced the signing of six players who will join the Holy Cross program in the fall of 2010. Kelly Burke (Walpole, Mass.), Jillian Caffrey (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Katie DeGennaro (Blue Bell, Pa.), Jess Dodakian (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Carly Grimaudo (John Jay East Fishkill, N.Y.) and Lindsay MacPhail (Goffstown, N.H.) have all signed national letters of intent to play field hockey for the Crusaders.
"We're very excited to welcome this class in 2010," said Hawk. "They will continue to elevate our team's skill level and with them, we will be able to build depth on the bench. We were very impressed from the get-go with this particular group's work ethic and leadership potential."
Burke is a back who played four season of varsity field hockey for Walpole High School in Walpole, Mass. She captained the team her senior season and was a two-time Bay State All-Star first team selection in 2008 and 2009. She scored four goals and tallied 14 assists as a senior as her team was crowned the Bay State League champions for the fourth-consecutive season. She was also a member of the team that won the 2006 Division I Massachusetts State Field Hockey championship.
Caffrey is a defender who played four seasons of varsity field hockey for Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, N.Y. She collected 14 goals and 18 assists in her career and was named to the All-State, All-League and All-Section teams as a senior. She captained the team in 2009, leading a defense that gave up just six goals all season. The 2009 team also won the Class B State championship and the league championship for the fourth-consecutive year.
DeGennaro is a forward who played four seasons of varsity field hockey for Springside High School in Philadelphia, Pa. She was named team captain as a junior and senior, tallying 24 goals and 38 assists over her career. She recorded 21 of her assists during her senior season, setting a school record for most assists in a season. She picked up first team All-League honors her senior year as well.
Dodakian is a defender who played three seasons of varsity field hockey for Shrewsbury High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. She was selected as the only defender to make the Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Super Team her senior season and was named field hockey co-MVP in the Midland Wachusett "A" League. She captained the 2009 team, which finished with an 18-3-1 record and a 12-0-0 league record. The team's undefeated league record was the first time in school history a Shrewsbury High School team reached such a feat.
Grimaudo is a forward/midfielder who played varsity field hockey for John Jay High School in Cross River, N.Y. She was a Poughkeepsie Journal second team selection and earned a 2009 FHCA All-Elite Player honorable mention her senior year. She captained the team as a senior and helped lead her team to its third-consecutive league championship. She was also named to the 2009 NFHCA High School National Academic Squad.
MacPhail is a back who played varsity field hockey for Goffstown High School in Goffstown, N.H. She was honored as a first team All-Class L selection as a senior and also won the team's MVP award. She was named to the 2009 New England Premiere Field Hockey All-Star Team as well.
"We took great care in recruiting each of these players not only for their talents, but more importantly for their character," continued Hawk. "These players will assimilate into our program very quickly."
2010 Holy Cross Field Hockey Recruiting Class
Kelly Burke Back Walpole, Mass. / Walpole
Jillian Caffrey Defense Yorktown Heights, N.Y. / Lakeland
Katie DeGennaro Forward Blue Bell, Pa. / Springside
Jess Dodakian Defense Shrewsbury, Mass. / Shrewsbury
Carly Grimaudo Forward/Midfield John Jay East Fishkill, N.Y. / John Jay
Lindsay MacPhail Back Goffstown, N.H. / Goffstown