Thursday, June 3, 2010

UAlbany Field Hockey Coach Phil Sykes Announces Three Student-Athletes Have Signed For 2010

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany head field hockey coach Phil Sykes announced today that three student-athletes have signed for the 2010-11 academic year. Corrine McConville, Samantha Rimback and Daphne Voormolen have all signed National Letters of Intent.

McConville will be the fourth member of the UAlbany squad from Lehighton High School in Pennsylvania. McConville was the Mountain Valley Conference's Most Valuable Player in 2009 after leading the Indians to the conference, district and state championships. Lehighton claimed the conference and district titles three out of McConville's four years on the team, and the midfielder earned all-conference first-team honors in each of those three seasons. A two-time all-state first-team member and was an all-region selection as a junior and senior, she earned All-America status in 2009. A two-time team MVP, McConville was the Times News Player of the Year as a senior and was also a player of the week for two local news organizations.

Rimback, a goalkeeper from Washington, N.J. was a three-year letterwinner at Warren Hills High School. She helped lead the Streaks to their first Tri-County Tournament title and the first Skylands Conference championship since 2001. Rimback was a member of the 2009 squad that won the New Jersey Group III North II sectional title after posting a record-breaking 22-win season. As a senior, Rimback made 16 saves in the Streaks' first New Jersey State Final appearance since 2003. Rimback recorded 338 career saves with an .820 save percentage. She was an all-conference first-team selection, as well as earning All-West Jersey and North Jersey second-team accolades. Rimback, who was also a member of the Edge Field Hockey Club, where she won a National Indoor Tournament Title, was an All-Warren County honoree and was named to the All-Group III Third Team.

Voormolen is a forward from Rotterdam, Netherlands. She has been a member of Rotterdam's top club level team the past three years and has helped guide her squad to three straight national championships, including the 2007-08 finals. From 2004-07, Voormolen was a member of Rotterdam's second team, which won both an indoor and outdoor championships. Voormolen, who has been playing field hockey since the age of nine, accompanied her team on a training trip to Madrid, Spain, in February 2010.

"We are very excited about our 2010 incoming class," said head coach Phil Sykes, who has led UAlbany to back-to-back America East Conference regular-season titles. "We are returning a very seasoned team and this class will add a great deal to it. Our offense and midfield will get a nice boost of speed, goal scoring ability and dynamic skills. And our defense will add some quality goalkeeping depth. This coming season looks very promising."

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

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