Courtesy of Drew and Juniata Sports Information
TOWSON, Md. – Drew seniors Danielle Waleko and Brooke Gagliano along with Catholic senior Megan Comunale and Juniata senior Emma Dahmus, were selected to play in the prestigious 2013 Front Rush/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior Game.
The annual contest brings the top 60 senior field hockey players from across the country together to play in an all-star game in Virginia Beach. This year's game will be held on Saturday, November 23rd at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex at 4:00 p.m. The annual game is played during the weekend of the Division I, II, and III Final Fours, played in nearby Norfolk.
Gagliano and Waleko serve as team captains on Drew's nationally-ranked team. The Rangers are currently 19th in the country with a 14-2 overall record and have been listed in the top-20 for five-straight weeks.
Gagliano, last year's Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year, has 14 goals and nine assists this season ranking her in the top three in the conference in both categories. Waleko, a two-year starter for the Rangers after transferring from Susquehanna, leads the Landmark Conference in assists with 13 this season. She is a two-time All-Conference selection over the course of her four-year career. Gagliano and Waleko are the first selections to the game since Assistant Coach Nicole DiBattista played in the 2009 game.
Comunale is a three-year starter for the 20th ranked Cardinals. She boasts a 0.86 goals against average and has made 43 saves this season. This marks the ninth straight year that Catholic has had a student-athlete selected for the Senior Game.
Dahmus is currently tied for the team lead in goals this season with seven. She has 50 career points and is seventh on the all-time assists list. The midfielder is one of four Landmark student-athletes to head to the all-star game and joins an elite group of Eagles who have been selected to compete. Recent participants have been the program's all-time leading scorer and current assistant coach Kim Wagner Hilling ('08), and second leading scorer Paula Price ('11).