Field Hockey Welcomes Four Signees

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The highly-successful Maryland field hockey program welcomed four of the nation's best high school players this week as part of National Signing Day. Carrie Hanks, Layne Litsinger, Moira Putsch and Maddy Ulery all signed on to play for the Terrapins in the fall of 2014, head coach Missy Meharg and her staff announced Wednesday.

"We are honored to introduce Carrie, Layne, Moira and Maddy as students to the University of Maryland and as athletes to the friends of Maryland field hockey,” Meharg said. “On behalf of the athletic department we also welcome Judy and Eric Putsch, Susan and Paul Hanks, Beth and Scott Ulery and Pam and Bill Litsinger. We traditionally work diligently to be in position to compete for conference and national championships and these women and their families complement our goals."

Niskayuna, N.Y. • Niskayuna High School

About Hanks: Played four years of varsity at Niskayuna…team was Section II Class A finalist in freshman, sophomore and senior seasons…team was a NYS Finalist in her junior year…scored 32 goals and notched 23 assists…named to the New York All-State Team as a junior and senior…named a Section II First Team All-Star as a junior and senior and Second Team as a freshman and sophomore…also played basketball and lacrosse early in high school…played for ADK…team won its National Field Hockey Festival pool in 2012 and 2013…club ranked in top 10 of the country…on U.S. Under-17 National Squad in 2012 and Under-19 Indoor Squad in 2013.

Meharg on Hanks: "Carrie is the all-around player. Carrie competes with power, intellect and confidence. She possesses the technical hand speed, set piece skills and tactical vision similar to recent graduate and U.S. team member Ali McEvoy. Carrie is driven both in the classroom and on the field and will adapt to whatever position or role called upon. She loves to win.”

Phil and Jen Sykes, coaches of ADK Hockey Club: “It has been a pleasure to watch Carrie grow as a player and person over the years. Her field hockey IQ is very high and that’s because of her work ethic and curiosity for the game. She wanted to play with and against the best players in college. So choosing Maryland was the perfect choice.”

Hanks on Maryland: “I came to Maryland for the coaches, the program and the school spirit.”

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Whitehall, Md. • Hereford High School

About Litsinger: Played four years of varsity field hockey at Hereford High School…team went to state finals in her junior and senior seasons…team won Region in all four years…team won Baltimore County title in freshman, sophomore and junior seasons…scored 26 goals and 29 assists…named All-Baltimore County First Team, All-Metro Second Team and All-State Second Team as a senior…also played three years of lacrosse at Hereford…played junior varsity in freshman and sophomore years…was moved up to varsity as a sophomore and played varsity as a junior…part of two Baltimore County championship teams…ran indoor track as a freshman, junior and senior on the 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relays…played for TNT Field Hockey Club and Diamond Lacrosse Club…member of USA Futures program since 2009…won bronze medal in 2013 in Futures national championship and the Disney Showcase…named Wendy’s High School Heisman winner.

Meharg on Litsinger: "Layne came into our recruiting radar late last summer while playing on our campus. She is exceedingly quick, mentally responsive and adores playing the game of hockey. Layne will play in our attacking unit. Maryland is fortunate to have Layne as a student-athlete as she hails from generations of Terps.”

Barbara Becker, TNT Field Hockey Club: "Layne is one of the hardest working players I have come across. She has paid her dues in the many hours working with athletic trainers, participating in the futures programs and national travel club competitions, and flat out goal setting, goal making activities. Through the years I have watched her struggle through adversities and come out shining and even stronger than ever imaginable. She is a leader and a role model in my TNT Club and on her Hereford High School team. That girl wants to win and will give whatever it takes to get there...bottom line! A coach's dream!"

Litsinger on Maryland: “I chose Maryland for its prestigious academics along with its highly accomplished field hockey program. I am so excited to get to College Park and officially be a Terp!”

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Media, Pa. • Academy of Notre Dame

About Putsch: Played for years of varsity field hockey at the Academy of Notre Dame…team went 80-8-1 in her four years…she scored 140 goals and tallied 79 assists in her career…served as captain her senior year and scored 54 goals and notched 29 assists, both of which set school and Delaware County records…as a junior, she scored 45 goals with 25 assists…team won league championship in her freshman, junior and senior seasons…team won Pennsylvania Independent State championship in sophomore and senior seasons…named an NFHCA All-American as a junior and senior…made the NFHCA All-America First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior…also named First Team Pennsylvania All-Region, Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year and Delaware County Player of the Year in both her junior and senior seasons…named First Team All-Delaware County, First Team All Inter-Ac League, and First Team All-Main Line in all four years of her career… member of the USA Field Hockey Under-21 Team for the 2013-14 season…named to U.S. Under-19 Team for 2012-13 and competed with the U.S. in a tour of Holland…played for WC Eagles club…team won its NIT pool in 2010, 2011 and 2013…team won NCC championship in 2012 and 2013, Disney championship in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and won Festival title in 2009, 2010, 2011…won silver at the Chinese National Youth Championships.

Meharg on Putsch: "One of the most naturally talented, courageous and innovative attackers to come to College Park. Moira loves to score goals and possesses the full array of technical shots. Moira is fun loving, service-oriented, loves to laugh while outworking her opponents. Moira will receive attacking feeds from a variety of very dynamic midfielders including high school teammate, Katie Gerzabek.”

Adele Williams, High School Coach: “Moira is an extremely exciting player to watch. She has incredible speed and has a natural ability to score goals.”

Jun Kentwell, Director of Coaching WC Eagles: “Moira is a player of immense natural talent. She has been an integral part of WC Eagles growth and success over the past six years culminating in her being the high scorer on both our indoor and outdoor National Club Championship teams. Moira has the ability to change a game with her tremendous acceleration, change of pace, and change of direction, culminating in as strong shot from either side of her body. She has possibilities to be a future Olympian.”

Putsch on Maryland: “I felt as if I had always belonged here. The environment and family atmosphere made me feel like such a special place had to be for me. The field hockey program has such a tremendous reputation and the coaches and team were awesome. I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

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Davidsonville, Md. • South River High School

About Ulery: Played three years of varsity field hockey at South River…team won three straight Anne Arundel County championships…team won Class 4A State title in her junior year…team won District 5 title in her sophomore year…named to All-Country Second Team as a junior and senior…served as captain as a senior…played for Freedom Hockey Club…team won regional championship and finished 12th at nationals in 2013.

Meharg on Ulery: "A feisty, confident and aggressive attacking midfielder. Maddy has properly developed her game through her commitment to Freedom Hockey club with former U.S. players Sarah Dawson and Barb Weinberg. Maddy is extremely fit and appreciates the work that goes along with it. Maddy has evolved her game on the Maryland field from a middle school ball runner to a member of the 2014 Maryland hockey team."

Barb Weinberg, Freedom Hockey Club: "I am very excited for Maddy that she is able to fulfill her dream of playing at the University of Maryland. She is an athlete - fit, speedy, and skilled on the field. She has dynamic elimination skills that will be an attribute throughout her college career. Her hard work over the last several years has paid off and I know that she will continue to develop as a collegiate field hockey player under the tremendous staff at UMD."

Ulery on Maryland: “I wanted to play for my home state and I also love the coaches and team at Maryland. I love the campus and the big college campus feel that Maryland has. I also am glad to be close to home.”

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