Field Hockey Introduces Incoming Class

July 17, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College field hockey Head Coach Diane Madl announced today [July 17] that five student-athletes will begin their academic and athletic careers as members of her program this fall. Maddie Babineau (Milton, Ontario), Sydney Cramer (Sciota, Pa.), Cassie Kincaid (Hammonton, N.J.), Manon van Weezel (Waalre, Holland) and Oliva Ward (Havelock North, New Zealand) join a team hoping to build off of an exciting 2016 season, during which the Friars finished tied for second place in the BIG EAST Conference (5-2) and posted a 13-6 overall record.

“This class is a great blend of personalities and various strengths,” Madl said. “They are high-character young ladies who will bring a nice combination of an exciting style of play and a growth mindset. We look for them to make an immediate impact on our program and campus community."

Babineau, a midfielder, attended Craig Kielburger Secondary School, where she was a three-year captain of the field hockey team. She was a member of the 2017 Canadian Women’s Junior Development Squad (Tier 2), and also competed for the U-21 Canadian Indoor Team (2015), U-18 Canadian Indoor Team (2016), U-18 Team Ontario (2016, 2017) and U-16 Team Ontario (2014, 2015).

Cramer, a forward/midfielder, attended Stroudsburg High School, where she recorded 167 career points on 55 goals and 57 assists. She is a two-time First-Team All-State, Second-Team EPC honoree and Morning Call All-Area selection (2015, 2016). Cramer also earned Most Valuable Player recognition as a senior in 2016 and was named Offensive Player of the year at Stroudsburg High in 2015.

 

 

Kincaid, a goalkeeper, attended Eastern High School, where she earned Harrow NFHCA First-Team All-America and Harrow NFHCA All-Region and All-South Jersey Goalkeeper of the Year honors as a senior. She also was a two-time All-State and All-Group honoree (2015, 2016) in addition to being named All-Conference (2014, 2015, 2016), All-South Jersey (2016) and Max Field Hockey All-Region (2016). Kincaid was a part of four New Jersey State Championships and four conference championships. Eastern also won the Tournament of Champions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

A well-rounded hockey player, who can play defense, midfield or forward, van Weezel currently plays for MA1 (U-18), which has claimed the Dutch championship on several occasions over the last couple years. She also has competed for Dutch District at the U-12 and U-14 levels. Van Weezel has played club hockey for 12 years with Oranje Zwart, which became known as Orange-Rood after a club merger in 2015. She attended SG Augustinianum.

Ward, a forward/midfielder, attended Woodford House, where she competed in field hockey, cross country and tennis. She is a member of the Hawke’s Bay Women’s Team and also competed for the Central Districts U-18 Regional Team (2016, 2017), Central Districts U-21 Team (2016) and the Hawke’s Bay U-18 Association Team (2014, 2015). Ward is a three-time nominee for Hawke’s Bay Female Athlete of the Year (2014-16).

The Friars open the 2017 regular-season schedule against non-conference foe Maine on Aug. 25 at 1:00 p.m. The match will be played at the newly-resurfaced Lennon Family Field in Providence, R.I. Six of the Friars’ first eight games will be played at home. Providence also will host the 2017 BIG EAST Conference Championship on Nov. 3-5.

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