UAlbany Field Hockey Adds Two More for 2016 Campaign
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany field hockey team has added two more freshmen for the 2016 season as Alyssa Curtis and Viola Von der Mühlen join the Great Danes.
These two join Baylee Burghardt, Emily Fraser and Julia Kim as the true freshmen for the 2016 Great Danes. They look to bolster a team that stands as the two-time defending America East champion and a top-10 team in the national rankings the past two years.
"We are very excited to add Alyssa and Viola to our team,” said head coach Phil Sykes. “They will add a great deal of skill and toughness to our attack and defense.”
Alyssa Curtis | Forward/Midfield | Camden, N.Y. | Camden
From central New York to upstate comes Alyssa Curtis. Earning 164 goals and 94 assists in her high school career, including 40 goals and 17 assists her senior season, Curtis led Camden to the 2013 and 2014 Section III titles and undefeated conference seasons in the CNY Central Division in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 All-Mohawk Valley Player of the Year and six-year varsity player was a four-time All-New York State All-Star, a four-time First Team Section III All-Star and a First Team League All-Star five times. Curtis plays club with the Southern Tier Storm and was selected to the U19 Team Lake Placid team in New York in the 2016 National Futures Championships.
Sykes on Curtis: “Alyssa is an opportunistic attacker who nearly broke the national scoring record in high school. She has a knack for scoring goals.”
Viola Von der Mühlen | Defense | Norderstedt, Germany | Gymnasium Heidberg
Viola Von der Mühlen will be the fourth player from Germany on the UAlbany roster. She formerly was a state champion at the U16 outdoor and U18 indoor levels plus was part of the U16 National Champion outdoor team, also competing in the U18 National Club Championships. Von der Mühlen is currently practicing with the team that plays in the 1st Bundesliga, the top level play in Germany. She plays club for UHC Hamburg, which won the German hockey title in the Women’s Regionalliga in 2015 and 2016, and is one of its youngest players.
Sykes on Von der Mühlen: “Viola comes from arguably the best youth team in Germany, UHC Hamburg. She is use to success and her competitiveness and experience will add to an already strong defensive line.”