HANOVER, N.H. - Head coach Amy Fowler and her staff have announced the five incoming players that will make up the Dartmouth Field Hockey Class of 2016.
Clare Detrick-Yee (Wilton, Conn.), Jessica Barfield (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Brooke Van Valkenburg (Garden City, N.Y.), Eliza Becker (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Tabitha Sabky (Skillman, N.J.) will all join the Big Green this fall as the newest members of the team.
Detrick-Yee was a four-year starter at the midfield position on the Wilton High School varsity team, serving as a captain her final two seasons. A Second-Team All-American and National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region selection this past fall, she helped lead her team to a Connecticut state title, earning MVP honors in the championship game in the process. Detrick-Yee was tabbed as an all-conference player all four seasons at Wilton and was honored with a spot on the league's first team as both a junior and senior.
Barfield comes to Hanover after a stellar four-year career at Chapel Hill High School where she earned first-team all-state and conference honors each season and was a NFHCA Regional All-American this past fall. A captain as a senior, Barfield led the team in scoring in each of her four seasons, compiling 83 goals and 63 assists in her career. A veteran of several national camps and festivals, Barfield is no stranger to winning, twice claiming gold with the WC Eagles and taking silver as a member of the US Junior Olympic team. Honored with All-American recognition from the NFHCA, she also earned a starting position on the first two North Carolina All-Star Games in 2010 and 2011.
A native of Long Island, Van Valkenburg played her high school field hockey at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts. Another four-year veteran of her high school's varsity team, Van Valkenburg served as a captain her senior season. She was also selected as a member of the NFHC regional team for her performances during her senior season as well as part of the All-New England Tournament Team in both her junior and senior campaigns. A versatile player, she played both in the midfield and on defense while at Phillips, while also helping her Cape Ann Coalition Club team to a festival gold as a junior. That versatility could also be seen during her off-seasons when Van Valkenburg played both ice hockey and lacrosse.
Becker is another midfielder that will join the Big Green in 2012, becoming the fourth member of her immediate family to attend Dartmouth. A NFHCA Regional All-American, Becker led The Lawrenceville School to a Mercer County Championship in 2011, earning tournament MVP in the process. During her career, Becker was also a three-time all-conference selection, while also being named all-area, Prep Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and Midfielder of the Year in 2011. The recipient of several team awards, she was also honored by the NFHCA as an Academic All-American. Becker will now join her father, sister Hilary and mother, who played on the field hockey team from 1977-80, as a member of the Dartmouth community.
Sabky rounds out this year's talented group of freshmen, coming to Dartmouth from The Middlesex School in Massachusetts. Another four-year player, Sabky, a native of New Jersey, was named league MVP as a senior in 2011 while serving as her team's captain. A defender, she was also honored as an NFHCA All-Massachusetts Regional and Regional All-American player last season along with a spot on the All-New England Tournament Team (New England Prep School Athletic Conference). Sabky also won indoor (2011) and outdoor (2010) titles with Cape Ann Coalition and was a member of National Field Hockey's Futures Championship in 2010.
Dartmouth will kick off the 2012 season in late August at UMass before opening its home portion of the schedule early in September against Northeastern.