DURHAM, N.H. -- Kaitlyn Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Katie White (Glens Falls, N.Y.) have signed a National Letter of Intent to play field hockey at the University of New Hampshire beginning in the fall of 2002, head coach Robin Balducci announced Friday.
"We obviously were not looking for quantity, but quality, with the graduation of just three seniors from the 2001 team," said Balducci, who is the winningest coach in UNH history with 112 victories in 11 seasons. "I feel we have accomplished that with caliber players who can step in and contribute right away."
Skelley led the Kingswood High School field hockey team to the Class I title game in 2001 and was part of the 1998 state championship team. She has competed in the USFHA National Futures Tournament each of the past three years and also competed at the USFHA National Field Hockey Festival and the Futures Elite program in those years. In addition, Skelley has competed at the Junior Olympics the past two years. Skelley has also lettered in both basketball and lacrosse at Kingswood.
"With the addition of Kaitlyn Skelley we feel that we have gotten the top New Hampshire field hockey player to stay home," Balducci said. "Her speed and level of ball control skills will allow her to jump into Division I level field hockey immediately and contribute to our midfield. Kaitlyn has put herself in that position by virtue of her involvement in the U.S. National and Developmental programs."
White led the Glens Falls High School field hockey team to three consecutive state championship games, including consecutive titles the past two years. Her most recent honors include being named to the Northern Region H.S. All-America Team and a Futures Elite selection. Last summer, White competed in both the USFHA Futures program and the National Futures Tournament. She was also on the gold-medal winning team at last year's Empire State Games.
"Katie will make an immediate impact on New Hampshire field hockey because of her athleticism and competitiveness," stated Balducci. "She has an uptempo style of play and is a scrappy playmaker. We are expecting her to be a hard-nosed player with a scoring touch."