Coach Dallmeyer Introduces Incoming Field Hockey Class of 2026

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head field hockey coach Caitlin Dallmeyer introduced the Mountain Hawks’ incoming class of 2026 on Monday, a class originally announced on social media over the course of this winter. The class features nine student-athletes from all over the field. Geographically, five different states are represented, along with the Netherlands.
 
Lela Boermeester • F/M • Bolton, Mass. • Nashoba Regional High School • Wizards Field Hockey Club
Boermeester was a four-year varsity player and senior captain out of Nashoba Regional High School in Massachusetts, posting 50 goals and 25 assists over her decorated career. Named a Best of 60 Senior All-Star and Midland Wachusett A League High School All-Star in 2021, Boermeester helped Nashoba to the Division 2 State Finals. Nashoba was MIAA D1 Central Mass Divisional Champions in 2018 and 2019, and was named a Worcester Telegram & Gazette Hometown Field Hockey All-Star. Earlier in her career, she was a Midland Wachusett B League High School All-Star in 2019 and named to the NFHCA High School National Academic Squad in 2020 and 2021. Boermeester was also named to the NFHCA All-Region Team. In the classroom, she was named to the National Honor Society from 2020-22.
 
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it gave me the perfect opportunity to continue both my educational and field hockey career at a high level. Once I was finally able to get onto campus, I instantly fell in love and knew it was the best fit for me.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Boermeester: “We are so happy to add another New Englander to the squad. Lela is one of the most decorated athletes coming out of the Seacoast Area and we are thrilled to have her in our program. She has a lot of experience as an attacking player and we are excited to help her craft her skills to be a threat on our attack or midfield line. ”

Zoe Day • D/M • Severna Park, Md. • Severna Park High School • SPark Field Hockey Club
Day was a two-time captain and three-year varsity starter at Severna Park High School. She helped lead her team to the Maryland 4A state championships in 2019 and 2021. She was an All-County first team honoree as a senior, and named All-County second team as a sophomore. Day was also a standout for SPark Field Hockey Club for eight years with three National Indoor Tournament wins, two Regional Club Championships and a Junior Premier Indoor League Championship. She was a Level One Futures Participant five years, and named a Max Field Hockey Player to Watch. A multi-sport athlete, Day also played two years of lacrosse and two years of tennis. Strong in the classroom, she was a four-year honor roll student, member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and completed the Project Lead The Way engineering curriculum. 

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh for the challenging academic environment and competitive field hockey program. The minute I stepped onto the beautiful campus, I knew Lehigh was the school for me.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Day: “Our first commitment in this class was Zoe Day and after meeting her and her family, we knew she would be a fit for our program in all areas. Her strength, athleticism, vision and leadership are all qualities that are easy to spot on the field. Her personality, values and ability to bring people together as a team are the ones that you can’t always see at first glance, but are critical to our team culture.”

Hannah Downs • F • Red Lion, Pa. • Red Lion Area Senior High School • Nook Field Hockey
Downs was a four-year varsity letterwinner who enjoyed strong success on and off the field. She was a three-time first team All-County honoree, finishing as the third all-time leading scorer in school history. Downs was named Team MVP in 2021 and Offensive Player of the Year award in 2020 and 2021, and garnered the Team Playmaker Award in 2018 and 2019. She was also a YAIAA Athlete of the Week in 2021, and named to the PIAA AAA All-State honorable mention team. In the classroom, Downs was ranked in the top 10 of her class, served as Class President and was a member of the National Honor Society and Distinguished Honor Roll.
 
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of their high level of academics and athletics. Once I stepped on campus, it felt like home.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Downs: “Hannah approached her recruiting process with an analytical lens, and diligence in finding her fit. We both knew early on that LUFH was going to be a fabulous fit for Hannah, just as Hannah was going to be a fabulous for LUFH. Hannah shines as an attacker on most of the teams she has played on but has the transitional speed and endurance to play in the midfield as well. She brings another layer of depth for our squad.”

Grace Gilman • GK • New Canaan, Conn. • New Canaan High School • AGH
A three-year varsity starter at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, Gillman was named to MaxPrep’s Northeast All-Region first team in 2021, among several other honors. Included was NFHCA High School All-Region and All-Southern New England. She was also named first team GameTime CT All-State and first team CHSCA/CIAC All-State. Gillman was a CIAC Senior All-Star Invitee, Fairfield County/FCIAC first team and CIAC All-State Academic first team. As a team, Gillman helped New Canaan to the Connecticut State Championship (Class L) as a senior. They finished the regular season undefeated at 22-0-0-1 and were runners-up in the FICAC (Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference) Championship. Individually, Gillman made 68 saves as a senior, allowing just seven total goals and only three in the regular season. She finished with 15 shutouts, never allowing more than one per in a game (the team finished with a 108-7 goal differential). Gillman played club field hockey with AGH, competing in the National Club Championship in 2019 (winning bronze) and 2021, and National Indoor Tournament from 2018 through 2021. Strong in the classroom, Gillman was a member of the National Honor Society, earning High Honors every quarter.
 
Why Lehigh? “When I started talking to the coaches, they made me realize that Lehigh is an amazing school with a fantastic field hockey program. When I met the team, everyone was so kind. My brother is a sophomore at Lehigh and loves it. Everything just felt like home to me.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Gilman: “Grace is no stranger to Lehigh and developed a love for LUFH while watching her brother start his collegiate experience here. We loved how decisive she was in knowing that Lehigh was the place for her and we are thrilled to add more depth to our goalkeeping position. She brings a great work rate and fun personality to a very important position within our program.”

Maddie Kandra • F/M • Crofton, Md. • South River High School • Freedom HKY
A four-year varsity player and 2021 first team All-State honoree, Kandra enjoyed plenty of individual and team success at South River High School in Maryland. In 2018, she was a member of the Maryland 4A State Championship team. As a sophomore, Kandra was named second team All-County while her club team, Freedom HKY, took fifth place at the National Club Championship. In 2020, Freedom HKY won the Junior Premier Indoor League Championship, with Kandra scoring the winning goal. The club took sixth at the National Club Championships as well, before finishing third in 2021. Along with her All-State honor as a senior with South River, she was also named Anne Arundel Coaches first team All-County, and was voted as team captain. In the classroom, Kandra was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and four-year member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Kandra was vice president of Seeking Smiles (a club that spreads awareness of mental health) and a member of the South River Traffic Stop, a club dedicated to stopping human trafficking.
 
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because of the positive atmosphere and culture the field hockey team offers. I also wanted a school that could offer me a challenge on the field and in the classroom. Lehigh is also the alma mater of my grandfather (L Carter Farish ’63), so I am honored to carry on the family legacy and it is the perfect distance from my hometown, so my family is able to watch my games in person.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Kandra: “Maddie was a late addition to this class, and well worth the wait. We have seen the damage she can do as an attacker playing against tough opponents. She comes from a very strong club program and has developed many skills that will add versatility to our attack line. She is a finisher and we are excited to have her in goal-scoring positions.”

Kiki Mes • D/M • Maastricht, The Netherlands • Porta Mosana College • Maastrichtse Hockey Club
Mes joins Sarah Bonthuis, Lotte Smorenburg and Guusje Hogendoorn as student-athletes from The Netherlands on the 2022 Mountain Hawks’ roster. Mes always played on the highest team in her age category from the age of nine, playing for the first time with a lady’s team (only athletes older than 18) at the age of 15. Mes was selected to play for a regional team at the age of 14 and was invited to try out for the regional team of the southern part of The Netherlands at the ages of 13 and 14. Captain of her U19 squad this year, Mes and her team has played at the highest level in indoor competition for several years. A multi-sport athlete, she finished second with her high school at the national school cross country race. In the classroom, Mes had six years of TTO (Bilingual education) and completed the Cambridge Advanced Exam.

Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because it gives me the opportunity to combine high-level academics and high level athletics, which is exactly what I am looking for.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Mes: “Kiki is a very fast and skilled midfielder with a lot of versatility to shift into other positional needs on the field. She comes from a very strong club system, the same club as LUFHer Lenke Havas. She will bring a great knowledge of the game and enhanced speed to our midfield.”

Maddie Noh • F/M • Worcester, Pa. • Methacton High School • Souderton Strikers
Noh impressed on and off the field at Methacton High School, serving as varsity captain in 2021. She was named PHSFHCA All-State honorable mention as a senior, also garnering Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC 10) Liberty All-Division second team. Noh captured MVP of the Junior Premier Outdoor League Challenge U19 Division. She was a Mercury All-Area honorable mention recipient in 2020 and 2021. Also in 2021, Noh garnered the Warrior Award for Methacton varsity field hockey, and was captain of her indoor club team (Souderton Strikers). As a team, Methacton enjoyed strong success during Noh’s time – with two PIAA 3A State Quarterfinal appearances and finishing top eight in the state in 2018 and 2021. Noh helped Methacton to three District 3A Semifinal appearances. With her club team, she was a four-time National Indoor Tournament Champion (2018-21, including Pool C in 2020). Noh was named a PhilaFH Student-Athlete of the Week in 2019. Strong in the classroom, she garnered multiple academic honors, including the PHSFHCA All-Academic Individual GPA award while earning a spot on the NFHCA High School National Academic Squad. Noh has been an active fundraiser for various nonprofit organizations and participant of National Honor Society. She exits her high school as a recipient of the President’s Education Award. 
 
Why Lehigh?I chose Lehigh University for its balance between academics and athletics. There is great emphasis on excelling in the classroom, as well as on the field. The coaches and teammates foster a great team culture, one that I am excited to be a part of.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Noh: “Maddie is an attacking threat in any position she plays and has a tremendous ability to creatively use her skills at a threatening speed. We have seen her consistently push herself to reach new heights and are amazed to see her continuing to advance her level of play every time we see her compete. She will be a great addition to our midfield and attack line.”

Emma Steel • F • West Chester, Pa. • Academy of Notre Dame de Namur • Horizon Field Hockey Club
Steel comes to Lehigh from Academy of Notre Dame de Namur and Horizon Field Hockey Club. Among the many awards and honors, Steel was named a Stem Scholar every year. She garnered the National Field Hockey Coaches Organization Academic Excellence Award as a junior. Steel was a member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll every year.
 
Why Lehigh? “I chose Lehigh because I felt it fit both my athletic and academic needs perfectly. Lehigh is the perfect school to be able to fully commit myself to my studies while enjoying the sport I love on the field. In addition, Lehigh’s student community was a driving reason for my choice and offers me the opportunity to be immersed in the culture.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Steel: “Emma is a relentless and fierce competitor; we have enjoyed seeing her play as both a high attacker and a connecting midfielder. Her work rate around the ball is so impressive and she consistently puts herself in positions to impact the play. She has a competitive instinct that drives her success in all areas and that will certainly benefit her and our program.”

Tess Strittmatter • D • Tabernacle, N.J. • Seneca High School • Uprise Field Hockey Club
Strittmatter was a four-year starter at defense at Seneca High School, winning four sectional titles and appearing in the state finals three times (2020 was cancelled). As a senior, she was team captain while being named first team All-Conference, first team All-State Group 2, first team All-South Jersey, second team All-State, second team All-Region and was also selected to the South Jersey Senior All-Star Game, finishing her senior year with seven goals and eight assists. Over her first three years, she was named All-Conference and All-State group two times, while winning a number of other awards. She jumped right into high school field hockey and impressed, serving as starting center back on the Group 2 state final team every year. Strittmatter was a multi-sport athlete, receiving 12 varsity letters in field hockey, track and field and swimming. She was a Group 3 state sectional qualifier in the shot put, discus and javelin – and state final qualifier in the shot put. She was a member of the National Honor Society, a student trainer in the Anti-Defamation League and was elected President of the student body her senior year. Strittmatter was named an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction, received the IMPACT award by the NFHCA and was a recipient of the NJSIAA National Girls and Women in Sports Award. She played for Uprise Field Hockey Club, placing third at Nationals her sophomore year and winning the pool at NITs her junior year.
 
Why Lehigh? “Lehigh was the first collegiate field hockey clinic I attended. It immediately felt like it was where I belonged.  The more I got to know the field hockey program and the academic opportunities, the more I was convinced that Lehigh had everything I was looking for. I am excited about my opportunity to be a part of the IDEAS program and I cannot wait to join the competitive field hockey culture that Coach Dallmeyer and the team have been building over the last few years.”
 
Coach Dallmeyer on Strittmatter: “Tess will add power to our back line, she will add options to our corner unit and be a fabulous character addition to our culture. She brings strength and vision to our outletting structure and with the mentorship of our current defenders. We look forward to her developing into a strong contributor for our program.”

Name Pos. Hometown/High School Club
Lela Boermeester F/M Bolton, Mass./Nashoba Regional High School Secoast United
Zoe Day D/M Severna Park, Md./Severna Park High School SPark Field Hockey Club
Hannah Downs F Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion Area Senior High School Nook Field Hockey
Grace Gilman GK New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan High School AGH
Maddie Kandra F/M Crofton, Md./South River High School Freedom HKY
Kiki Mes D/M Maastricht, The Netherlands/Porta Mosana College Maastrichtse Hockey Club
Maddie Noh F/M Worcester, Pa./Methacton High School Souderton Strikers
Emma Steel F West Chester, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Horizon Field Hockey Club
Tess Strittmatter D Tabernacle, N.J./Seneca High School Uprise Field Hockey Club

 

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