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Appalachian State Field Hockey Adds Eight to Roster

Head coach Emily Dinsmore and the App State field hockey staff have announced the addition of eight future Mountaineer student-athletes. “I am so excited for the class of 2023 to join our team this fall,” Dinsmore said. “Not only are they great athletes, but they are also great people. They will be a very exciting class to watch over the next four years.”

Dakota Anderson
Goalkeeper / Williamsburg, Va. / Bruton High School

Dakota Anderson is set to make her collegiate debut at App State after being named one of the top-100 players in her class by MAX Field Hockey. A junior Olympic gold medalist, Anderson has been named to her all-region team three times as a goalkeeper. She was also named first-team all-region and second-team all-state in soccer. In the classroom, the Williamsburg native placed second nationally in computer applications for FBLA.

Dinsmore on Anderson: “Dakota is a great all-around goalkeeper. Her speed, technical skill and quick decision-making will be a great addition to our team. We are excited for her to join us and represent the Black and Gold.”

Sophia Baxter
Midfielder / Sykesville, Md. / Marriots Ridge High School

Sophia Baxter helped Marriots Ridge to three regional championships and one state championship in the midfield while garnering many individual accolades. Baxter was named all-state her last two seasons and all-county for all four years. She was also named to the all-metro team as a senior. Baxter also competed under Sarah Dawson with Freedom HKY, earning several Futures Felvel I NFC selections, Nexus Championship selections and AAU selections.

Dinsmore on Baxter: “Sophia is a competitor. She reads the game well, can distribute under pressure and has great defensive awareness. I’ve known Sophia since she was about 12 years old and we are so excited that she chose to make App State her home.”

Mamie Clark
Defender / Louisville, Ky. / Sacred Heart Academy

Joining her two older sisters at App State (Addie Clark, Ruby Clark), Mamie Clark comes to the High Country after a decorated career at Sacred Heart Academy. The defender was named an all-star during her last two years and was a nominee for the 2022 Bunny Doherty Defensive Player of the Year award. Clark recorded 26 defensive saves in high school, including 11 during her senior year. The Louisville native also played under Eleanor Mitchell with Stealth Field Hockey.

Dinsmore on Clark: “Mamie brings great energy to the class of 2023. She is a natural defender just like her sisters and has a great hockey IQ. She knows how to play through adversity and we are excited that she chose to be a Mountaineer.”

Florine Koopman
Midfielder / Wassenaar, The Netherlands / Adelbert College

Florine Koopman will sport the Black and Gold during her U.S. debut after a successful stint with HGC under head coach Pim van Paassen. She was the captain of her club team and spent the last three years competing in the highest league available in Wassenaar.

Dinsmore on Koopman: “Florine is a hard worker and has a never-give-up mentality. She is a defensive player but has an attacking mindset which helps advance the ball up the field. The Dutch style of play is very technical and we are excited to add her skill set to our team this fall.”

Noa Ginjaume Matas
Midfielder / Sant Cugat, Barcelona / Agora Sant Cugat

Noa Ginjaume Matas comes to Boone after loading box scores on her club team, Junior F.C. The Barcelona native played under head coach Carlota Petchamé, a member of the Spanish national team. Ginjaume Matas is a two-time gold medalist with the Catalònia Hoquei Club and led all of U-16 in goals in 2021.

Dinsmore on Matas: “Noa is a speedy forward who can also play in the midfield. She has a great first touch on the ball and can finish in the circle. Her international playing experience will have an immediate impact on our team. We are excited for Noa to join us this upcoming fall.”

Kassie Paul
Midfielder / Williamsburg, Va. / Jamestown High School

Kassie Paul is headed to the High Country after being named the Regional Player of the Year as a senior at Jamestown. She has garnered three all-conference honors and was named first-team all-state as a junior. Paul also played for TCOYO field hockey under Sandy Szilassy and Nicole Morgan.

Dinsmore on Paul: “Kassie is a gritty forward with a nose for the goal. She will run through a brick wall for you and does a good job setting up her teammates. We are looking forward to the energy she will bring on the forward line and are excited that she chose to be a Mountaineer.”

Elizabeth Tegeler
Goalkeeper / Charlotte, N.C. / Providence Day School

Elizabeth Tegeler comes to App State after a successful high school career that included four all-conference selections at Providence Day. She was also named to the all-state team as a junior and the All-Star NCISAA team as a senior. Leading her team to national rankings in the goalkeeping stats, Tegeler also earned Charlotte Observer all-star team honors in all four years and was once named to the Max Field Hockey Invitational all-tournament team. Her high school squad won two NCISAA championships during her tenure. Tegeler also competed with the Charlotte Ambush Field Hockey Club under Miki Osherow.

Dinsmore on Tegeler: “E.T. bleeds black and gold and will be a great addition to our team. As a goalkeeper, she has the ability to make the really difficult saves look easy. She is a hard worker and we are excited that she chose to make App State her home.”

Casey Tyrrell
Defender / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Mechanicsburg Area Senior

Casey Tyrrell will join the Mountaineers playing a club career with Central Penn Field Hockey under Belinda Heltzel. In 2021, Tyrrell helped head her team to a JPOL championship.

Dinsmore on Tyrrell: “Casey is a very versatile player. Her speed is her greatest strength and she does a great job using it to her advantage in a variety of situations on the field. She is a gritty hard-working player and we are excited for her to join us and represent the black and gold.”

The Mountaineers will begin their season this August, coming off of a historic year where they posted a school record-tying 14 wins and their first MAC championship game appearance.