Madisyn Hartley — a three-time all-state selection at Pittsfield’s Maine Central Institute and one of five finalists for Miss Maine Field Hockey in the fall — will be one of five players who will join the University of Maine’s field hockey program this fall.
The Black Bears, who finished 16-5 a year ago and were ranked 19th in the country in the final National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, will be looking to replace six seniors including three All-America East selections, one of whom was also an All-American in midfielder Casey Crowley.
The speedy Hartley scored 22 goals and notched 13 assists last season, and concluded her MCI career with 54 goals and 23 assists. She can play forward or midfield. She helped lead MCI to a 2015 state championship in Class C and a 2017 title in Class B.
She will be joined by goalkeeper Mallory Drayer from Hershey, Pennsylvania; midfielder Julia Ross from Vancouver, British Columbia; and backs Chloe Walton from North Vancouver, British Columbia, and Kiera Smith from Glasgow, Scotland.
Drayer led Hershey High School to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association to a 3A state championship last fall, and her Alley Cats Field Hockey club team was ranked No. 1 in the country a year ago.
UMaine had just one goalkeeper last year in English freshman Mia Borley, who posted a 1.36 goals-against average and a .725 save percentage.
UMaine head coach Josette Babineau said Drayer will compete with Borley for the starting job.
Ross has played for the Canadian Under 21 junior national team and is a three-time Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School Female Athlete of the Year. The multi-sport performer, who won the British Columbia U19 Alpine ski championship last winter, was the Player of the Year for her Polar Bears field hockey club team.
Walton, who can play a number of positions, is a transfer from York University in Toronto. She had six goals and an assist in 13 games for York, which went 14-2-5 and advanced to the national championship series.
Smith was a Scottish Under-18 National Development team selection and helped her Glasgow Thunder claim the Scottish Field Hockey Super Series.
Babineau said Walton and Smith will help fill the void in the back left by the departing Samantha Wagg, Ella Mosky and Emily Hindle. Wagg was a two-time all-conference pick.
Hartley and Ross will be vying for playing time in the midfield.
UMaine reached the America East championship game last season, losing to arch-rival Albany 2-0.
UMaine opens the season with an exhibition game against visiting UMass on Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. and will play its first regular season game at Rutgers (N.J.) on Aug. 30 at noon before hosting Providence on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m.