June 15, 2012
OXFORD, Ohio - In concurrence with the visits to the Miami University campus by incoming freshmen between now and June 28 for the 16 sessions of Summer Orientation, MURedHawks.com has been introducing the 25 freshmen that will be joining the football team this fall. With several other fall sports welcoming new athletes as well, here is a look at nine of the incoming field hockey freshmen that will be joining the RedHawks in the fall.
For extensive previews of each of these athletes, check out the links above, which feature quotes from head coach Iñako Puzo, the assistant coach who helped recruit her, the parents, the high school coaches and the student-athletes themselves.
Making up the class of 2016 for field hockey are Angela Amon (Louisville, Ky./Assumption), Camerin Colby (Downington, Pa./Downington West), Kasey Hess (Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra), Lizi Kuhl (Louisville, Ky./Assumption), Jenna Mengle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland), Pauline Shih (Clarksville, Md./River Hill), Demi Wideman (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne Oak Hill) and Sarah Scott Worth (Raleigh, N.C./Saint Mary’s). They join Anna McQuaid (Easton, Md./Saints Peter & Paul), who enrolled at Miami in January, and was able to participate in the RedHawks’ spring exhibition games.
Amon was a three-year letterwinner as a forward for Assumption High School. That is the same high school that produced former RedHawk stars Katie and Christine Brightwell, and features fellow RedHawk recruit Lizi Kuhl. Amon helped the team to the 2009 Kentucky State Championship as a sophomore and to a state runner-up finish in 2010. She was named an All-Star in both 2010 and 2011, and was a Miss Field Hockey of Kentucky nominee as a senior after scoring 32 goals in 2011.
Colby was a three-year letterwinner as a back and midfielder for Downington West High School. She missed her entire senior season with an injury. Prior to getting hurt, she led the Whippets to the Ches-Mont League Championship in 2009 and 2010. She was named All-Region honorable mention after her junior season. In the summer of 2011, she participated in the Disney Showcase, leading the X-Calibur club team to the gold medal.
Hess was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder for Palmyra High School. She recorded 19 goals and 10 assists during her varsity career, and was named Second Team All-State in 2010 and 2011. She led the team to the PIAA State Quarterfinals as a junior and 2010 and all the way to the semifinals as a senior in 2011. She earned a spot on the Mid-Penn All Star team in both 2010 and 2011.
Kuhl, like Amon, was a four-year letterwinner as both a midfielder and a back for Assumption High School. She helped lead the Rockets to the Kentucky State Championship as a sophomore in 2009 and to a runner-up finish as a junior in 2010. She earned First Team All-State Tournament status in 2009 and was named to the Kentucky Select First Team in 2010. In 2011, she was named to the Kentucky Select Second Team and to the Senior All-Star Team.
McQuaid was a four-year varsity player at Saints Peter & Paul, and led the team to the ESIAC Championship as a senior. She was selected to the Maryland Senior All-Star game and was named a Second Team All-American. She has been a member of the United States Field Hockey Association's Futures Program the past five years. This past summer McQuaid was able to participate in the U19 National Futures Championship.
Mengle was a three-year letterwinner for Cumberland Valley High School, where she played forward, midfield and defense. She was the first person in team history to serve as team captain in both her junior and senior years. As a senior in 2011, she scored 20 goals and had three assists, while leading the Eagles to the District Tournament. Mengle was named to the Mid Penn All Star First Team, and got to participate in the All Star game. A strong student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and has been on the honor roll all four years of high school.
Shih was a three-year letterwinner as a midfielder for River Hill High School. In 2010, she led the Hawks to the Maryland 3A State Championship and was selected First Team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun. She was named First Team All-Howard County each of the past two seasons. As a senior in 2011, she scored five goals and had five assists, and was selected to participate in the Senior Maryland All-Star Game. A strong student, she was a member of the National Honor Society and on the honor roll all four years at River Hill.
Wideman was a four-year letterwinner for Villa Duchesne Oak Hill High School as a midfielder. As a four-year starter, she had six career goals, including three game winners, along with eight assists. As a senior in 2011, she led the Saints to a 16-0 season and a number two national ranking. Wideman was a 2011 High All-American nominee and was selected to USA Field Hockey’s National Futures championship team each of the past two years. Miami athletics is a big part of the Wideman family, as her two older brothers Chris and Alex play ice hockey for the RedHawks.
Worth was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder and a forward for Saint Mary’s in Raleigh, N.C. She led the team in assists during her sophomore and junior seasons, and served as the team captain in 2011 as a senior. She was a 2011 All-Conference selection and was chosen to play in the 2011 North Carolina All-Star game. Worth played her club field hockey for the North Carolina Tar Devils, and led them in scoring during the indoor season in 2011.
The 2012 Miami field hockey team will report for preseason camp in early August. After an exhibition game at Indiana on Aug. 19, the RedHawks open their season in Louisville on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. in the Cardinal Classic Tournament against Northwestern.