Field hockey: Methacton's Alderfer, Dickinson, Hoover, Owens headed to Division I level

Gretchen Alderfer – Field Hockey – Towson

Methacton senior Gretchen Alderfer signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and field hockey career at Division I Towson University during a ceremony at the high school that was attended by, Standing from left - Sarah Quintois (Methacton Head Coach), Casey Leap (Methacton Assistant Coach), Maryann Harris (Methacton Assistant Coach); Seated from left - Heidi Alderfer (Mother), Gretchen Alderfer, Glenn Alderfer (Father)

High School: Methacton High School

Graduation Year: 2018

College Choice: Towson University

Parents: Heidi and Glenn Alderfer

Major Athletic Honors: First Team All League,Varsity FH Captain, Varsity Lacrosse

Academic/community service: National Academic Squad Award 2016, member of Best Buddies, Student Ambassador, and buildOn, Methacton "M" Award for Academic Excellence 2015, 2016

College Major: Physical Therapy

Other schools under consideration: Fairfield and Temple

Why did you choose this school? “I chose Towson for the competitive level of play and for the field hockey team that made me feel like family. I chose Towson for the unlimited opportunities the university provides, and the big university with a small campus feel.”

Reflections on high school career: “I was grateful for the support from my team after a big injury in my junior season. We had an incredible season that ended much too soon in districts after an 18-0 season and a PAC Championship. We made it to states my sophomore year and I was lucky to be a leader on defense the last 3 years.”

Other comments (people to thank): “(Thank you to) All the Methacton Field Hockey coaches, especially Coach Quintois and Coach Hoover for helping with the recruiting process and giving me the confidence to play at the next level. My teammates for pushing me and for giving me lifelong friendships and memories. As well as my club coaches and all the Methacton field hockey parents who have been so encouraging. My parents and siblings for the unconditional support through this process. Thank you to the other seniors who competed with me since middle school, I wish you the best of luck next year!”

Julia Dickinson – Field hockey – Ohio State

Methacton senior Julia Dickinson signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and field hockey career at Division I Ohio State University during a recent ceremony at the high school that was also attended by, standing from left, Erik Enters (Club Coach), Casey Leap (Methacton Assistant Coach), Maryann Harris (Methacton Assistant Coach), Sarah Quintois (Methacton Head Coach). Seated from left, Meredith Dickinson (Mother), Julia Dickinson, Thomas Dickinson (Father)

High School: Methacton

Graduation Year: 2018

College Choice: The Ohio State University

Parents: Thomas R. Dickinson, Jr & Meredith Mandracchia Dickinson

Major Athletic Honors: All-Pac League 1st Team (2016), All-Area 1st Team (2016), All-State HM (2016), 4 Year Varsity Letterwinner, Disney Showcase Runner-up, National Indoor Tournament Pool Champion,  Suffered Season ending Injury during pre-season of senior year.

College Major: Undecided

Other schools under consideration: Villanova University, James Madison University, Miami of Ohio University

Why did you choose this school?  "I visited some amazing colleges, but when I came to Ohio State I knew it felt right and I knew it was the best fit for me.  Ohio State has the perfect combination of academics and athletics.  The atmosphere around the campus and the school spirit is contagious.  School spirit and school pride were important to me in picking where I attended college.  I am so excited for the opportunity to attend The Ohio State University and honored to have the opportunity to be a student-athlete and represent the school."

Other comments (people to thank): "There are so many people I want to thank.  First I want to thank, Clarence Jennelle, Brian Hope, Erik Enters, Kate Scholl and the rest of the X-Caliber Coaching staff for teaching me and all their support and confidence in me as a player.  Next I would like to thank Coach Quintois and the rest of the Methacton High School Field hockey staff for a memorable high school career. I would like to thank my family for their endless support.”

Olivia Hoover – Field hockey – Harvard

Methacton senior Olivia Hoover signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and field hockey career at Harvard University during a recent ceremony at the high school that was also attended by, standing from left, Erin Martire (Club Coach), Sarah Quintois (Methacton Head Coach), Casey Leap (Methacton Assistant Coach), Maryann Harris (Methacton Assistant Coach), Beth Papada (Club Coach), Rick Hoover (Father); also, seated from left, Roxanne Hoover (Mother), Olivia Hoover, Lexi Hoover (Sister- Plays Field Hockey at UPenn)

High School: Methacton HS

Graduation Year: 2018

College Choice: Harvard University

Parents: Rick and Roxanne Hoover

Major Athletic Honors: USA U16 and U19 Indoor National Team, 2 time Junior Olympian, Junior Olympics Joel Ferrell Award, PA All-State 1st Team (Jr), PA All-State 2nd Team (Soph), NFHCA National Academic Squad, PAC 1st Team (Soph, Jr, & Senior), PAC 2nd Team (Freshman), Pottstown Mercury 1st Team (Soph & Jr), Pottstown Mercury HM (Freshman), 3X NFC’s, NIT Gold Medal, PAC Points Leader for Conference Season Games (Senior), Methacton HS Goals Leader (Soph & Jr), Methacton FH Captain.

Academic/community service: National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, Class Congress (Office held: Treasurer), Mini-THON (Office held: Captain), Play 4 The Cure (chaired and helped raised $2,345.00), RSVP Jump Start Program, Unity 5K Volunteer, Worcester Science Fair Aide, Cradles to Crayons, Corners for Cancer

College Major: Undecided, potential choices: Bio-Medical Engineering or Molecular Biology

Other schools under consideration: Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell

Why did you choose this school? “I knew from the moment I stepped on the campus for the first time that Harvard was where I wanted to go. All the players and coaches who are part of that program show so much passion for the game while still creating a great family atmosphere. That in combination with the amazing academic opportunities became an offer I could never pass up.”

Reflections on high school career: “My field hockey career at Methacton has been filled with so many incredible memories. I have had the opportunity to play with some of the most talented and overall amazing groups of girls who have become some of my best friends. Together we have made District and State runs, performed exceptionally throughout entire seasons, and won league championships. These teammates and coaches have elevated me to receive honors I would not have achieved without them and have made me into the player and person I am today. My career has been unforgettable, and for that I am incredibly grateful.”

Other comments (people to thank): “I would like to thank my entire family for the endless support they have showed me all these years. I thank my parents for never missing a game, driving me to every tournament and showcase, and teaching me everything I would ever need to know on and off the field. Thanks to my sister for giving me someone to look up to for my entire life and showing me how to never give up. Thank you Pop Pop for being my biggest fan and never missing a game. Thanks to all of my teammates for always supporting me and giving me an amazing group of friends. I also want to thank all of my coaches, Coach Quintois, Coach Harris, Coach Leap, Coach Cam, Coach Erin, Coach Beth, Coach Terri Cameron, and Coach Katelyn for shaping me into the person I am today. Thank you Conchi for making the Viperdome my home away from home for the past 10 years. The memories I have made at Viper will last a lifetime. Finally, I want to thank Coach Tjerk for believing in me and inviting me to become a part of his Harvard family.” 

Emily Owens – Field Hockey – Drexel

Methacton senior Emily Owens signs a national letter of intent to continue her academic and field hockey career at Division I Drexel University during a recent ceremony at the high school that was also attended by, seated from left, Paul Owens (Father), Emily Owens (Drexel Field Hockey), Lori Owens (Mother) and standing from left, Beth Papada (Club Coach), Erin Martire (Club Coach), Sarah Quintois (Methacton Head Coach), Casey Leap (Methacton Assistant Coach), Maryann Harris (Methacton Assistant Coach)

High School: Methacton

Graduation Year: 2018

College Choice: Drexel University

Parents: Paul and Lori Owens

Major Athletic Honors:
High School Varsity:
Senior Team Captain
PA All-State Second Team (Junior)
1st Team PAC All-Conference (Junior)
1st Team PAC All-League (Junior, Senior)
All-PAC Conference Top Goal Scoring Leader and Points Leader (Senior)
All-PAC Conference Top 10 Goal Scoring Leader and Points Leader (Junior, Sophomore)
1st Team All-Area Pottstown Mercury (Junior)
2nd Team All-Area Pottstown Mercury (Sophomore)
Philafh All-Area Top 10 Stat Leaders - Goal Leader 5 weeks in a row (Senior)
Attacker of The Week Philafh (Senior)
Max FH Class of 2018 Top 100
Senior All-Star Team Selection

USA Field Hockey Olympic Pipeline:
USA Field Hockey Junior National Camp – 2016
USA Field Hockey Junior Olympics (Houston, TX) – 2016
USA Field Hockey Stars and Stripes Elite Team – 2016
USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship Silver Medalist – 2016
USA Field Hockey National Futures Championships 2014, 2015 and 2016

Senior Stats: 4 Years Varsity  
30 goals - 7 assists – 67 points (Senior)
65 career goals -18 career assists - 148 career points
4-Hat trick games including two 4-goal games (Senior)
7-Game-Winning-Goals including PAC Championship game (Senior)

Academic/community service: Cradles-to-Crayons, YMCA Youth Field Hockey and Methacton Youth Field Hockey, Pennies for Paws, Flying-High Therapeutic horse riding, Methacton Mini Thon

College Major: Environmental Science

Other schools under consideration: St. Joseph’s, Princeton, Syracuse University

Why did you choose this school? “I choose Drexel for the amazing coaches and team atmosphere. From the first visit with the coaches and players Drexel felt like home and the coaches like family. I love being in the city and Drexel offers great academics and co-op opportunities. I knew it was the right fit for me.”

Reflections on high school career: “Some of my favorite memories are: Winning 2017 PAC Conference Championships and undefeated season in the PAC Conference my senior year, going to States in 2015 with my sister Gabby and the memories we shared on the team playing together. I’ll remember all the support of our school, friends and family cheering us on. I’m very proud of my team and what we accomplished this year. I will miss all my friends and teammates, we supported each other and formed a tight bond and it showed on the field.” 

Other comments (people to thank):“I would like give special thanks my parents for supporting me and giving me the opportunities to reach my full potential, my sister Gabby for being my role model and best friend. My family and friends who have supported me and came to all my games cheering me on. My high school coaches for all their support, Coach Sarah Quintois, Maryanne Harris, Catie “Cam” and Casey Leap. Thanks to Viper Field Hockey Club, Conchi and coaches, Coach Beth Papada and Erin Martire for taking a young girl with talent and potential to who I am today. And thanks to all the coaches that I have met and guided me on me on this amazing journey. I am especially grateful to Drexel Coaches Denise Zelenak, Nicky Hitchens and Danica Deckard for giving me the amazing opportunity to play for them and welcoming me into their field hockey family!”