After the 2013 season yielded another Ivy League championship trophy and NCAA Elite Eight appearance, the Princeton field hockey team will welcome five student-athletes to join the Tigers for the 2014 campaign.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2018,” said head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn. “They are a group of young women who thrive in competitive environments and have proven that they have the will and determination to rise to both the academic and athletic challenges inherent in the Princeton experience."
"They separated themselves during the recruiting process by their close alignment to the values of our program and a clear passion for all things Tiger Field Hockey. We are excited to see their talents unfold in the years to come,” Holmes-Winn added.
Princeton field hockey will announce each member of the Class of 2018 individually, so be sure to tune into GoPrincetonTigers.com over the next two weeks to meet the newest additions to the program.
The second member of the incoming class to be introduced is defender Danielle Duseau from Hatfield, Mass.
A four-year starter and senior captain, Duseau helped guide Smith Academy to a pair of Western MA titles and state semifinals berths in 2008 and 2013.
Named the Field Hockey Athlete of the Year by the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Springfield Republican in 2012, Duseau represented her club, Element Athletics at the National Festival, Disney and NIT events.
No stranger to international competition, Duseau was a member of the USA U-17 Junior National Team (2012, 2013) that toured the Netherlands in 2013, before making the step up to the U-19 squad for the 2013-14 season.
Holmes-Winn on Duseau
"Danielle is a steely competitor who possesses an enormous amount of personal discipline. She is at her best under pressure against top level competition. Her solid fundamentals and strong hockey IQ are a by-product of her meticulous training habits, commitment to learning and overarching desire to maximize her potential. Danielle is a natural leader and communicator and she possesses a commanding field presence. Dani will make a seamless transition to the collegiate environment."
GET TO KNOW DANIELLE DUSEAU
Why did you choose Princeton?
I chose Princeton because being on campus feels very welcoming, but at the same time I know that the strong academics and athletics will challenge me to be my best.
What is your game day song?
“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
Favorite TV show?
Parks & Recreation
Favorite Sports Idol?
Favorite International field hockey player?
Would you rather score 30 tap-in goals or 3 reverse top corner shots?
I would rather score 30 tap-in goals.
If your mom played your dad at field hockey who would win?
My dad insists that he would win, but I think that it would be a close match.
Starbucks or Dunkin?
You have $20 in your pocket. How are you spending it?
I would spend it on food.
Hockey, Baseball, Football or Basketball?
Who’s the most famous person you know?
I don’t know anyone famous.
Do you own rollerblades? If so why?
Yes, I own rollerblades because my sister and I used to skate around our driveway when we were little.
Do you like country music? If so why?
Yes, I live in a small farm town where country music is very popular.
Would you rather be able to speak every language or play every instrument?
I would rather be able to speak every language.
Would you rather be able to run 100mph or fly 10mph?
I would rather be able to run 100mph.
What’s your go-to creation at Cold Stone?
Vanilla ice cream with M&M's