DURHAM, N.H. – Robin Balducci, head coach of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team, has announced that both Ashley Mendonca (Brampton, Ontario) and Jessica Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) have signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UNH and play for the Wildcats' field hockey program.
"We are excited about the addition of Ashley and Jessica to our program," said Balducci, who has led UNH to four consecutive America East Coaching Staff of the Year awards. "Both will bring a high level of tactical and technical hockey to the Wildcats and I anticipate they will make an immediate impact upon arriving in Durham this fall.
"Ashley and Jessica have played at a very high level both within their respective club programs and at the National Development level as well," Balducci added.
Mendonca, a 5-foot-9 defender, comes to UNH from Cardinal Leger Catholic Secondary School. She has also played on the Junior National Squad the past two years. Each of the last two years, Mendonca led her A & C Field Hockey club team to a bronze medal national club championship, and she won a silver medal with the indoor team at the Scarborough Cup. She has also been a sliver medalist at the Field Hockey Canada National Championship with the Ontario Provincial Team four consecutive years.
Schmidt is a 5-foot-7 back out of Central Bucks South High School, where she was a two-time selection to the All Suburban One Second Team. She helped lead the Titans to the PIAA District One title as a junior in 2012 and to a runner-up finish in 2013. As a member of the True North Field Hockey Club, Schmidt was a runner-up at the 2013 Festival and gold medalist at the 2012 Festival. She also has experience with the USA Indoor field hockey team and the Mystx club.
The duo joins a UNH field hockey team captured the America East regular-season crown for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 by completing conference play with a perfect 5-0 record for the second straight year and third time in four years.
The Wildcats also won the America East Championship title and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. UNH finished the 2013 season with a 15-7 record to mark the fifth highest win total in the program's 39-year history.