Field Hockey Bears Announce the Addition of Seven New Athletes for the 2012 Season

Field Hockey Bears Announce the Addition of Seven New Athletes for the 2012 Season

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Feb. 10, 2012

Springfield, Mo. -

Missouri State field hockey head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa and assistant coach Erika Dombkowski announced Friday (Feb. 10) the signing of seven new players for the 2012 season.

"Gabby and I are so excited to welcome our 2012 class to Missouri State Field Hockey", said Dombkowski, "This is a well-rounded, determined group and they will contribute to taking our program to the top in 2012."

Leah Reitmayer, Defender - Vista, California, Vista High

Reitmayer was a two-time captain of her team at Vista High. The Vista, Calif. native was three-time all-league first-team selection and made all-league honorable mention in 2008. A 2011 CIF Division I First-Team honoree and 2010 CIF Division I Second-Team honoree, she was named one of the "Players to Watch" by NC Times. After being an alternate in 2008, Reitmayer was a three-time National Futures Championship selection. She was also named to the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team. Reitmayer won gold at the California Cup in 2010 and at the National Hockey Festival in 2009, while playing for RUSH Field Hockey Club. She also played for Vista Hot Styx FHC, Katahdin FHC, and Club Fierce FHC. Reitmayer is a three-sport athlete and participates in soccer and swimming at Vista High. She also coached middle school field hockey in Vista, Calif.

"Leah is an aggressive defender that has a presence on the field and is fast, fit and ready to come to Missouri State to immediately make an impact to the team", said Dombkowski, "She has high level experience and will strengthen our back line."

Charlie Redhead, Midfielder - Norfolk, England, Wymondham College

Redhead was captain and player of the year for King's Lynn Pelicans Field Hockey Club. The Norfolk, England native made the "Last 8" at the Under 18 National Field Hockey Cup. Redhead was also the captain of the Norfolk-Under 18 National Squad. In 2008, she led her team to 3rd place at the Under 15 National Cup.

"Charlie is an extremely skilled midfielder", said Dombkowski, "She creates plays, forces movement and has very accurate passes. She is going to be a play maker on the field for us, and we hope that her intense level of experience will put her in a leadership role on the team."

Jackie Eskue, Defender - Fallbrook, California, Fallbrook High

Eskue was a two-time team captain at Fallbrook High. She was a 2009, 2010, 2011 National Futures Championship selection. The Fallbrook, Calif. native placed second at National Hockey Festival in 2010 and first at California Cup in 2010 and 2011. She was a first-team all-league selection and named Outstanding Defensive Player at the Serra Field Hockey Tournament. Eskue was also an All-CIF First-Team Selection in 2011. She also played club for Guac FHC, Hollywood FHC, Vista Hot Styx, WAM! FHC, SoCal Sticksters, and SPF7 FHC. Eskue coaches field hockey at Potter Junior High School.

"Jackie is an enthusiastic, hard working defender", said Dombkowski, " She is going to add depth to our defense and be another 'director' along with our goalkeepers. She is eager to get on the field and win."

Sydney Richelieu, Forward - Fallbrook, California, Fallbrook High

Richelieu was a 2010 and 2011 National Futures Championship Selection. She earned all-league first-team honors the past two seasons and an All-CIF First-Team Selection in 2011. The Fallbrook, Calif. native led her team in goals in 2009. Richelieu won gold at California Cup, CIF Tournament, UC-Davis 7v7, and Serra Field Hockey Tournament. She was captain of her squad at Fallbrook High with fellow Missouri State signee Jackie Eskue.

"Sydney is a quick forward that catches opponents off guard", said Dombkowski, "We are going to look to her to be an immediate impact to the team and make our forward line unstoppable. She has great ball control and a keen eye for the cage.

Holly Scherer, Forward - Belmont, Ontario, Canada, East Elgin Secondary

Scherer was a three-time team captain and team MVP at East Elgin. She led her team to gold at the AAA Field Hockey Conference the past two seasons. Scherer was a Western Ontario gold medalist in 2011 and played in the Senior National Tournament in 2011, as well as the Junior National Camp in 2011. The Belmont, Ontario native was named to the Under 18 National Field Hockey Squad and won the gold at the U18 Nationals in 2011. Scherer was named MVP at the Senior National Tournament and U18 National Field Hockey Top 11 Tournament in 2011. She participated at National Hockey Festival. A three-sport athlete, Scherer also plays ice hockey and soccer at East Elgin and was a provincial gold medalist for ice hockey in 2010. She also plays club for GoA FHC.

"We were so impressed with Holly at Hockey Festival", said Dombkowski, "She is a definite presence on the field and will also make an immediate impact to the team. She is a leader. She has high expectations and does not take her eye off of the goal.

Olivia Nicotera, Midfielder - Fredericksburg, Virginia, Riverbend High

Nicotera was a second-team all-area selection in the second most competitive conference in Virginia and was the leading scorer in the Commonwealth District. The Fredericksburg, Virginia native was voted the team's offensive MVP and named to the All-Commonwealth District Team, All-Northwest Region First-Team, and all-state. In 2009, Nicotera led her team to a 4-3 overtime win against Colonial Forge after a three goal deficit at halftime. She scored all four goals in the match. Nicotera participated at National Hockey Festival and also plays club for High Voltage FHC.

"Olivia has great decision making on the field", said Dombkowski, "She distributes the ball well to her teammates on the forward line which is crucial in a midfield position. Her enthusiasm and great attitude on and off the field is what makes me believe she is going to take an immediate leadership role at Missouri State.

Elizabeth Young, Midfielder/Defender - San Diego, California, Serra High

Young was the team MVP and captain at Serra High. She was an all-league, all-county, and all-area first-team honoree. The San Diego, Calif. native was named to the Serra Field Hockey Tournament All-Tournament Team and High School Sports Association All-Star Squad. She was an All-CIF First-Team Selection and named Eastern League Player of the Year. Her team took gold at California Cup in 2011, and she participated at National Hockey Festival. Young also played club for San Diego Short Corner FHC.

"Liz is an aggressive and determined player", said Dombkowski, "She is the type of player who is going to come here and raise the bar. Liz is a very versatile player which shows how knowledgeable she is in the game. We are going to look to her to be a playmaker on the field in both midfield and defense positions."

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