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Harvard Field Hockey Welcomes Six Newcomers for 2013

Harvard adds six freshman to a roster that returns 18 players from last season (photo Justine Agaloos).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard field hockey coach Tjerk van Herwaarden has announced the addition of six freshman for the 2013 season; Marissa Balleza, Kyla Cordrey, Sarah Finnemore, Annie Morefield, Sophie van Weede, Elizabeth Warner.

The six newcomers that represents both coasts of the United States and both sides of the Atlantic Ocean will join a group of 18 returning players from last season.

"We are very excited to have this class join Harvard field hockey," said Van Herwaarden. "The group is filled with bright young women who will all excel and thrive in the environment that Harvard offers to all their student-athletes. There is no doubt that this incoming class will give our program a positive boost from the first day they step on the field. Each of our incoming students share a common passion for excelling in the sport of field hockey, while having demanding and inspiring academics."

The Harvard field hockey Class of 2017:

Marissa Balleza • Forward • Severna Park, Md.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in field hockey ... Led Sevrna Park to two Maryland 4A State Championships ... Helped Sevrna Park to three consecutive Maryland 4A Regional Championships ... Aided Sevrna Park to a Maryland 4A County Championship in 2010 ... Two-time offensive MVP ... Three-time team's top scorer ... Two-time team's assist leader ... Two-time All-Maryland first team selection ... Three-time All-County selection ... Named Player of the Year by Capital Newspaper in 2011 ... Two-time Washington Post first team All-Met selection ... Washington Post second team All-Met selection as a sophomore ... Three-time Balitmore Sun first team All-Met selection ... In 2012, WFAN radio Ring of Honor Award recipient ... USA Women's Junior National Indoor Hockey Team member for three years ... US Travel Team Selection in 2013 ... National Indoor Championship ... Two-time NICC All-Star selection ... Four-time Futures selection ... In 2012, Futures Elite Tournament Selection ... Two-time Futures Elite selection ... Two-time Junior Olympics selection ... In 2011, helped the US Junior Olympics team win a gold medal ... Four-time National Futures Championship selection and gold medalist ... Five-time Top Scholar Athlete ... Five-time Minds in Motion selection ... Two-time Principal's Honor Roll Student ... Five-time Honor Roll Student ... Four-year member of National Honor Society ... National Junior Honor Society Member in 2008.

Kyla Cordrey • Midfield/Back • Summit, N.J.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in field hockey ... As a sophomore led Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child to the Tournament of Champions Championships to finish first in New Jersey ... Aided Oak Knoll School to two runner-up finishes in the country as a senior and sophomore ... Led Oak Knoll School to two perfect seasons in 2012 (24-0) and 2010 (27-0) ... Helped Oak Knoll School to three Union County Champions and Union/Essex Conference Champions ... Aided Oak Knoll School to two Group 1 Championships ... In 2012, first team All-State selection ... Two-time Group 1 All-state, All-County and All-Conference first team selection ... Named Oak Knoll School Team MVP as a senior ... Earned Oak Knoll School's Outstanding Defensive Player honors as a junior ... In 2012 earned Field Hockey Academic All-America status .... Competed for the Edge Field Hockey Club and captained the squad in 2013 ... Also a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse where she started at attack for two seasons ... Named Lacrosse Academic All-American in 2012 ... Class Salutatorian ... AP Scholar with Honors in 2012 ... Member of Cum Laude Society ... Volunteered at Foster Family, P.G. Chambers and tutored children from Elizabethport ... Her father, Peter Cordrey, played lacrosse at Princeton University.

Sarah Finnemore • Forward • Norridgewock, Maine
Two-time captain and four-year letterwinner ... Led Skowhegan to three consecutive Maine Class A State Championships ... Helped Skowhegan to four straight Maine Class A Eastern Maine Championships and Class A Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Championships ... Helped Skohegan break the school's and Maine's record for number of goals scored by a team in a season (147) ... Led Skohegan to 54 straight victories, losing only a single contest in her high school career ... Holds Skowhegan's record for career assists (60) and number of strokes made in a single game (3) ... National All-American first team selection in 2012 ... Two-time Northern New England Regional All-American ... Three-time Maine All-State selection ... Three-time Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference first team selection ... Miss Maine Field Hockey Finalist as a senior ... As a freshman, named to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team ... U.S. Women's Junior National Indoor team member in 2012-13 ... NFHCA High School National All-Academic Squad member in 2012 .. Named to Maine's All-Academic Team as a senior ... Member of National Honor Society and served as Chapter President ... Student Council Treasure ... Yearbook senior editor and two-time recipient of the Yearbook Staff Award Member of the Business League, Math Team and Robotics Team ... Youth Field Hockey Coach and Referee ... Math and Science Student Tutor ... Volunteered at the Skowhegan History House Museum and Research Center, Big Brother Big Sister, Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative Board Member, Salvation Army Bell Ringer and at the After School Kindergarten Bowling Program.

Annie Morefield • Back • Mechanicsburg, Penn.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in field hockey ... Mid-Penn All-Star Field Hockey Player in 2012 ... Named MVP as a senior ... In 2012, High School Academic Athlete ... Competed for East Coast Field Hockey for four seasons and captained the squad in 2012 ... AP Scholar ... Four-time Academic Honor Award recipient ... Member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society ... Volunteer for LIttle Hockey.

Sophie van Weede • Back • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Four-year letterwinner ... Led Vossuis Gymnasium to three regional conference championships ... Helped Vossuis to a second place finish in the national conference and championships in 2011-12 ... In 2012-13, aided Vossuis to a runner-up finish in the regional indoor championship ... Also lettered in tennis ... Second in command in European Youth Parliament in 2012 ... Principal Honor Roll Student at the Shanghai Community International School in 2007.

Elizabeth Warner • Midfield • Shaker Heights, Ohio
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in field hockey ... Led Hathaway Brown School to four straight district championships ... In 2011, aided Hathaway Brown School to a state runner-up finish ... Helped Hathaway Brown School to three state semifinals ... Named Northeast Ohio Player of the Year in 2012 ... Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Ohio Team selection in 2012 ... Two-time Northeast Ohio All-League second team selection ... In 2012, Northeast Ohio first team All-League selection ... Plain Dealer All-Star as a senior ... Named team MVP as a senior ... Three-time Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic All Ohio Award recipient ... Hathaway Brown School Coaches' Council Award recipient in 2011 ... Also four-year letterwinner in swimming ... Member of the 200 free relay school record holding team in 2013 ... Two-time state qualifier ... Ohio High School Swimming Association All Ohio Award recipient in 2010 ... Blazer Award recipient in 2013 ... Most Improved Swimmer as a freshman ... Academic All-America selection in 2013 ... Also a three-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Led Hathaway Brown School to two OSLA State Championships ... Helped Hathaway Brown School to a OSLA State Runner-up finish in 2011 ... In 2012, Named Best Midfield Player ... Academic All-America selection in 2012 ... Inducted into Cum Laude Society in 2013 ... Global Scholar ... Business and Finance Scholar .. Service Learning Fellow ... Volunteer at Judson Retirement Homes ... Her father, John Warner '93, graduated from Harvard Business School.