HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Kohli has announced the signing of Kristin Engelke (Medford, N.J.) and Jill-Marie Squires (St. Michael, Barbardos) to National Letters of Intent. The two midfielders will join the Bobcats for the 2009 season.
Engelke comes to Quinnipiac from Shawnee High School where she was a three-year varsity starter. As a sophomore, Engelke was part of the Shawnee lineup that won the 2007 New Jersey State Championship after also capturing the Tournament of Champions crown, and the division and conference championships. Last season, Engelke scored 11 goals while also assisting on nine more. She was a member of the Spirit Eagles club field hockey team as well as the elite Futures field hockey select program. A track letterwinner, Engelke was a member of the National Honor Society. She plans on majoring in business at Quinnipiac.
"We found Kristin Engelke at the Regional Rumble in Virginia Beach and we liked her style the moment we saw her touch the ball," Kohli said. "Kristin is very fast and efficient on the field and her midfield skills will make her a possible starter from the moment she sets foot on campus. She is a very dynamic, versatile player who could find herself playing several different positions for us."
Squires comes to Hamden from the Christ Church Foundation in St. Michael, Barbados. Squires was part of the four-time league champion Empire Hockey Club. In 2006 and 2007, Squires led the team in goals and assists, respectively, helping her team to two National Championships. As a junior and a senior, Squires was a Junior National selection, included a selection to the Trinidad & Tabago national team in 2007. A defense and midfield prospect, Squires will major in finance and accounting at Quinnipiac.
"Jill-Marie will be a wonderful addition to our team," Kohli said. "She has a very poised and comfortable ability with the ball and her distribution skills are the reason we wanted to make her a part of our program. She brings an international style of play and we will look to her to maintain our backfield while also initiating our attack transition."