June 9, 2009
The Boston University field hockey program and head coach Sally Starr are excited to announce that six newcomers will comprise the Class of 2013 that will join the team this fall. The talented group includes four student-athletes from New England and a pair from New Zealand.
"This class is talented with athletes who have the potential to come right in and make an immediate impact and develop into outstanding college players," said Starr. "We are very excited about the incoming freshmen and feel they are the perfect compliment to our current roster of players."
Dana Centofanti (Waltham, Mass.)
Centofanti finished up a standout career at Waltham High School that included Dual County League All-Star honors as a senior captain. A four-time News Tribune All-Star and a 2008 Mass Best of 60 selection, Centofanti has participated in the Futures Program in each of the last four years. She participated in the 2006 U-16 National Futures Championship and was an alternate for the 2008 U-19 NFC. A four-year starter in ice hockey, she was recently named a recipient of the Hobey Baker High School Character Award. Her older sister, Liz, was a standout goalkeeper at Northeastern.
Amira Downes (Harwichport, Mass.)
A 2008 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection, Downes captained Harwich High School to the South Shore League title last fall while earning her fourth consecutive all-league honor. She was a member of the Cape Cod Classic tournament team and also excelled at track & field at Harwich, setting the school records in the 400- and 800-meter runs, the long jump and the triple jump.
Jacinda McLeod (Whangarei, New Zealand)
A member of the New Zealand U-21 Black Sticks Team that will participate in the Junior World Cup this August in Boston, McLeod was recently named the Northland Secondary Schoolgirl Sportswoman of the Year after being a runner-up the previous year. McLeod, who participated with the Junior Black Sticks in their 2008 Australian tour, also was selected to participate in last year's trials for the Senior Black Sticks squad. She served as team captain as a senior at Whangarei Girls High School, where she participated in several other sports. After playing two years with the New Zealand U-16 team, she was selected to the New Zealand Maori Senior Women's Team. Both her father (Grant) and uncle (Neil) were Olympic field hockey standouts for New Zealand. Grant was the regarded as the top defender in the world at his peak and Neil was a member of the New Zealand team that captured the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.
A two-time team MVP in both field hockey and lacrosse at Lawrence Academy, Spring earned all-league honors in field hockey all four seasons and helped her team cap an undefeated 19-0-1 campaign last fall by claiming the 2008 New England championship. She has played with the Cape Ann Coalition club team since 2005 and also participated in the 2007 National Futures Tournament.
Allie Townsend (Darien, Conn.)
Townsend led Darien High School to back-to-back state and county championships in 2007 and 2008 and has participated at the Futures Elite Level I since 2006. A 2008 all-county selection, Townsend also competed with the Fairfield County United and Houston Hockey club teams. She was a tri-captain for her Darien team this past fall and also helped the school's outdoor track & field team win the 2008 state championship by qualifying in the 400- and 800-meter runs.
Nicole van Oosterom (Lower Hutt, New Zealand)
A member of the New Zealand Junior Black Sticks squad since 2007 and a reserve for the 2009 Junior World Cup, van Oosterom helped the Wellington women's team capture the 2007 National League title. In each of the last two years at Chilton Saint James School, she received the Friend Cup, honoring the Sports Person of the Year, and was also a three-time winner of the Hunter Cup (best hockey player). For the past three seasons, van Oosterom has played for both the Wellington U-18 and U-21 squads and also was a former member of the New Zealand U-16 Team. She participated in several sports at Chilton, helping the school's orienteering team win four straight state relay titles.