COLUMBUS, Ohio – Abby Danson, a goalie from Clifton Park, N.Y. and student at Shenendehowa Central High School, will continue her academic and athletic career as a member of the Ohio State field hockey program starting in the fall.
As a senior in 2019, Danson was a team captain and named to the Northeast All-Region first team by Max Field Hockey. Her team was a Section 2 finalist for the fourth consecutive year. Additional individual accolades included being named a Northeast Region Player to Watch, All-New York selection and voted Most Honored Player by her teammates. As a freshman in 2016, she helped her team with the New York Class A state championship, which she says was her favorite moment playing field hockey.
Danson has also found great success in the Futures program. In 2016-17 and 2017-18, she was a member of the U16 National Futures Champions. She’s also played on the AAU Junior Olympics silver medal squad and U19 Futures national champions.
In the classroom, she was a NYSPHA Scholar-Athlete who intends to major in construction systems management. Her goal is to become an architect.
Danson comes to Columbus with a unique connection to Ohio State head coach Jarred Martin. Danson’s mother, Gail, was a two-time All-American at Temple in field hockey and lacrosse (in 1988, she helped Temple win a national championship in lacrosse). She’s now the Director of Athletics at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which is Martin’s hometown.
“As soon as I stepped on campus I knew Ohio State was the school for me,” said Danson. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to play at a competitive level and for a school that’s highly thought of and respected. I believe by going to Ohio State I’ll graduate not only a better field hockey player but also a better person.”
What They’re Saying About Abby
“I am really excited for Abby to officially be on campus as a Buckeye! I have known Abby and her family for a long time as they also come from Upstate NY. I am excited that she sees Ohio State and the field hockey program as the best option for her to succeed both in her playing career and in her academic career.
Abby came from a very successful high school program, Shenendahowa High School, coached by Jeanne Frevola, and a very good club program at ADK, coached by Jen Sykes. I have seen so much growth over her high school career and she keeps wanting more. I also love that she is a three-sport athlete who found success in ice hockey and lacrosse. She already has a great understanding of habits that we value here at Ohio State such as a great work ethic, selfless team member, engaged student, and she just loves playing field hockey and competing. I can’t wait to see her career develop in the scarlet and gray.” | Ohio State head coach Jarred Martin
“Abby is a dynamic player who has had a very successful high school career and I expect her to continue this as she goes onto the collegiate level. Her work ethic and her determination to improve has been the driving force in her success. I see great things in her future.” | Jeanne Frevola, head coach at Shenendahowa High School
“Abby has shown tremendous dedication to field hockey while also balancing academics, ice hockey and lacrosse. The ADK Field Hockey Club has been very fortunate to have her as the starting U19 goalie competing in regional and national level events. Her commitment to improving on the details of the goalkeeper position while encouraging teammates around her will be greatly missed in the club. We are excited for her as she starts the next chapter in her field hockey career at The Ohio State University.” | Jennifer Sykes, Co-Director of the ADK Field Hockey Club