OXFORD, Ohio - On Feb. 6, the Miami University field hockey team announced the six recruits that will be joining the team on the field this fall. Today (Feb. 15), in the finale of a three-article series, MURedHawks.com looks at two of the new RedHawks, Geagy Pritchard (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) and Kelsi White (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual).
Geagy Pritchard (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School)
Pritchard was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder/forward for Garrison Forest School. She led the team to a 21-0 record as a senior, and to IAAM conference titles each of the past three seasons. She also played for the TNT Club. Pritchard was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region team in 2012, and also participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Games, where she earned a silver medal.
"I chose Miami because I love the coaches, the school and my new teammates," said Pritchard. "I am very blessed and excited to be playing for Miami next fall."
"Geagy is explosive and fast, and she creates a lot of trouble in our attacking 25," said Miami field hockey head coach Iñako Puzo. "She can play close to the sidelines or through the center of the field without any problems. Geagy is very dangerous when she is in the attacking circle. She is a forward who does what she is supposed to do, and that is score goals."
Pritchard's father Marc quoted several factors that made the RedHawks the right place for his daughter.
"Miami is such an outstanding school for academics and sports, and we are thrilled that Geagy will be part of it," said Marc Pritchard. "We felt welcome to the Miami community instantly, and feel that it is a perfect fit for Geagy in terms of size, academic challenge, social opportunities and field hockey competition. We are looking forward to seeing Geagy's field hockey skills move to the next level and we know that Miami's excellent coaching and philosophy will build her capabilities on and off the field for years to come."
One person who has seen Geagy's growth in hockey has been her coach, Traci Davis. Davis, who earned All-American honors during her playing days, is excited to see Pritchard's continued growth at Miami.
"Geagy has been a four-year starter for our team," said Davis. "She has played forward and midfield and been a valuable contributor wherever she plays. She is capable of changing the momentum of a game. She's versatile, quick and relentless. Geagy wants to be involved in the play wherever the ball is. She is our speedy flier on defensive corners as well as a scoring threat on our offensive corners. She loves the game and is looking forward to playing at the next level at Miami!"
Kelsi White (Louisville, Ky./Dupont Manual)
White was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder and back for Dupont Manual High School. She led the Crimsons to a Kentucky State Championship as a junior in 2011, and a state semifinal appearance as a senior in 2012. She was selected the State Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and was a finalist for State Student-Athlete of the Year. White was named Second-Team All-State as a senior after earning First-Team All-State honors the season before. She also played for the IFHCK Club. An accomplished student, White was named an AP Scholar with Distinction, and will be in the Honors Program at Miami.
"With Miami, I get everything I was looking for when searching for a college: a beautiful campus, demanding academics, an impressive team, and a welcoming environment," said White.
"Kelsi is a very creative player," said Puzo. "She can handle the different phases of the game and the different game styles. She will have a huge impact on games from the midfield and backline. Her passing is efficient and will translate into very smart play. On top of that we are talking about a natural leader. I have high expectations for her."
White's father Byron explained that his daughter has wanted to attend Miami for a long time.
"Kelsi fell in love with Miami one block into the campus during her freshman year of high school, and her desire to attend has only strengthened as she has learned more about the academic and sports opportunities," said Byron White. "As a parent, I am thrilled with the reputation that Miami holds as one of the top teaching universities for undergraduate students in the United States and believe that the education that Miami will provide and the discipline of playing Division I sports will serve her well in preparing for her future. We are honored that Coach Puzo has offered Kelsi this opportunity."
Having played for the International Field Hockey Club of Kentucky for several years, the director of the program, Yasser Khan-Hayat, believes White is ready to accomplish big things for the RedHawks.
"Kelsi is a leading defensive and midfield player for IFHCK Elite Club squad," said Khan-Hayat. "She has played the sport at the highest level with the USA National Futures program, National Club Championship, National Hockey Festival, Disney Showcase, National Indoor Tournament and many regional and national tournaments. Kelsi shared her passion, journey, cut-above winning attitude, hard work, perseverance, deep commitment, loyalty, mentorship and leadership with her whole club membership. I'm ecstatic for Kelsi and her future journey on the RedHawk squad!"