Field Hockey Bears Ink Three Recruits for 2010 Season



SPRINGFIELD - The field hockey Bears have received National Letters of Intent from three high school students who have committed to play field hockey at Missouri State for the upcoming season. The 2010 recruiting class is a skilled group that will help the Bears compete in the tough Mid-American Conference.

"We are very excited about these three ladies joining our program," head coach Dawn Callahan said. "They bring a high level of athleticism and solid basics. They also have a great sense of the game, and we look for them to make an immediate impact for us."

The Field Hockey Bears Three Commitments:

Hillary Lawless - Forward - Wildwood, Mo. - Lafayette High School

Hillary Lawless is a talented offensive player who will be the latest in a long line of successful field hockey Bears to come from Lafayette High School. A two-sport athlete, Lawless was a four-year letterwinner in both field hockey and lacrosse. Her senior season, she led the Lafayette Lancers to a 19-4 overall record and finished with 31 points, earning first-team all-conference as well as third-team all-metro recognitions along the way. Lawless also helped Lafayette win three-straight St. Louis public school championships and was a standout for the Team Gateway St. Louis Club Field Hockey team coached by Missouri State Athletics Hall of Famer Kelly Stuckel-Yates. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Tom Lawless, a former Major League Baseball player who spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. Her older sister Samantha played field hockey at Robert Morris from 2005-2008.

Catrina Schmidt - Forward/Midfielder - St. Louis, Mo. - Cor Jesu Academy

Catrina Schmidt, joining the Bears from field hockey power Cor Jesu Academy, is a versatile player and will see time both at the forward and midfielder positions. The St. Louis native played field hockey, soccer and basketball at Cor Jesu, earning six total letters, and leading her field hockey team to two-straight state tournament final fours. As a senior, she was a first-team all-conference and a second-team all-metro honoree after being named an all-metro honorable mention as a junior. In addition to her school play, Schmidt excelled on her Aim Club Field Hockey team. She is the daughter of Steven and Catherine Schmidt.

Laura Tavares - Midfielder - Oakville, Ontario, Canada - St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Laura Tavares is an athletic midfielder who will contribute on both ends of the field for the Bears. A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain, Tavares led her team to a combined 21-2-1 record her junior and senior seasons, with a first- and second-place conference finish, respectively. After being named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2008, she was named to her division's Varsity All-Star Game in 2009. Outside of St. Thomas Aquinas, Tavares represented her area as a three-year member of the Ontario Provincial team, while also seeing time with the Saskatchewan Provincial team. She is the daughter of Joe and Barb Tavares. She has a sister, Barbara, and her brother, John, was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, going to the New York Islanders.    



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