The Saint Joseph’s field hockey program will welcome a number of new faces before the upcoming fall season. Among the newest additions are incoming freshmen Aiden Drabick, Natalie Heshmat, and Lanie Stem.
Drabick graduated from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania, where she helped lead the Trojans to the quarterfinals of the district playoffs in 2020 with a hat trick in a 3-2 win in first round. As a senior, she was named to the All-State First Team.
A member of the vaunted WC Eagles club program, Drabick competed in the National Indoor Tournament as well as both the Regional and National Club Championships and was part of title-winning squads in all three competitions.
Heshmat comes to SJU from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, where she helped lead the Bulldogs to the state semifinals in 2018, as well as three consecutive division championships. The forward was named to both the All-Division and All-County First Teams in 2019.
On the club side, Heshmat has competed in the regional Club Championships, the NIT, and the Disney Showcase as a member of the Washington Wolves program. Her U-16 squad claimed the gold medal in its pool at the NIT in 2019.
“I loved the beautiful campus and the location was perfect,” Heshmat said of SJU. “I am so excited to be a part of such a competitive team coached by an amazing coaching staff as well as further my academic career at Saint Joseph’s.”
Stem is a product of Easton Area High School in Easton, Pa., where the Red Rovers were four-time District finalists and the 2020 EPC Northampton County Champions. The National Honor Society student was also a part of the Main Line Mayhem club program, where her U-19 team won its pool at the 2018 Shooting Star showcase and the 2019 NIT.
The forward also participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, playing in four National Futures Championships, where she earned a gold medal, two silvers, and a bronze. Stem was selected for the Stars and Stripes Game, the Junior National Camp, and the Junior Olympics in 2018.
“Saint Joseph’s has really good options for fields of study and a beautiful campus that is the perfect distance from home,” Stem said. “I am excited to bring my game to the next level with the fantastic coaching staff and teammates that share my desire to work hard and have fun.”
The trio joins a squad that reached its fifth consecutive Atlantic 10 championship game in April. Under head coach Lynn Farquhar, the Hawks have won three Atlantic 10 tournaments titles as well as four regular season crowns, reached the top 10 in both the NCAA RPI and NFHCA Coaches Poll, and made the program’s first-ever appearances in the NCAA Tournament.