Field Hockey Signs Five for 2014
Feb. 13, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - IU head coach Amy Robertson has announced the signing of five newcomers, who will begin competing for the Hoosier field hockey team in the 2014 season.
Maddie Latino (Louisville, Ky.), Abby Urbanek (Edwardsville, Ill.), Cameron Gibson (Mechanicsville, Va.), Marcia Lewis (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Taylor Pearson (Vancouver, Canada) will join the Hoosiers next fall.
"We would like to welcome the 2014 incoming signees to the Indiana Field Hockey family," Robertson said. "We are thrilled about the positive impact they will make on our program and excited to help them reach their full potential on and off the field. This group is as well-rounded as any class we have ever had. There are some great future leaders in this class whose maturity, selflessness, work ethic and strong character will ensure the future success of our program."
Latino (forward/midfielder) was a three-year varsity starter at Sacred Heart Academy and scored over 120 goals in her high school career. In 2013 she was the team captain, a Kentucky State All-Tournament Honoree, Kentucky Select Team member, made the All-District Team and was a finalist for Kentucky Miss Field Hockey. In 2012 she helped her team win the Kentucky State Championship and finished runner-up in 2011 and 2013. For the 2013 season, Latino scored 44 goals, the 10th most in the nation while also recording 33 assists, the ninth most in the nation.
"Maddie is a tough competitor, a speedy forward who has a great sense of the attacking circle and finding the back of the net," Robertson said. "She was one of the most prolific scorers coming out of high school in Louisville, Kentucky. With the graduation of three seniors on our forward line we will look for Maddie to develop quickly and add to our strength on the forward line."
Competing for Edwardsville High School, Urbanek (midfielder) scored 15 goals and tallied 20 assists her senior year to help her team tie their best record in school history at 17-5 and advance to the state quarterfinals. Urbanek was named First Team All-Metro and was team MVP and captain her junior and senior years. Outside of field hockey Urbanek was a National Honor Society member and part of Leadership Council.
"Abby is very versatile on the field due to her speed and strength" Robertson said. "She could fit into a few different positions. She will add competitive fire, athleticism and defensive grit to the squad and could potentially fill the shoes that need to be filled in our backfield with the graduation of two key senior starters."
Gibson (forward/midfielder) scored 55 career goals and recorded 45 career assists and was a team captain in 2012 and 2013 at Lee Davis High School. Gibson earned All-District recognition all four years, All-Metro in 2012 and 2013, All-Region in 2012 and All-State Second Team in 2012. Gibson also exceled in the classroom as a three-time Academic All-District honoree. Gibson holds the school record for career goals and helped her team to the State Final Four in 2013, Regional runner-up and District Champions.
"Cameron is a gritty and competitive forward who is not afraid to be scrappy in the circle and also has a very strong understanding of the game," Robertson said. "She possesses both great mental strength and determination and is the type of person and player who demands a lot of herself and is committed to excellence."
Lewis (goalie) played at Los Gatos High School in California and was the 2013 Junior Athlete of the Year. Lewis earned First Team All-Conference and All-League recognition in 2013 and helped her team to first-place in the CIF Central Coast Section and first-place in the DeAnza League. Lewis was honored on her team with the Most Inspirational award in 2012 and the Wild Cat award for the player that best embodies Los Gatos High School Field Hockey. Lewis is the youngest of four children and also played basketball and lacrosse. In 2012 she earned the coaches award for lacrosse and in 2013 earned MVP honors.
"Marcia is an up and coming talented goalkeeper who has great size, natural ability and very powerful clears," Robertson said. "Her footwork and ability to get off the ground quickly are key assets that will allow her to develop into a top goalkeeper in the Big Ten. She will develop into a great organizer and leader for our backfield."
Pearson (midfielder) comes to Indiana from Vancouver, Canada, where she competed for Windsor Secondary. Her senior year she was a First Team All-Star, team captain and leading scorer for the team. In 2013 Pearson was part of the U18 Team BC that won gold at U18 nationals. In 2013-14 Pearson was named to the 2017 target junior development squad for the Canadian Women's National Team. Pearson has played soccer for 10 years and ice hockey for five years, winning two provincial championships.
"Taylor is an attacking and creative midfielder who has the talent to make an immediate impact on our ability to create more goal scoring opportunities," Robertson said. "She has an excellent balance in being able to both control the play and be able to turn it on and attack. Her skill and feel for the game will add a lot to our midfield play."
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