Field Hockey Adds Two for 2008 Season
Jan. 22, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana field hockey team has announced the addition of two players to the roster for the 2008 season. Alex Mann (Telford, Pa./Souderton/Wake Forest) and Jackie Alpern (Ann Arbor, Mich./Hyde School (Md.) are both goalkeepers and will begin playing with the Hoosiers in their spring tournaments before the season begins next fall.
"We are fortunate and excited to welcome two new players, Jackie Alpern and Alex Mann, to the Indiana field hockey program," Indiana head coach Amy Robertson said. "After the graduation and loss of our two goalkeepers from a year ago, we had some questions going into our spring tournaments, in terms of practice and training. Our questions have been answered with the addition of Jaclyn and Alex and we are eager to assimilate them into our team and family and work with them this spring."
Mann, a native of Souderton, Pa., will be a sophomore in 2008 and joins the Hoosiers after playing the 2007 season with Wake Forest, who advanced the national semifinals before falling to Penn State. She appeared in six games, making three starts for the Demon Deacons and posted a 1-1 record with two shutouts. She allowed five goals and made 16 saves while posting a .762 save percentage.
A three-year letterwinner at Souderton Area High School, Mann was named first team All-League and All-Area in 2005, 2006 by Doylestown Intelligencer and earned second team All-State honors as a senior. She also earned the MVP Defense award in 2006 and was named the `Most Dedicated' in 2005. An honor roll student for four years, Mann was also a member of SAVE (Students Against Violating the Earth) and played club soccer for nine years.
"I chose to come to Indiana because they have an enthusiastic and positive coaching staff and team," Mann said about her decision to come to Indiana. "It is a big school with a well-built field hockey program that is always striving to improve."
Alpern, a member of IU's club field hockey team in 2007, attended Ann Arbor Huron high school before transferring to Hyde School in Bath, Md. for her last two years of high school. At Hyde she played soccer and lacrosse and was named team captain of the lacrosse team her senior year.
"I chose Indiana because it has a beautiful campus and is one of the best schools in the Big Ten," Alpern said. "The broad range of academics was another huge factor in my decision to become a Hoosier."
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