Coming off the program’s first NCAA national championship, the Princeton field hockey team will welcome five student-athletes to join the Tigers for the 2013 campaign. Head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn will announce each member of the Class of 2017 individually, so be sure to tune into GoPrincetonTigers.com over the coming weeks to meet the newest additions to the program.
"When you read the individual athlete bio and their comments on why they chose Princeton, you will see a theme: team, family and a winning tradition," said Holmes-Winn. "Our incoming freshmen recognize that when everyone is committed to giving their best and is willing to put the best interest of the team first happiness, success and trust follow. We are very lucky to have found five exceptional young women devoted to becoming their best in all areas of their life. We welcome Cat Caro, Annabeth Donovan, Ellen Dobrijevic, Andrea Jenkins and Hailey Reeves into the Tiger family and look forward to watching their talents unfold in the classroom, in the community and on the hockey field!"
The fourth member of the incoming class to be introduced is forward Cat Caro from Bridgewater, N.J.
“Cat has grown up in a strong club structure with Bobby Issar's Spirit Eagles and has had the opportunity to compete with the top players across the country as a member of the U.S. U17 National Team,” said Holmes-Winn. “Cat is a fierce competitor with great instincts and touch. She has a winning mentality and her fiery presence will add a great deal to our game and practice environment.”
A four-year starter at Bridgewater-Raritan, Caro helped guide the Panthers to four consecutive conference, county and state sectional championships. The squad also made appearances in the New Jersey Group IV State finals throughout her career. Caro is a three-time All-North Jersey, All-Group IV, all-area and all-conference first team selection, and she earned NJFHCA All-America, regional All-America and all-state honors in 2011 and 2012. In 2011 she was tabbed the Courier News and Star Ledger county Player of the Year and was the MVP of the Somerset County championships. Caro was the county’s scoring leader as a junior and senior, and also led in assists as a junior. She served as the Panther’s team captain as a senior.
“I chose Princeton because I believe the Tiger values match my own. I want to surround myself with people who want to work hard on-and-off the field, who are passionate about the game and would consider teammates ‘family’. I’m excited to become a part of one of the finest universities with a field hockey family that is one of the nation’s best,” said Caro.
A member of the U.S. U17 Junior National Team, Caro participated in the 2012 CanAm Challenge in Vancouver. That same year she was named to the Junior Women’s National Indoor Team. In 2010 and 2011 she attended the Junior Olympics, garnering all-tournament team honors.
Caro played club field hockey for the Spirit Eagles from 2006-12, serving as the team captain and guiding the squad to a pair of National Indoor Tournament championships, and the 2012 National Hockey Festival and Disney Showcase gold medal. She participated in the Futures Elite championship in 2012, finishing second, while earning gold in 2010 and 2011 at the National Futures Championships.
Get to Know Cat Caro:
Favorite word: Believe
Most memorable field hockey moment: My most memorable hockey moment was having the opportunity to represent my country at the CanAm Challenge in Vancouver. Being selected for the U17 Junior National team and getting to tour Canada was an experience that I will never forget. The competition was great and the friendships I made were even greater.
Comedy or drama?: Comedy
Salty or sweet?: Sweet
Best part about being a field hockey player: The best part of being a field hockey player is competing against so many girls. On the field we all have the same goal and we fight our hardest to get the win, but off the field we are all friends.
Pregame rituals: I always wear my hair the same way and I have to use certain hair ties.
Guilty social media pleasure: Twitter
Favorite sport to watch: Ice hockey
What must Tiger Field Hockey fans know about you?: TFH fans must know about me is that I really into baking, and one day I want to compete on the show Cupcake Wars
Meet the Class of 2017: