Feb. 14, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State field hockey head coach, announced Thursday seven student-athletes will attend The Ohio State University and play field hockey in the fall of 2003.

Meghan Brookhart (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove), Jessica Gofgosky (Marathon, N.Y./Marathon Central), Christina Hewitt (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem), Tory Krauss (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills), Lauren Kruse (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills), and Katie Murphy (Hilliard, Ohio/Bishop Watterson) signed a NCAA National Letter of Intent during the early signing period which ended February 5th. Kate Hauck (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) has accepted an offer of admission.

“When recruiting this freshman class we were looking for strong leaders on the field and in the classroom,” Wilkinson said. “Aside from their academic achievements, these student-athletes bring a great mix of speed, skill, strength and experience to our team. They come from successful high school programs and understand the meaning of hard work. Each of them value the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Brookhart is a three-year varsity letterwinner at Spring Grove High School and served as a co-captain her senior year. She was named to the Hanover Area All-Star Team twice (2001, ’02) and earned York Dispatch YAIAA Division I All-Star Team and York County Senior All-Star Team honors. Brookhart also was selected as a two-time USFHA Futures Program participant. She also participated in soccer and track and field in high school. An honors student, Brookhart is in the Top 20 percent of her class.

A First Team All-American, Gofgosky led Marathon Central High School to two-consecutive state championship titles. As a senior Gofgosky was named a regional All-American, an all-state player, a first team all-star and to the New York State Tournament All-Star Team. She started on the varsity squad all four years at Marathon Central. Gofgosky was the leading scorer in New York Section 4 with 24 goals and set a Section 4 record of 64 career assists. Gofgosky has been a participant in the Futures, Futures Elite and National Futures Tournament programs. She participated in the New York State Empire State Games three-consecutive years earning silver, bronze and gold medals respectively. Gofgosky also was a letterwinner in basketball and softball in high school. Aside from athletics, she is a four-year scholar-athlete and a member of National Honor Society. A three-year letterwinner and a 2002 captain, Hauck assisted Mount Notre Dame to the 2002 Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League Championship and was named to the All-Ohio team and district first team. She also was named the 2002 Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year for her team. After her sophomore and junior seasons, Hauck received district honorable mention accolades. She also was a three-year letterwinner in basketball and track and field in high school. In addition to athletics, Hauck is in the Top 10 percent of her high school class and has been accepted to the Ohio State honors program.

Hewitt was a four-year letterwinner at Salem High School in Virginia Beach. In 2002, she received Salem’s Coaches Award, as well as Co-Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors. A Second Team All-Beach selection in 2000, she was a Futures participant and competed for an indoor field hockey team in Virginia Beach. Hewitt also was a two-year letterwinner in softball and basketball in high school.

Krauss served as a tri-captain and received the Captain’s Award in 2002 at Ottawa Hills High School. She was an All-Ohio nominee and was a Futures Elite participant in 2002. Krauss competed for Team Detroit in the 2002 National Futures Tournament and received a silver medal. During her four years at Ottawa Hills, Krauss recorded 27 shutouts, 114 saves and posted a career record of 36-16-1. She also was a letterwinner in softball and track and field in high school.

An All-Ohio honoree in 2001 and 2002, Kruse led the Ottawa Hills High School field hockey team to the regional championship in 2002. She was a three-year letterwinner and was the leading scorer on her squad in 2001 with 15 goals and in 2002 with 10 goals. She also led the team in assists (2000-02). Kruse received her team’s MVP award in 2002 and Best Offensive Player Award in 2001 and 2002. She earned the 2002 Lindi Redman Field Hockey Award, given annually to the outstanding field hockey player at Ottawa Hills. Kruse also participated in basketball and track and field in high school. Recently, she became the first basketball player in Ottawa Hills history to reach the 1,500-point mark.

Murphy led the Bishop Watterson High School field hockey squad to a conference championship in 2001 and conference championship runner-up finish in 2002. A team captain, she received all-conference honors three-consecutive years and All-Ohio honors in 2002. Her team finished second at the National Futures tournament in 2002. Murphy was voted the CD 101 radio station Field Hockey Player of the Year by the central Ohio coaches (2002). As a senior, she led Bishop Watterson in scoring with 13 goals and 10 assists. Murphy also was a letterwinner in track and field and swimming and diving in high school. Aside from athletics she is a member of National Honor Society.