Holy Cross Field Hockey Signs Seven To National Letters Of Intent

Holy Cross Athletics   12-01-2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head field hockey coach Lindsay Jackson has announced that seven student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for Holy Cross. Emily Devine (Lexington, Mass.), Minke Koomen (Velp, Netherlands), Courtney McMullen (East Greenwich, R.I.), Kate O’Donnell (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), Emma Skumurski (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Olivia Venezia (Watertown, Mass.) and Kristen Weber (St. Louis, Mo.) will join the Crusaders in the fall of 2017.

“We are extremely excited to welcome the incoming class to the Holy Cross family!” said Jackson. “They will all bring unique and special attributes, personalities and talents to the program. We believe they will help us continue to elevate the program and build a positive, competitive environment.”

Devine played four years of varsity field hockey at Lexington, where she captained the team as a junior and a senior. She has been named a Middlesex League All-Star three times, and was selected as the league MVP as a junior. Devine was also selected to the Massachusetts Best of 60 All-Star senior game. She helped lead the team to a Middlesex League Championship in 2013, and a Division I North semifinal appearance in 2016. Devine was also a member of the National Honor Society, and has been named to the Honor Roll every year.

Koomen has played field hockey at the club level for 12 years, eight of which were spent with Upward based in Arnhem, Netherlands. Koomen currently serves as the captain of her team, which plays at the highest national league “landelijk.” She won a conference championship with her high school team, Stedelijk Gymnasium Arnhem, and helped the team reach the national finals.

McMullen was a four-year varsity field hockey player at East Greenwich, where she helped lead the team to the state finals in 2016 and semifinals three straight years (2013-2015). In 2015 she was named first team All-State. Serving as a captain her senior year, she earned first team All-Divison honors and earned a selection to the conference All-Tournament team. She finished the 2016 season as the leading scorer in Rhode Island, and amassed 62 goals with 47 assists in her career.

O’Donnell led Governor Livingston in goals and assists while serving as team captain for the past two seasons. In 2016, she was voted first team All-County and first team All-Conference. O’Donnell has also served as a captain for her club team, Rapid Fire Elite, for the past two seasons.

Skumurski was a three-year varsity letterwinner at Niskayuna, where she was a Section 2 first team selection in 2016. She was also a member of the USA Field Hockey’s Futures Program, where she attended the National Futures Championship in 2014 and 2015. Skumurski was a Futures Elite Program participant in 2015, and a two-time silver medalist at the AAU Junior Olympics in 2014 and 2015. She was selected as a New York State Scholar Athlete in 2014 and 2015, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Venezia played four seasons of varsity field hockey at Watertown under head coach Eileen Donahue, and also played with the Wizard’s Field Hockey Club under head coach Sue Caples. She helped lead the program to four state championships with an overall record of 91-0 over four seasons. The team also broke the national undefeated record, and the record for consecutive wins. Venezia was a Middlesex League All-Star and was named to the Massachusetts Best of 60 All-Star game. She was also selected to USA Field Hockey’s National Futures Championship twice. Venezia is a member of the National Honor Society Cum Laude.

Weber was a four-year varsity member of the St. Joseph’s field hockey program, where she served as a captain her senior year. She helped lead the team to a state championship as a senior, and was named Metro Women’s Athletics Association Player of the Year. Weber was also a first team All-Conference selection as a freshman and a sophomore. She was named third team All-Metro as a freshman, and participated in the senior All-Star game.

The Crusaders finished their 2016 season with a 9-10 overall record and a 3-3 mark in Patriot League play. Holy Cross made its first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament since the 2006 season.

HOLY CROSS FIELD HOCKEY NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES
Name Pos. Ht.    Hometown / High School
Emily Devine M/D 5-7 Lexington, Mass. / Lexington
Minke Koomen M/D 5-5 Velp, Netherlands / Stedelijk Gymnasium Arnhem
Courtney McMullen M 5-7 East Greenwich, R.I. / East Greenwich
Kate O'Donnell M/D 5-7 Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston
Emma Skumurski GK 5-7 Niskayuna, N.Y. / Niskayuna
Olivia Venezia D 5-5 Watertown, Mass. / Watertown
Kristen Weber M 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. / St. Joseph's

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