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Field Hockey Set to Add Five to Incoming Class of 2017

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By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth field hockey head coach Amy Fowler has announced the incoming group of five players who will make up the Class of 2017.

Paige Duffy (Prides Crossing, Mass.), Natalie Ludwig (Vancouver, British Columbia), Joanne Nazareth (Wilton, Conn.), Jenna Schwenk (Madison, N.J.) and Heather Zezzo (Jamison, Pa.) will all join the Big Green for the upcoming 2014 season in late August.

“We are thrilled to add these five rising stars to our roster,” Fowler said. “This class should have an immediate impact on the program. Each young woman brings a solid skill set and a positive outlook, which will help add to our overall team dynamic.

“The Class of 2017 is ready to challenge our retuning squad in order to create an even more competitive daily environment; propelling the 2013 Big Green field hockey team toward its ultimate goal of winning an Ivy League Championship,” Fowler added.

Duffy is a goalkeeper who brings a wealth of experience to Dartmouth as she has started five years between Shore County Day School for two and the last three seasons at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass. Last fall, she helped guide her team to championships in both the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) as well as the Independent School League (ISL). In her ISL title run, Duffy was named All-Tournament Player after a season that saw her earn first team honors for the second straight season. She also was a two-time NEPSAC All-Tournament Team honoree.

Coming to Hanover from across the continent and above the 49th Parallel, Ludwig is a midfielder who attended the Collingwood School in West Vancouver, British Columbia. This season, she helped lead Collingwood to a Provincial AA Championship as well as an AAA North Shore Banner. A former member of the Vipers Club Team and a North Shore Regionals Divisional Player, Ludwig has also acted professionally and served as a spokesmodel for both local and national businesses.

Nazareth played both midfield and forward in her time with Wilton High School and with her club team, Fairfield County United. As a senior, Nazareth captained Wilton to the Class M State Championship en route to individual accolades that included Regional All-American and a spot on the All-Fairfield County team. The state title was the second straight for Wilton after Nazareth and her teammates claimed the title in her junior season of 2011. She, like Schwenk, is also a part of the Futures Elite program this year.

A New Jersey native and a veteran of Oak Knoll School, Schwenk will join the Big Green’s midfield core this fall. During her senior season, she helped lead Oak Knoll to a 24-0 campaign that culminated in a Group I State Championship and a No. 2 national ranking in addition to conference and county titles. For her role, Schwenk was tabbed as a member of the First Team All-Union County and Second Team All-Group 1. It wasn’t the first time she was part of a championship squad as Oak Knoll also won the state title in 2010. In three varsity seasons, her teams went a combined 73-1.

Schwenk also was a part of the USA Field Hockey program, competing at the Junior Olympics (2011) as well as the National Futures Championship (2011-12) and Futures Elite (2013).

Zezzo comes to Dartmouth after playing four years of varsity field hockey at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pa., and was also on the Mystx Field Hockey club team. A two-time All-Suburban One League selection at midfield, including earning a first-team nod as a senior in 2012, Zezzo was the conference’s leading scorer with 25 goals in her final season. That goal total allowed Zezzo to earn first team all-state honors from the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association as well. In addition to field hockey, she is a member of the USA Junior National Dragonboat Team that earned three gold medals at the 2011 IDBF World Cup.