MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.- Central Michigan and head field hockey coach Cristy Freese welcome three new recruits for the 2013 season. After advancing to the semi-final matchup in the 2012 Mid-American Conference tournament, the Chippewas are looking to build on last season’s success with a strong recruiting class.
Sara Nicolas comes to Central Michigan from Louisville, Ky. She played fours years at Assumption Catholic High School where she lettered in field hockey and track. Nicolas was a 2012 West Region All-American selection and was named to the 2012 All-State Tournament First Team. She played on the winning FUTURES national team, and was an alternate for the FUTURES national team in 2010 and 2012. Nicolas, goalkeeper, stopped 87 of 98 shots she faced senior year and led her team to a 24-6-1 record, finishing as state-runner up.
“You can look at her resume and see that she has played a lot of field hockey,” Freese said. “Not only has she played a lot of field hockey but she has done so at a high level. She is an athlete. Sometimes when you get goalkeepers, they are just goalkeepers. This is the first time I’ve had a goalkeeper that also runs track and that athleticism is what we look for.”
Olivia Wagner joins Nicolas from Louisville, Ky. Wagner played varsity field hockey and tennis at Presentation Academy. She lettered all four years in field hockey. Wagner, a midfielder, was a two-time all-state selection and a Kentucky Catholic High School first team selection in 2011 and 2012. She was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Regional Team and was a member of the USA Futures Elite team in 2012. Wagner is a member of the National Honor Society with cumulative GPA of 3.85, and was named academic all-state four times.
“She is an all-regional player and has competed in the FUTURES tournament. She plays at a really high level and loves field hockey,” said Freese. “Olivia reminds us a lot of Mary Moore already on our team. She is just a fast, athletic player with a good field hockey sense.”
Lauren Jacobsen, a native of Downingtown, Pa., was a three-year varsity starter as a midfielder at Downington West High School. She was a member of the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Bronze medalist team and a 2011 National Outdoor College Showcase All-Star. Jacobsen played on the 2009 and 2010 Chestmont League championship team and earned All-Chestmont League honorable mention honors in 2011. She is a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.5 GPA. Jacobsen missed her senior year due to injury.
“We are excited to sign Lauren. She has played at an extremely high level,” Freese said. “She plays for the number one club team in the country and is a very quality field hockey player. She is used to playing with good players and is a competitor, and that is the type of player we are looking for.”
Central Michigan will be graduating four seniors from last season, including two All-MAC selections in Erin Dye and Anastasia Netto.
“We are very excited about this group. All three of these recruits can challenge right away,” said Freese. “But we have a veteran lineup on the field that intends to win those starting positions.”