June 8, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - New Siena Field Hockey Head Coach Kara Zappone will welcome four freshmen to the program this fall. Mary Drabich, Kate Gillespie, Sage Stebbins and Katie Wells will comprise the Siena Field Hockey Class of 2016 and debut on the field with the Saints this fall.
"I am pleased to announce the addition of these four fine student athletes to our program," said Zappone. "They each provide depth to our squad and come to Siena with a knowledge of the game that will be beneficial to both themselves and their teammates as they transition to the college game. I am excited for Mary, Kate, Sage and Katie to arrive on campus and contribute their skills and passion for the sport to the success of our program."
A goalie from Alexandria Township, N.J., Drabich was a two-sport star at Delaware Valley Regional in both field hockey and softball. Drabich, who plays her club field hockey for Jersey Intensity, had a 33-save performance in a game as a junior and racked up 150 saves total last fall. A two-time Lehigh Valley Express-Times First Team All-Area selection, Drabich was also twice named a First Team All-Conference honoree.
Gillespie joins the Saints from nearby Glens Falls, N.Y. where she captained the Indians last fall. A Foothills Council First Team All-Star and First Team Post-Star All-Star, Gillespie led Glens Falls to three Section II Class B Titles and a trip to the state tournament. A midfielder and defender who played her club field hockey for ADK, Gillespie was a five-year varsity player and three-time All-State selection. For her high school career, she totaled 11 goals and 18 assists.
Stebbins played midfield at Cohasset High in Cohasset, Mass. Stebbins captained the Skippers to a 14-1-3 record last fall and an appearance in the Division II South Sectional Championship Game. During her junior season, Cohasset posted a 15-0-3 record - the best mark in school history - and won the South Shore League Championship. A two-year USA Field Hockey Futures participant, Stebbins was named both a Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic selection.
A midfielder from nearby Niskayuna, N.Y., Wells also played her club field hockey with Gillespie for ADK. Niskayuna High's Most Valuable Offender and Team Sportsmanship Award winner, Wells finished with 13 points last fall. She led the Silver Warriors to the Suburban Council Championship with an undefeated 14-0 league mark and 16-2 overall record. A Section II Class A First Team All-Star, Wells guided Niskayuna to the Class A Championship Game.
Siena's four freshmen and the rest of the Saints make their 2012 debut Aug. 30 at Colgate.