OXFORD, Ohio - Last Wednesday, the Miami University field hockey team announced the six recruits that will be joining the team on the field this fall. Today, in the first of a three-article series, MURedHawks.com looks at two of the new RedHawks, Colby Hussong (Pennington, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South) and Jenna Kapsar (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove).
Colby Hussong (Pennington, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South)
Hussong was a four-year letterwinner as a midfielder and forward for West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. She also played for the Jersey Intensity Club. Hussong was named Trentonian Player of the Year as a senior in 2012, and was also invited to participate in the Central Jersey Senior All-Star Game. She led her school to the Colonial Valley Conference/Patriot Division regular season championship each of the past four seasons. Her mother Lori is the head field hockey coach at Rider University, while her father Dan is the top assistant.
"I chose Miami because it is a perfect fit for me both athletically and academically," said Hussong. "I love the coaching staff and team, as well as the beautiful campus in Oxford."
"Colby is a very talented player with very good hands," said head coach Iñako Puzo. "The most impressive thing is her vision and understanding of the game. Colby is the kind of player who makes things look very easy on the field. She is a person who can make a big impact on this team right away. Her commitment to being on top of her game has always been impressive."
Her mother Lori had two major reasons she was excited that her daughter chose the RedHawks.
"We are very proud and excited that Colby has chosen Miami to continue her field hockey career," said Lori Hussong. "During her college search it was important for Colby to be able to choose a school that equally met her academic needs as well as her field hockey needs and we feel that she has found the perfect fit at Miami. She really enjoyed Coach Puzo's positive and enthusiastic style of coaching and loved the warm family atmosphere amongst the team. We feel Colby will have the best of both worlds as Coach Puzo and his staff will help Colby continue to develop her game and she will have the opportunity to learn and be a part of one of the best business schools in the country."
Her coach at West Windsor-Plainsboro, Christine Cabarle, believes that her ability to be a great teammate will be a strong asset at Miami.
"Colby is an outstanding field hockey player," said Cabarle. "The prettiest part of Colby's game is her unselfish play. She sets up her teammates for success but can also take over a game. We are looking forward to the success she will have playing at the next level."
Jenna Kapsar (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove)
Kapsar was a three-year letterwinner as a midfielder and back at Selinsgrove High School. That is the same high school that Coach Puzo's wife, former United States Olympic Team member Keli Puzo attended. She also played for the PA Power club team. Kapsar was named First-Team All-State as a senior in 2012 after being named to the second team as a junior in 2011. She helped the Seals to Pennsylvania State Quarterfinal appearances in 2010 and 2012, a semifinal appearance in 2011 and a State Runner-up finish in 2009. A strong student, Kapsar was named to the All-State All-Academic Team.
"I chose Miami because of its strong academics and athletics, and its homey, college town feel," said Kapsar. "From the minute I walked on campus I knew it was the right fit for me."
"Jenna is a good combination of basic skills, good physicality and a smart player," commented Puzo. "She is always very composed with the ball and she knows she has the skills and fitness to execute the plays. On top of that Jenna is very passionate about the sport. She comes from a high school with a lot of tradition. We're looking forward to having her on campus."
Jenna's mother Beth was just as confident as her daughter that they had made the right choice in her school to attend.
"Miami is the perfect fit for Jenna," said Beth Kapsar. "We knew it was right the second we stepped foot on campus. Everything fell into place from there: the team, coaches and academics are well suited for Jenna. We look forward to watching her play at the next level. We know she will continue to develop and mature as an athlete playing for Iñako as well as getting a top-notch education that will benefit her for the rest of her life."
Cathy Keiser, Selinsgrove's head coach for nearly 30 years, is one of only 19 high school coaches in the country to reach 500 victories. During her career, she also coached Keli Puzo, and sees a lot of potential in Kapsar.
"Jenna is a very special young lady," said Keiser. "She is kind, caring, understanding, sincere and one of the most thoughtful young athletes I have ever coached. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and was a remarkable leader for our team this past season. She led by example both on and off the field and always maintained a very positive attitude."
Check back on Wednesday when Grace Leeker (St. Louis, Mo./ Villa Duchesne) and Kate McLaughlin (Chester Springs, Pa./ Downingtown East) will be profiled.