Quinnipiac Field Hockey Announces 2014 Incoming Class

Quinnipiac University field hockey head coach Becca Main has announced the addition of eight players for the 2014 team. The incoming class includes: Sara Cook (Fairport, N.Y.), Michelle Federico (Cheshire, Conn.), Dayna Barlow (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), Lauren Belskie (Hillsborough, N.J.), Rachel Hamm (Perkiomen, Pa.), Kiera Godusky (Allentown, Pa.), Payton Mickey (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Felicia Costanzo (Lakeland, N.Y.)

Quinnipiac University Field Hockey Incoming 2014 Class

#41 Sara Cook
Fairport, N.Y.
Fairport High School
Will Major in Communications

Team/Individual Awards:
  • All-County First Team, All-State First Team, All-Greater Rochester First Team
  • Won Section V Championship and Western Regional Championship
  • Named to New York State Scholar Athlete team
  • 90 Regular-Season saves, eight shutouts
  • Red Raider Award winner: "The Red Raider Award is given to the athlete that has best demonstrated the spirit, desire, leadership, courage, and sportsmanship for that team in the particular sport."
Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Sara Cook:

"Sara has proven her commitment to goalkeeping and her dedication to becoming a Quinnipiac University Bobcat through her attendance at our clinics and camps and her senior year performance during the NY State championship finals.  We have found her to be a dynamic net minder and her focus and attention to details will bode well for her as she makes the move to division I college hockey.  Sara is a driven student in the classroom and we are excited to watch her develop within our program and at our university."

#27 Michelle Federico
Cheshire, Conn.
Cheshire High School
Undecided on Major

Team/Individual Awards:
  • NFHCA First Team National and Regional  All-American
  • Hartford (Conn.) Courant Player of the Year
  • New Haven (Conn.) Register Player of the Year
  • All-State First team
  • Cheshire High School Field Hockey P.L.A.Y.E.R. Award
  • Team Most Valuable Player
  • SCC Player of the Year
  • Earned Most Outstanding Player honors following SCC Championship Game
  • New Haven Register All-Area MVP
  • Class L Player of the Game
  • CHSCA Player of the Year
  • First Team National All-American
  • Class-L Championship Runner-up
  • Won Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) Regular-Season Championship
  • Won SCC Tournament Championship
  • All-SCC First team
  • Goals Scored: 20
  • Assists: 13
Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Michelle Federico:

"As the most decorated player in our 2014 recruiting class, Michelle Federico brings accolades that include NFHCA National 1st Team All American and Connecticut State High School Player of the Year. Coached by Bobcat Alumnus, Eileen Gallagher, Michelle is a player with a full array of technical skills including dynamic set piece abilities that will afford her an opportunity to be a contender for a starting midfield position immediately. Michelle is a an all-around athlete with a gifted talent of elimination skills and we are excited for her to extend the elite tradition of players from Cheshire High School in Connecticut like Jen Martha, Megan Sciascia, and Amanda DeLouise."

#7 Dayna Barlow
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Collegiate High School
Will Major in Health Science

Team/Individual Awards:

Collegiate High School First Team

  • Led Team to 11-2 Overall Record
  • Scored four goals and assisted on 12 more

Club- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Madibaz

  • Led Team to 12-2 Overall Record
  • Placed 2nd in Premier League
  • Scored once, and assisted on five more goals

Provincial Representation in National IPT
Eastern Province U18A

  • Won B Section, totaling one  goal and four assists to lead the team to a 5-2 Tournament record 

Eastern Province U 21

  • Team finished seventh
  • Scored one goal and assisted on seven more to help team to 5-4 tournament record

Eastern Province Senior Ladies Settlers

  • Team finished third
  • Tallied two assists as team posted a 5-2 tournament record

School Awards

  • MVP 2013
  • Service to Hockey Award 
  • Presentation Award for 114 games played for School First Team 
  • Eastern Province Hockey Federation
  • MVP Junior U21 player For 2013

Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Dayna Barlow:

"Dayna has been on our recruiting radar for a few years and we are very excited that she made the decision to bring her excellent vision and keen game sense to our Bobcat program.  Dayna is a 24/7 field hockey player with wonderful fitness and she has been dedicated to the sport of field hockey in South Africa for most of her life.  She is smart on the defensive side of the ball and we will look to see her make an immediate impact in our line-up this fall like former countryman and Bobcat Stand-out midfielder Megan McCreedy."

#13 Lauren Belskie
Hillsborough, New Jersey
Hillsborough High School
Will Major in Communications

Team/Individual Awards:

  • Somerset County First Team
  • Skyland Conference First team
  • NJFHCA Second Team
  • Played in Senior All-Star game at Montclair State
  • Team Most Valuable Player
  • Top Offensive player with 14 goals and seven assists
  • Four-year Varsity Award

Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Lauren Belskie:

"Lauren impressed us immediately with her soft hands and quick decision making skills in isolated one-on-one situations.  She is a long and crafty player from New Jersey and she plays the game with a subtle flair while also understanding the importance in stopping the attack transition of her opponent.  We really think she can find a spot early in her career at Quinnipiac University and we will look to expand her goal scoring abilities as an attack forward to help replace scorer Jess Rusin and Kristin Engelke."

#23 Rachel Hamm
Perkiomen, Pa.
Perkiomen Valley High School
Will Major in Psychology

Team/Individual Awards:

  • All-State Honorable Mention
  • Pac-10 First Team Defense
  • All-Area First Team Defense
  • Team Defensive Most Valuable Player
Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Rachel Hamm:

"Rachel is the player that has the strongest presence on the defensive end of the pitch.  She is a physically strong and dynamic player that has showed tremendous progress in her last two seasons on the field.  We will look to her to become a strong feeder out of the backfield as our team works to improve our attack transition and fill the shoes left from graduating superstars Amanda Danziger and Cate Colucci.  Rachel has the potential to become our next sweeper on defense and we are excited to see her grow into a mainstay on defense at Quinnipiac."

#14 Kiera Godusky
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Emmaus High School
Will Major in Occupational Therapy

Team/Individual Awards:

  • 25th Consecutive District XI (AAA) Champions 
  • Won LVIAC Championship
  • Team of the Year
  • Scored three goals and assisted on five more
  • Recorded two defensive saves
  • Senior captain
  • Four-year member of the PIAA (AAA) State Team
  • Four-year member of the District XI team
  • Four-year member of the LVIAC team
Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Kiera Godusky

"Hailing from Emmaus PA, one of the top high school field hockey programs in the United States, Kiera is a feisty and complete player that will be a force in the midfield or backfield line likely at one of our side attacking positions. Kiera can outwork most of her opponents and we feel she can adapt to whatever position and task she will be called on to perform.  She can execute defensive takes with a sharp stick and also strength and poise.  Kiera has the potential to be a go-to role player very early in her Bobcat career at Quinnipiac University."

#1 Payton Mickey
Lake Forest, Illinois
Lake Forest High School
Will Major in Nursing

Team/Individual Awards:
  • Won Illinois State Championship  
  • Scored twice in Championship game
  • Scored once in semifinal game against Lake Forest Academy
  • Sectional Champions
  • Region Champions
  • Huskie Invite Tournament Champions
  • Gateway Classic Tournament Champions
  • Scored four goals, on defense
  • 17 defensive saves
  • All Academic Team

Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Payton Mickey

"Payton will be our first player that hails from the great state of Illinois and we are pleased to have such a mentally responsive and determined athlete in our recruiting class.  Payton is a steady and consistent defender with wonderful fitness and speed.  Her club program, Windy City, is run by a tactical genius Katie Beach and we are excited to get a player from such a strong and up incoming club program.  We found Payton to be exceptionally well-rounded and we think she will adjust to the Division I level rapidly and with supreme dedication to the Bobcats."

#16 Felicia Costanzo
Lakeland, NY
Lakeland High School
Will Major in Nursing

Team/Individual Awards:

  • All-State
  • All-Elite
  • NYS All-Tournament Team
  • All-League
  • MSG Varsity All-Hudson Valley/Westchester First Team
  • Journal News Westchester/Putnam Second Team
  • Helped team to fifth-straight New York State Class B Championship
Quinnipiac Head Coach Becca Main on Felicia Costanzo

"Felicia will join former teammate junior Nikki Schultz on our roster this fall.  Felicia comes from a very talented and highly decorated high school program in Lakeland High School in New York.  Felicia is a strong and competitive player who brings a fierce mentality to the hockey pitch. A two-time state championship player, Felicia has the strength to play in our midfield and help fill the footprints left by all-conference players Christa Romano and Jennalise Taylor."