COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The highly-successful Maryland field hockey program will welcome four top players this summer as part of Maryland's class of 2018. Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, Pa.), Skye Joegriner (Gaithersburg, Md.), Taylor Mason (Doylestown, Md.) and Reece Spann (Baltimore, Md.) signed on to enroll in the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018, head coach Missy Meharg and her staff announced this week.
Doylestown, PA ● Central Bucks East
About Donnelly: Four-year letterwinner in field hockey and two in lacrosse…named to Max Field Hockey All-America Watch List and to Class of 2018 Top 50…earned NFHCA High School All-America First Team honors...named to NFHCA All-Region Team, Max Field Hockey All PA/NJ Region team in 2016 and 2017…First Team All-Area and First Team All-Suburban One in all four years of her career…team’s leading scorer every season as well…named team MVP as sophomore, junior, senior helped team to SOL championship in 2016 and 2017…was leading scorer of SOL Continental…served as team captain in junior and senior seasons…named Intelligencer Pre-Season Player to Watch…reached 100-goal mark in both field hockey and lacrosse…earned Philadelphia Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week honor…named an Intelligencer Pre-Season Player to Watch…earned First Team All-Suburban One and First Team All-Area honors in sophomore and junior seasons in lacrosse…was named team Rookie of the Year for lacrosse in 2015 and Team MVP in 2016…played for WC Eagles club…named to 2017 STX Select Game, Junior National Camp, Stars and Stripes Game, 2017-2018 Unser-19 Junior National Team Ireland Tour…Selected for Junior Olympics in 2015 and 2016…competed in National Futures Championship all four years…team finished second at Festival twice and won three NIT titles…Under-16 Disney Showcase Champion…on US Women’s Indoor Team since 2015… started for first-place Rohrmax Cup team in Austria…was an alternate for PanAm Games in 2017 and South Africa tour in 2016.
Meharg on Donnelly: "Riley is a dynamic, intelligent and versatile midfielder. As a present member of our USA Under 19 National Team, Riley is gaining valuable growth and hockey IQ through national and international competition. As a young member of our US Indoor squad Riley, has developed quick hands and a strong drag flick. As a bioengineering major, Riley has been admitted as a Scholars student in Maryland's Science and Global Change Program.”
Donnelly on Maryland: “Maryland has a culture associated with it that makes you proud to be a Terp, whether you are a student or a student-athlete. The field hockey team is a huge family. In addition, it has an outstanding engineering program that I hope to participate in.”
Michelle Finegan, FSC Director, on Donnelly: “Riley is a true competitor who demonstrates daily what a strong work ethic, dedication, commitment and passion for the game can bring to a team. I’m excited to watch her continued success at the University of Maryland with their historically competitive program and coaching staff.”
Gaithersburg, MD • Quince Orchard
About Joegriner: Goalkeeper at Quince Orchard for three years…recorded a 91 percent save percentage and 0.69 goals against average as a junior, then an 87 percent save percentage and 1.06 goals against average as a senior…named a Second Team Washington Post All-Met as a senior in 2017 and honorable mention in 2016…earned First Team Coaches’ All-County Field Hockey as a junior and senior…team won division title in 2016….named a Quince Orchard Scholar Athlete in sophomore, junior, senior years…plays for Washington Wolves club…competed in National Club Championships in 2017…team won their pool and finished third overall in Regional Club Championships in 2017…team won Keystone Games U19 title in 2017.
Meharg on Joegriner: “Skye is one of Maryland's most talented and promising young goalkeepers. She represented our region last year for the US National Futures Tournament and has been a dominant keeper for the oldest Maryland-based hockey club, Washington Wolves. Skye is technically strong and is tactically always looking to grow her game. We look forward for Skye joining present Terp goalkeepers Noelle Frost and Sarah Holliday, who also played for the Washington Wolves.”
Joegriner on Maryland: “I’ve known for the longest time that I wanted to go to University of Maryland. When I started playing field hockey my freshman year of high school, I did a Maryland field hockey camp that summer. From that moment forward, I knew I just had to play field hockey at Maryland. Just seeing how incredibly talented the girls on the team were and how fast the game was at the next level made me want to be a part of that more than anything. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to play the sport I love at my dream school.”
Joann Engestrom, Washington Wolves Director, on Joegriner: "Skye is dynamic in the circle and makes big-time saves. Her love for the game shows on her sleeve. I am so excited to see Skye reach her potential at Maryland.”
Doylestown, PA • Central Bucks West
About Mason: Played four years of varsity field hockey at Central Bucks West…scored 75 career goals, 33 assists and four defensive saves in her career…notched 27 goals and 20 assists as a senior…named Most Improved as a sophomore and team MVP as a senior…helped team to Suburban One league title in 2015 as a sophomore…earned Golden Stick Award for most goals scored in 2017…named First Team All-State in 2016 and 2017…named First Team All-Region as a senior…earned First Team All-League honors as a sophomore, junior, senior and Third Team honors as a freshman…member of US Under-19 Indoor Team… selected to 2017 U-17 Ireland tour and 2017 Senior Game…selected to Junior Olympics in 2015…team won NFC title in 2016 and 2017…STX Select Champions in 2016.
Meharg on Mason: “Taylor is an exciting hockey player with an enormous ceiling for growth. Her reach is a threat, as she is close to 6-feet tall. Maryland's strength and conditioning staff awaits Taylor. As a 2017 US Under 17 National Team member, Taylor trained as a defender. A born and bred attacker, this opportunity was solid for her growth. Taylor's enthusiastic character, natural charisma and Terp attitude is contagious."
Mason on Maryland: “I chose Maryland because from the minute I took my visit, I got that feeling I didn’t get with any other schools. I just knew. Then after that everything else fell into place, the academics, the coaches, the team, it just felt like home. Maryland is where I can envision myself, and it’s where I felt I could get the best college experience.”
Michelle Finegan, FSC Director, on Mason: “Taylor is a catalyst that can carry a team to their greatest potential. Her ability to take her game to another level and use her speed, strength, skill and competitiveness to rally her team is impressive. Taylor’s athleticism combined with her passion for the game and intensity will be fun to watch at the University of Maryland."
Baltimore, MD • Dulaney
About Spann: Four-year varsity starter… team won Baltimore County championship in 2017 and three straight regional titles in 2015, 2016, 2017…team was a state finalist in 2017…earned First Team All-Baltimore County honors in 2017…named a Baltimore County Senior All-Star, Maryland Senior All-Star and Second Team All-State as a senior in 2017..ran indoor and outdoor track…played for Freedom Hockey Club…finished first in 2017 U19 National Indoor Tournament Pool…finished in second place at 2017 U19 Junior Premier Indoor League and U19 Regional Club Championships Region 7 finished top 10 at 2017 U19 National Club Championship and first at 2018 U19 National Indoor Tournament Pool…ran indoor and outdoor track…finished fourth in the 4x400m at Regional Championships in 2018
Meharg on Spann: “Reece is a native Marylander and motivated student-athlete. She is naturally gritty with a full range of hockey skill sets. Reece is a big student of the game and has the potential to serve the team in a variety of positions. Reece loves the goal lines. She scores goals and makes field player saves. This is exciting.
One might call Reece a legacy Terp. Her grandfather, William Crawford Spann, was Assistant Director of Admissions moving to Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning from 1967 to 2006.”
Spann on Maryland: “Maryland is the perfect combination of wonderful academic opportunities and an amazing field hockey program. Its proximity to both the State and Federal governments gives me great potential internship opportunities as well.”
Sarah Dawson, Director of Freedom Hockey Club, on Spann: "Reece has been a joy to coach. She is a true student of the game who loves hockey and wants to continue growing her game. She can play any position on the field and always gives 100 percent.”