June 21, 2018
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Tilton sisters of John Bapst to play for Division I field hockey schools

Michael C. York | BDN
Michael C. York | BDN
Sisters Emily (left) and Elise Tilton take a break during a John Bapst field hockey practice last year at the University of Maine in Orono.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Sisters Emily and Elise Tilton, who combined for 59 goals and 29 assists in leading the John Bapst High School Crusaders to a 13-3 record this past fall, are going to play Division I field hockey.

Both were all-conference and all-state selections this past fall.

Emily Tilton, who had 36 goals and 10 assists, will attend the University of Vermont on a partial scholarship in the fall and Elise, who had 23 & 19, has verbally committed to attend the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 2013.

Elise Tilton is a junior at John Bapst and will return for her senior year.

Emily Tilton, a forward who finished her career with 54 goals and 20 assists, had verbally committed to attend the University of Maine.

She would have been a recruited walk-on at Maine so she wouldn’t have received scholarship money.

“I was really torn but then Vermont offered me a partial scholarship,” said Emily. “Vermont had been my top choice. The campus is beautiful and I really liked the coach [Nicki Houghton] and the players.”

Another very important ingredient in her decision was the fact “I’ll definitely have a better opportunity to play.”

Vermont is 0-15 in America East play the past three seasons and 12-41 overall.

Maine is 8-7 and 41-17 during that same span.

“I’m really excited,” added Emily who hopes to “bulk up” during the summer in preparation for Division I field hockey.

Emily Tilton’s goal-scoring prowess should help the Catamounts, who scored only 26 goals in 17 games last fall in going 6-11 overall, 0-5 in America East.

Elise Tilton said she got to meet Penn coach Colleen Fink while attending summer field hockey camp at Princeton University (N.J.) and “really liked her.”

“And when I checked out the school last fall, I loved it,” said Elise, who is an attacking midfielder. “I got along well with the players. It’s a good fit for me.”

Elise also said “it’s going to be nice to get out of Maine and experience different places and meet new people.”

She said her decision was “less about field hockey and more about going to a good school. But I obviously love field hockey and [Fink] mentioned that I won’t have to redshirt [my freshman year]. Hopefully I’ll have a good freshman season.”

Penn is an Ivy League school and Ivy League schools can’t offer athletic scholarships but Tilton can earn financial aid based on academic achievement and need.

John Bapst coach Gina Schuck, who played Division I field hockey at Kent State University (Ohio), said she expects both girls to be productive college players.

“Emily is very strong and quick and she has an amazing shot. She also has very good game awareness,” said Schuck. “Elise is quick and is more of a distributor than a shooter. She has very good stick skills and is a great passer. She holds the school’s regular season and career records for assists. She can play anywhere.”

Elise Tilton has 44 career goals and 49 assists so far at John Bapst.

Penn has scored only 69 goals over the past three seasons and is 12-39.

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