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Feb. 25, 2005

The Virginia field hockey program announced this week that six players have committed to join the Cavalier program this fall. Sara Confer (Plymouth, PA), Margaretha Ehret (Philadelphia, PA), Leigh Giacco (Wilmington, DE), Anne Cabot Ishon (Hampton, VA), and Lucy Meyers (Lititz, PA) will form the nucleus of the first-year class for the 2005 UVa field hockey team.

“We are very excited about these six players,” said head coach Jess Wilk. “They have all established themselves at the high school level both on and off the field and we are looking forward to their continued academic and athletic development here at the University of Virginia. They join a solid core of returning players and will make an impact on this program.”Sara Confer (Plymouth, PA/Wyoming Valley West) helped the Spartans win the AAA Pennsylvania state title in 2003 and four consecutive berths in the District II Championship game, winning titles 2001-2003. A first-team All-State selection in 2003 and 2004, Confer is a four-year starter on the varsity team and participated in Futures from 2000-2002 and in Futures Elite from 2003-2005. Confer was selected to the USA team for the USA-Canada Challenge game in 2004 and attended USFHA’s B-Camp in that same year. Her National Futures team won a gold medal in 2004 after taking the silver in 2003.

Margaretha Ehret (Philadelphia, PA/The William Penn Charter School) set the record for goals in a career at The William Penn Charter School as the Quakers won the 2004 League Championship for their second consecutive league title. A starter on the varsity team since the eighth grade, Ehret earned All-League honorable mention as a 10th grader before earning first-team honors as a junior and a senior as she led the team in both goals and assists in both of her final two seasons. The MVP of the 2003 annual Homecoming Day game and the 2004 squad, Ehret was a member of the 2004 National Indoor Tournament Pool B Champions with the Mystx Storm. She was also the captain of the 2004 field hockey team and is serving in the same capacity for the school’s swimming and lacrosse teams during the remainder of her senior year.

Leigh Giacco (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill) earned first-team All-State honors as she helped Tower Hill win three state championships in her four years. A team captain as a senior, Giacco was a two-time participant in National Futures and a two-time Futures elite selection. Giacco also won four letters in basketball and soccer and was a two-time All-State selection in soccer.

Anne Cabot Ishon (Hampton, VA/Kecoughtan) was a regional All-American in 2003 after helping the US Under-16 National Team to a bronze medal at the International Youth Easter Tournament in The Netherlands in that same year. In 2004, Ishon was named to the USFHA Canadian-American Challenge team. Ishon also participated in the Junior Olympics three times, earning a bronze medal in 2002 and 2003. A four-time Futures invitee, Ishon was also named to the Futures Elite program four times. She is a five-time National Festival participant and a four-time National Indoor Tournament participant. In 2003 she was named the Most Outstanding Female High School Athlete by the Peninsula Sports Club.

Lucy Meyers (Lititz, PA/Warwick) won a gold medal at the 2003 Junior Olympics and the National Futures Tournament. A bronze medalist at the 2002 and 2004 Keystone State games, Meyers is a two-time Festival participant. As a team captain 2004, she also earned All-State and All-League honors. She was also a 2003 National Indoor Tournament participant.

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