Field Hockey Welcomes Six Standouts

Six student-athletes will join new UC Davis head coach Tiffany Huisman this summer after signing their NLIs during the spring period.

March 6, 2014

DAVIS, Calif. - The six newest members of UC Davis Field Hockey, who signed a NLI during the spring period, have captured all-league, all-division and all-academic accolades, in addition to numerous California Interstate Federation championships.

Arriving to Davis this summer to prepare for the 2014 season are (in alphabetical order):

Madison Cohen
A two-year lacrosse and four-year field hockey letterwinner at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, Madison Cohen joins the Aggies after leading her team to a Palomar League championship and spot at CIF sectionals. Named team captain as a senior, this three-year scholar-athlete earned all-league accolades for the second straight season.

Before receiving first team accolades as a senior, Cohen received second team all-conference recognition as a junior after helping Torrey Pines finish as CIF runners-up.

In 2012-13, Cohen recorded six goals and five assists; last season, she doubled her scoring and assist totals-her 12 goals were the most scored by any defensive player in California.

As a freshman, Cohen was a member of a lacrosse roster that ran the league table, finished 19-2 and capped its season with a CIF San Diego sectional title.

Kelley Kramer
Throughout her three seasons at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, Calif., Kelley Kramer guided the Longhorns to three consecutive Avocado West League titles and semifinal playoff berths each year. 

Kramer's first season as a member of RBV's varsity field hockey program included all-Palomar League Honorable Mention after recording two goals and two assists to help her team earn the first of three consecutive league crowns.

Starting with her sophomore season, the Longhorns battled their way to the section semifinals three years in a row.

During her junior and senior seasons, Kramer scored a combined 14 goals and earned 23 assists as a center midfielder, accomplishments that led to back-to-back first team all-league honors, All-San Diego County second team recognition as a junior and first team accolades the following year

Kramer also sports Division I Field Hockey Most Valuable Player and consecutive Division I first team selections; the San Diego Union-Tribune also named her its Academic Athlete of the Year.

Remarkable achievements were not limited to the field as she also captured numerous academic awards as well. A regular Principal's Honor Roll recipient, Kramer is on track to graduate with a 4.65 GPA, a figure that ranks her No. 29 out of her 616-member class.

In addition to capping a brilliant high school career in the fall, Kramer will also end her five-year tenure with the USA Field Hockey Futures Program when she leaves San Diego for Davis.

Makheila MacDonald
Relocating from Emmaus, Penn., to UC Davis this summer after earning four field hockey and lacrosse letters at Emmaus High School is Makheila MacDonald. The school's top field hockey goalkeeper since donning the goalkeeper's gear as a freshman, MacDonald experienced a high level of success in each of her four seasons.

With MacDonald in goal, the Hornets won 102 of 106 games played.

Throughout her tenure at EHS, MacDonald helped the Hornets earn four Lehigh Valley Conference titles and two opportunities to capture a state title-hardware that is now displayed on campus thanks to Emmaus' championship run during the 2010-11.

Ranked No. 1 "Top of the Circle" as a freshman, MacDonald ended a brilliant career with all-state academic and all-American accolades.

MacDonald is currently in her second year as a member of the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society.

Briana Sooy
Hailing from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., Briana Sooy is the latest field hockey player to commit to UC Davis after competing for one of the most decorated programs in the state.

Throughout her three seasons as a defender on the varsity team, the Monarchs compiled a 48-3-4 record, collected two Blossom Valley Athletic League (BVAL) titles and three berths in the Central Coast Section (CCS) playoffs. Sandwiched between a CCS semifinal finish in 2011 and a CCS runners-up placing at this year's playoffs is a CCS championship that was earned in 2012.

That year, Archbishop Mitty finishes No. 2 in the BVAL and was awarded an identical seed in that season's playoffs. The Monarchs responded by running the table and topping No. 1 seed Los Gatos 1-0, to earn the school's first sectional title.

Including this season, the team is responsible for six of the 14 championships previously awarded to league members.

A two-time all-BVAL first team honoree in 2012 and `13, Sooy also received all-CCS second team recognition as a junior and first team accolades as a senior.

The last three years has seen Sooy compete for the San Jose Fly field hockey club team, a 2012 Cal Cup championship finalist.

During this timespan, she participated in USA Field Hockey's Futures Program, an elite training experience for high school athletes that consists of 27 hours of specialized training with some of the top coaches in the country.

Named to Archbishop Mitty's Principal's honor all four years for possessing a 3.75 GPA or higher, Sooy currently sports a perfect 4.0 average-a mark that allowed her to join the California Scholarship Federation and National Honor Society.

Nica Taglieri
A well-rounded student athlete who competed in three sports, and earned four letters at Huntington Beach High School, Nicola Taglieri will soon become the second member of her family to play competitive field hockey at the NCAA level.

Besides ending her junior season as the team's second-highest scorer, Taglieri was part of a field hockey program that ended its year atop the Sunset League standings prior to winning its CIF section.

If Taglieri is not swinging a field hockey stick, you will most likely find her with a club in her hands as one of the Oilers' top golfers. A true student-athlete-Huntington Beach High School named her one of its scholar athletes as member of the field hockey (junior year) and golf (senior) teams-Taglieri's golf teammates named her their captain for the 2013 season.

In addition to balancing her academic and athletic responsibilities, Taglieri also competed for the Mulligan Field Hockey Club (Huntington Beach) for six years. 

Kate Young
A 10-letter recipient as a member of Serra High School's field hockey, soccer and lacrosse programs, Kate Young is another San Diego standout who will join UC Davis field hockey in the fall.

With Young in its lineup the Conquistadors captured three Eastern League titles, two CIF championships and finished as CIF runners-up her senior season.

Throughout her field hockey career, Young was responsible for a combined 27 goals and 35 assists-statistics that helped her receive numerous individual awards as one of the county's elite teams.

Besides receiving all-CIF (second team as a junior, first team as a senior), Young earned all-Division and all-Eastern League first team acclaim in her final two seasons on campus. She also ended an outstanding senior season when she was named team MVP and Eastern League Player of the Year.

The Conquistadors' 2013 team captain is ranked No. 24 in her class with a 4.3 GPA.