July 31, 2014
SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State University field hockey head coach Gabby Gomez Sosa announced the addition of seven new student-athletes for the 2014 season on Thursday, July 31. The list includes six freshmen and one transfer.
Daelynn DeMello, F, Monument, Colo. (Palmer Ridge HS)
A dominant offensive force, Demello led all Colorado prep players in goals (22), assists (22) and points (66). She was named the Colorado Field Hockey Player of the Year by The Gazette in Colorado Springs and her offensive performance ranked her 12th in the nation in goals, fifth in assists and sixth in points. Demello was a two-time letterwinner for head coach Paul Lewis at Palmer Ridge and helped the Bears to a 12-5 overall record and a fourth-place finish at state as a senior in 2013. She was a two-time all-state selection, with first-team honors in 2013. Demello finished her prep career with 41 goals and gathered 48 assists for a total of 130 points. She also competed in track for four years at Palmer Ridge, participating in individual sprint and team relay events.
Gomez Sosa's Take
"Daelynn will be a great asset up front. She is fast on the field, makes defenders work to tackle her, knows how to score goals and assists her teammates. She has what it takes to continue improving and get to the next level."
Lauren Fawke, M, Cheltenham, England (Pate's Grammar School/Cheltenham Hockey Club)
Fawke, the younger sister of Missouri State men's soccer student-athlete James Fawke, comes to MSU after spending her high school career at Pate's Grammar School in Cheltenham. Last year, Fawke helped lead her Cheltenham Hockey Club team to a first-place finish at the Cheltenham Ladies College Invitational Hockey Preseason Tournament. As a 15-year-old in 2010, she debuted for the Pate's Grammar U18 hockey team and played against competition that was largely three years her senior. That same year, she was selected to join the U16 field hockey team in the National Schools Tournament, and helped her squad achieve an appearance in the semifinals. Fawke also enjoyed six unbeaten seasons with Pate's Grammar School from ages 12-18.
Gomez Sosa's Take
"Lauren is very fit and will simply help with her intensity and speed. She's a midfielder with great vision and is skilled at setting up plays. She's part of an incoming freshman class that will bring continuity and help us get more scoring opportunities." Bianca Mills, M, Huntington Beach, Calif. (Edison HS)
Mills played field hockey for head coach Becca Antongiorgi at Edison High School the last three seasons and was team captain as a senior in 2013. Mills was named Edison's most valuable midfielder last season, while leading Edison with 13 assists and scoring a second team-best 19 goals. Those achievements helped cap a stellar senior campaign, which helped earn her a spot on the Sunset League first team. Mills also placed second among Chargers in assists as a junior with five and scored six times. Mills served as a varsity captain during her junior season and was named the league's most valuable midfielder. Gomez Sosa's Take
"Bianca has an ability to solidly hit the hockey ball, and knows where her open teammates are on the field. She has good hand-eye coordination, which helps her move well with the ball. She'll help the team improve."
Cami Mullins, M/F, Worthington, Ohio (Thomas Worthington HS/Robert Morris University)
A transfer from Robert Morris, Mullins will provide collegiate experience at the midfield position for Gomez Sosa's Bears in 2014. The native of Worthington, Ohio, spent the last two years playing for the Robert Morris Colonials and head coach Olivia Netzla in Moon Township, Pa., and helped lead the school to a spot in the MAAC tournament in 2013. As a freshman, she scored one goal and placed eight shots on goal. She played her high school field hockey at Thomas Worthington High School and helped the squad achieve a 69-7-5 record in four seasons, with only one home loss. Mullins will be immediately eligible to play, as Robert Morris announced in December that it would cut field hockey and six sports at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Affected student-athletes from those sports who transfer to other schools will not have to sit out a season.
Gomez Sosa's Take
"Cami is very fit and will slide into our rotation at midfield or forward. She's an aggressive player who will help solidify our midfield position."
Paige Pashea, D, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Pashea was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the Edwardsville High School Tigers. She helped lead a resurgent squad to a 17-5 record in 2013, just two seasons after going 3-15 overall. Pashea was a varsity captain as a senior in 2013 and was named the MVP of the Tigers defense twice. Her team also placed first in the Gateway Classic Tournament. A strong student, Pashea was on her high school's honor roll and was a member of National Honor Society.
Gomez Sosa's Take
"Paige plays midfield and forward, is very fit and works hard both on and off the ball. She can make important tackles at the right time and knows how to get the ball into the circle to create a shot at the goal. Her ability to set up teammates to score goals will make her a good player on this team."
Amy Reid, M, Davis, Calif. (Davis Senior HS)
Reid brings international experience to the Bears in 2014, as she has played field hockey in Saint Andrews, Scotland, and Davis Senior High School in Davis, Calif. Reid was a one-year varsity field hockey starter and letterwinner for Davis in 2013 and scored nine goals. The midfielder was part of a Davis squad that dominated its competition to the tune of a 30-3 record in 2013 and claimed the Eastern Athletic League postseason tournament title. Davis was 12-2 in league play and took second place to Chico High School during the regular season. The Davis Mad Cows club team earned third place in the 2013 California Cup tournament. Prior to Davis, Reid played two seasons for the Stanford Lightning field hockey club team in Scotland from 2012-13 Reid began her prep career as a captain of the Madras College team in Scotland, and was named the most improved player for the Dundee Wanderers women's field hockey club in 2011.
Gomez Sosa's Take
"Amy is a midfielder who has good stick skills and has the ability to see open spaces to make good passes to her teammates. She's also a strong tackler and will help strengthen the midfield."
Andrea Soler Codina, M/F, Terrassa, Spain (Tecnos School)
Soler Codina attended Tecnos School in Terrassa, Spain, and was a member of Atletic Terrassa Hockey Club. She started for four years as a member of her school team and helped guide the squad to three conference championships. Her club team finished fourth this past season and in April, Soler Codina was selected and competed in a camp for Spain's U18 national team, which she has made several appearances.
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