DURHAM, N.C. – Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin announced Monday the addition of six student-athletes to the program for the 2018-19 academic year.
The incoming class includes Olivia Sahaydak of Pennsylvania, Caroline Hanan of Texas, Leah Crouse and Grace Kim of Virginia, Noor van de Laar of Belgium and Kiki Rozemeijer of the Netherlands.
“Independently, these six young women are exceptional and I expect each to have an incredible four-year career,” Bustin said. “Together, these six have the opportunity to make history at Duke. Together they bring strength, determination and camaraderie. Together this class possesses the important characteristics that my staff and I look for in our Duke True student-athletes: love for the game, an internal drive to do the work, the belief that they will contribute to earning a championship and the commitment to positively represent Duke on and off the field. Welcome to Duke True, Class of 2022!”
Take a closer look at the Blue Devils’ incoming freshman class:
Leah Crouse - Midfield/Forward - Frank W. Cox High School (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Frank W. Cox Coach - Taylor Rountree
TCOYO Club Coach - Sandy Szilassy
A member of the U.S. U-19 and U-17 national teams, Crouse was a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America selection at Frank W. Cox High School, as well as the school’s 2018 Female Athlete of the Year. She recorded 46 goals and 31 assists during her senior campaign to round out her prep career a member of the century club in both offensive categories. Crouse led her squad to two state titles, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game as a junior.
Bustin’s Take: “We are excited to bring Leah’s already elite game to the next level. Her work ethic and unconditional desire to learn and improve will certainly make her next four years fun and exciting for all! Leah brings to Duke a great depth of skill, incredible speed and the will to win. Her already strong sense of discipline, both with her hockey training and with her academics, will definitely aid Leah through her first collegiate year and beyond.”
Caroline Hanan - Midfield/Back - The Kinkaid School (Houston, Texas)
The Kinkaid School Coach - Jackie Ciconte
Texas Pride Club Coach - Tina Edmonds
Hailing from the state of Texas, Hanan twice earned first team All-America recognition from the NFHCA, as well as regional All-America honors on three occasions. She totaled 32 goals and 46 assists over her final two seasons and led The Kinkaid School to its first state title in over 20 years before being inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor this spring. A member of the Texas Pride club program, Hanan has also participated in USA Field Hockey’s Futures and National Indoor Championships.
Bustin’s Take: “We look forward to Caroline’s arrival to campus! Caroline, and her game, are absolutely ready for this next challenge. It has been a pleasure to watch her game sense expand and her physical presence on the field strengthen over the past two years. I believe she will adapt quickly to the collegiate pace of play and will continue to grow her game at a rapid rate. She is an intelligent and competitive student-athlete who puts her team first … a perfect match for our Duke True culture.”
Grace Kim - Back/Midfield - St. Catherine’s School (Richmond, Va.)
St. Catherine’s Coach - Don Warner
Saints Club Coaches - Don Warner and Scotty Tyson
A center back and center midfielder at St. Catherine’s, Kim was a three-time All-LIS and all-state pick. She also garnered All-Metro recognition as a junior and senior, in addition to excelling on the soccer field as a center midfielder. The Richmond, Va., native is the younger sister of former Blue Devil captain Amanda Kim, who guided the program to NCAA semifinals appearances in 2013 and 2015.
Bustin’s Take: “Duke True has the honor of welcoming Grace as a MEMBER of the Duke field hockey team! For many years she has been a part of our family as she cheered for her sister Amanda (Duke ’16). Now, Grace has worked diligently to earn her own roster spot. Duke True will benefit from Grace Kim’s competitive fire and desire to learn as she adapts to our attacking defensive structure. We cannot wait to get to work!”
Kiki Rozemeijer - Midfield - Mendelcollege (Santpoort-Zuid, The Netherlands)
HC Bloemendaal Coach - Teun de Nooijer
Rozemeijer joins the program from Santpoort-Zuid, the Netherlands, where she has been a member of her country’s U-18 national team. She captured a national title in 2014 with HC Bloemendaal and reached the semifinal round with her club in 2016. Rozemeijer most recently won the first edition of the Dutch Gold Cup, scoring both a goal and a shoot-out in the final.
Bustin’s Take: “With Kiki comes a dynamic style of play, a great respect for the game and a strong sense of loyalty to her team and teammates. Her courage to leave her home in the Netherlands - to embrace a new and exciting opportunity at Duke where she will continue to play and learn - is admirable. We know that Kiki’s presence on the field and within her team over the next four years will have a positive and lasting effect on our program. We are thrilled and honored to welcome her to Duke True.”
Olivia Sahaydak - Forward - Liberty High School (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Liberty Coaches - MK Omdahl and Karen Nilson
WC Eagles Club Coaches - Richard and Jun Kentwell
Sahaydak wrapped up her prep career as Liberty High School’s all-time career goals (91) and assists (42) leader. The Bethlehem, Pa., native also established her school’s single season scoring record with 67 tallies and garnered the Athlete of the Year Award during her senior campaign. Sahaydak has been a member of USA Field Hockey’s U-19 and U-17 indoor national teams in additional to excelling on the national level with her club program, WC Eagles.
Bustin’s Take: “Duke is ready for Olivia’s work ethic and internal drive to help her team achieve a championship. When Olivia competes, she is on a mission to score and win. We are thrilled to have her energy and skill on our roster and look forward to helping her expand her awareness and continue to develop her already elite level of skill. Duke’s attacking style of play is the perfect environment for Olivia’s game to shine.”
Noor van de Laar - Midfield - Sint-Michielscollege Brasschaat (Brasschaat, Antwerp, Belgium)
van de Laar joins the Blue Devils from Antwerp, Belgium, where she played for her club team KHC Dragons beginning at age 12. She competed at the highest level with Belgium’s U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 national teams. Her time with the U-18 squad included a trip to the International Hockey Federation’s 6 Nations Tournament, as well as a friendly against the United States.
Bustin’s Take: “Noor’s no-nonsense approach to success is impressive. She works to win and loves the challenges along the way. Both her hockey and academic experiences within the Belgium system have prepared her well for the next four years at Duke. She has competed at a top level as well as completed a rigorous academic curriculum. There is no doubt that she will enjoy the collegiate system, excel on the pitch and will quickly adapt to life as a Duke student-athlete.”