DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, 23rd-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, announced that Katie Lawson (Bow, N.H.), Brittany Marshall (Hopkinton, N.H.) and Taylor Scafidi (Waltham, Mass.) have enrolled at the University for the Fall 2014 semester and will join the UNH field hockey program for the '14 season.
"We are very excited about Katie, Britt and Taylor joining our program," said Balducci, who has led UNH to four consecutive America East Coaching Staff of the Year awards. "They will add a level of speed and athleticism to our group and we look forward to them adding depth to our 2014 season."
Lawson is a 5-foot-2 midfielder from Bow High School who was a Division II All-State First Team selection as a senior in 2013. She was also a Twin State honoree and recipient of the Bow Field Hockey Falcon Award, which is based on leadership, sportsmanship, work ethic and success on the field. In 2012, Lawson was named All-State Second Team. Lawson also played two years at Bishop Brady High School before attending Bow.
Lawson also plays for the New England Hockeymates club under the direction of former UNH head coach Marisa Didio and was a member of the program's Disney Team each of the past three years.
Marshall, a 5-9 midfield/forward, was an All-State First Team selection as a sophomore, junior and senior at Hopkinton Middle High School, where she also lettered in basketball and outdoor track & field. She was also named the Hawks' field hockey MVP three times (2011-12-13) and to the Twin State Team as a senior, when she recorded 23 goals and 19 assists. Marshall tallied four-year totals of 77 goals and 49 assists and that included 26g, 15a as a sophomore in 2011.
Marshall is a teammate of Lawson on the New England Hockeymates club team.
Scafidi is a 5-2 forward out of Waltham High School, where she lettered in field hockey, ice hockey and softball. She has also played in the USA Field Hockey Futures program. Scafidi earned conference all-star honors as a sophomore, junior and senior on the Hawks' field hockey team. She has also been a three-time conference all-star in softball (freshman, sophomore, junior) and an ice hockey all-star (senior).
Scafidi captained all three teams as a junior and senior. She recorded 16 goals and six assists as a senior in field hockey and was honored as a New England Premier Field Hockey All-Star and Best of 60 All-Star. She was also a NE Premier Field Hockey All-Star and Elite Field Hockey All-Star as a junior in 2012.
These three student-athletes join the incoming class of Ashley Mendonca (Brampton, Ontario) and Jessica Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.).
UNH ended the 2013 season ranked No. 16 in the nation and captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in four years.
The Wildcats also won the America East Championship title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. UNH finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record to mark the fifth highest win total in the program's 39-year history.