April 5, 2013
Coach Kara Zappone has announced her first full recruiting class as the head coach for the Siena Field Hockey team. Cailyn Rafi, Danielle Degroot, Ashley Dona, Brittany Onesto, and Fabiana Citro add various skills to the squad that is trying to turn the program around.
“They are everything that Siena takes pride in, and will be an asset as we continue to build our program,” Zappone said. “The levels of passion, enthusiasm, and determination this group will contribute is going to raise the level of our team and allow us to continue moving in a positive direction.”
Cailyn Rafi (Point Pleasant, N.J.) comes in to Loudonville, hoping to spark an offense that scored just nine goals last season. A four-year varsity letter-winner with Point Pleasant Borough High School, Rafi scored 94 goals and dished out 65 assists in career and was a three year All Offense First Team and First-Team All-Conference selection. In her senior season, she was also named to First Team All-County and All-Division. A three sport athlete with the Panthers, Rafi also participated in the softball and swimming programs while maintaining an A-average in the classroom.
“Cailyn possesses a high level of skills and is a very versatile player. Cailyn will be very strong on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball,” Zappone said.
Danielle Degroot (Boonton, N.J.) graduates Boonton High School after being named her squad’s offensive most valuable player with 11 goals in her senior season. For her play, she was named to the All-Conference First Team, as well as selected to First Team All North and All County. She was also one of two Bomber players selected to play in the senior all-star game last season.
“Danielle is going to bring a high level of passion to our team. She is willing to do whatever it takes on and off the field to perform at her best, and create results for her team,” Zappone said.
Ashley Dona (Johnstown, N.Y.) will also be an asset to the offensive side of the pitch. Johnstown High School’s career and single season goal record holder tallied 39 in her senior season, which helped the Lady Bills to a second place finish in the section. Her single season record breaking performance helped her being named an All-State selection and a First-Team All-Star. Her 39 tallies comes after a year where she led her squad to a Section II Class B Championship with 29 goals. The 39 goals was one more than the old school record, which was set by current Saints’ assistant coach Kayla May, who Dona says has been a role model to her since day one.
“Ashley is going to be a great asset to our forward line. She has an eye for the goal cage and will use her speed and skills to score goals for our program,”
Brittany Onesto (Hellertown, Pa.) will add depth to the defensive side of the ball after helping Moravian Academy to a Colonial League title. A four-year starter and letter-winner with the Lions, Onesto went on to receive First-Team All-Colonial League Honors as well as being chosen Second-Team All-State.
“Brittany is going to be a strong base in our defense going forward. Her awareness on the field and ball distribution will help push our attacking game to the next level,” Zappone said.
Fabiana Citro (Montclair, N.J.) comes off an impressive four-year career at Montclair High School where she was named to the 2012 First Team All-Conference, All- League, and a NFHCA Academic All American. The midfielder tallied 25 goals and 24 assists, making her a top-20 scorer in 2012. Citro is known for her play on penalty corners, recording the game winning goal in the final seconds in the sectional finals. She was also a member of the softball squad, hitting .319 her senior season. Citro will join her brother Vincent Citro, who is a starter for the Siena baseball team.
"Fabiana is a very disciplined athlete. She takes pride in her preparation and work ethic. She will be a great asset to the Siena Field Hockey program,” Zappone said.
Siena participates in the Northeast Conference and plays their home games on campus in Loudonville, N.Y. The squad finished 0-15, last year but had five games decided by two goals or fewer.