PRINCETON, N.J. (5/15/14) – Princeton head women’s hockey coach Jeff Kampersal announces the five matriculates that will join the team in September as the Class of 2018.
"We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to our Princeton family in September," Kampersal said. "They will have big skates to fill but they are excellent players and students, so they should transition pretty easily."
Emily Achterkirch, 5-7, D, St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville High School/North Wright County River Hawks
Achterkirch played four years with the North Wright County River Hawks hockey team and was team captain her senior year. A four-sport athlete, Achterkirch also played varsity soccer, tennis and track & field.
The River Hawks were Section 8AA champions in 2011 and 2013, and competed in the Minnesota State High School League Class AA Tournament both years as well. The team was conference champions in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won three academic team honors.
The team’s 2012 MVP, Achterkirch’s team also voted her Miss Defense in 2012 and 2014. She is a two-time all-Section 8AA honoree and was named honorable mention in 2012. In each of the last three years, Achterkirch was named a Section 8AA all-star and all-conference. Achterkirch earned all-state academic honors in 2014, Section 8AA all-academic honors in 2013 and 2014 and is a four-time all-conference academic selection. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, for achieving a GPA of 3.7 or higher all four years.
As a senior she scored 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists with a +11 on-ice rating. She finished her career with a +124 on-ice rating, with 99 points on 41 goals and 58 helpers.
Achterkirch played varsity soccer as a freshman and sophomore, earning the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award and academic all-conference honors both years. As a varsity member of the track & field team she won the conference championship in the discus in 2010 and was the runner-up in the shot put that same year. Like she did in soccer, she earned the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award and academic all-conference honors both years she was on the team.
Achterkirch was selected to the USA Hockey National Girls Select 15 Camp; played on the senior team of the 2014 Minnesota Hockey/CCM High School National Invitational Tournament one year after being invited to play on the U18 team; was a 2014 selection to the Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Senior Classic Tournament and was on the Upper Midwest High School Elite League (UMHSEL) in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
A member of the Minnesota Whitecaps, Achterkirch and the Whitecaps were the 2012 NAHA Labor Day Tournament Runners-Up and went undefeated at 5-0 in the 2013 USA Canada Cup.
Alev Baysoy, 5-8, F, St. Paul, Minnesota/St. Paul Academy and Summit School/St. Paul United
A five-year member of the St. Paul United hockey team, Baysoy has been a starter since eighth grade. Baysoy was team captain her senior year when the Spartans were section champions, conference runners-up and fourth-place finishers in the state. She was named first-team all-conference all five years, all-state as a junior and senior and honorable mention as a sophomore, while twice earning team MVP honors. As a senior, Baysoy was named to the All-East Metro Pioneer Press team. Baysoy is the school record holder for most career points with 210 and points in a single season with 53 in 2011-12.
Baysoy has been invited to three USA Hockey National Development Camps - the 15s, 16s and 18s - each time earning all-star team honors. She was also a member of the five Minnesota Selects.
In addition to hockey, Baysoy played varsity soccer and track & field. She was a four-year starter on the soccer team and captured first-team all-conference honors as a senior captain while being named defensive MVP. In track & field, she was a member of the conference champion 4x400 relay and earned all-conference honorable mention accolades as a sophomore.
Baysoy played for the Highland Central Capitals from 2004-09, the Minnesota Ice Cats in 2011 and 2012 and with the Minnesota Whitecaps in 2013.
Alysia DaSilva, 5-7, Goalie, Oakville, Ont./Appleby College/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
DaSilva has played three seasons with the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL).
During her time with the Chiefs, she won a bronze, silver and gold medal at the Ontario Provincials and a bronze and silver medal in the PWHL. The team also claimed four tournament championships.
After winning the gold at this year’s PWHL championship, DaSilva was declared the MVP of the championship game. She had the highest save percentage in the league during the regular season (.956), was third in goals against average (1.20) and ranks fourth all-time in PWHL history in wins with 38.
In her tenure with the Chiefs, DaSilva posted a 38-14 record during the regular season with a 1.54 GAA and a .938 percentage. In the playoffs, she was 13-7 with four shutouts, a 1.89 GAA and .924 save percentage.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, DaSilva was a member of the Mississauga Braves, a boy’s team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) from 2005-11. The team captured three Ontario Hockey Federation Provincial Championships, three GTHL league championships and numerous tournament wins.
DaSilva attended high school at Appleby College in Oakville.
Kiersten Falck, 5-5, F, Ham Lake, Minn./Blaine High School
Falck has played four years for her high school hockey team at Blaine High School. A two-year team captain she was named her team’s MVP in each of the last three seasons. Falck is a two-time all-state player who was a semifinalist for the 2014 Ms. Hockey Award. A four-time all-Northwest Suburban Conference (NWSC) player, Falck was selected to the 2014 academic all-state team and was named third-team all metro by the Star Tribune. This past year, the Bengals won the conference championship and were the Section 5AA academic champions.
In her four years at Blaine, Falck collected 190 points on 70 goals and 120 assists. 50 of those points came her senior year when she tallied 21 goals and 29 assists.
Falck participated in two USA Hockey Player Development Camps, and previously played for both the Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps and the Minnesota Ice Cats.
A three-sport athlete, Falck also competed on the soccer and track & field teams. She was named all-conference in the 4x400 relay, 4x200 relay and 400; with her 4x200 relay finishing third in the state. Falck was named captain of the soccer team as a senior, one year after the Bengals won the 2012 section champions and placed fourth in the state.
Hannah Sorkin, 5-4, D, Melville, N.Y./Phillips Andover Academy
Following her freshman year at her local high school, Half Hollow Hills, Sorkin enrolled at Phillips Andover. While also playing field hockey and lacrosse, Sorkin played three years on the hockey team, winning the Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athlete Award. An injury her senior year prevented her from playing all but 12 games. In those 12 games Sorkin collected 11 points to lead the team in points per game and win the MVP honor. She was tabbed team captain as a junior.
In eighth grade Sorkin made the Half Hallow Hills freshmen boy’s team, was named captain and given the Coaches Award and Most Athletic Award after scoring 23 points in 23 games. On the JV boy’s team a year later, she earned both awards again after picking up 10 points in 14 games, while also competing for the Long Island Rebels boy’s team. During her sophomore year she played for the Middlesex Islanders, leading the team in points, as the Islanders won the Massachusetts state title with an undefeated season to compete in the national championship.
The last two years, Sorkin has played for the East Coast Wizards. On the U16 team she had 24 points in 17 games and the U19 team reached the 2014 nationals. Sorkin was also selected for the USA Hockey Development Camp and was named to the all-star team in 2012.