Goalkeeper Isabelle Boles and midfielder Nicole Kruger will join the Saint Joseph’s field hockey program in time for the start of the 2017 season. Boles joins the Hawks out of Oreland, Pennsylvania, and Springfield Township High School, while Kruger hails from Bloemfontein, South Africa, and played at Eunice High School.
Boles earned four varsity letters in field hockey at Springfield Township and was named to the Suburban One All-League Second Team as both a junior and senior. She was also a three-year member of the lacrosse team, and a four-year member of the swim team, serving as the squad’s captain.
“Isabelle came highly recommended and will fill an essential role with our 2017 squad,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said. “She is ambitious and willing to take on challenges, offers a great outlook, and already embodies Hawk pride. We’re lucky to welcome her great energy.”
Kruger has earned top marks throughout her career at both Eunice and with Free State Hockey. She was called up to the senior women’s team at age 16 for the annual Interprovincial Hockey Tournament, and claimed a pair of gold medals with the squad. Kruger was also selected for the South African national U-17 team, and joined the Springboks’ high performance squad at the U-18 level.
“Nicole brings a big heart to the Hawk family, a core value we strongly believe in,” Farquhar said. “Her passion and drive for hockey has come across as a huge strength during the recruitment process. Nicole is another hard worker who will challenge herself and our play as she strives for success.”
Boles, Kruger, and the rest of the Hawks have begun preseason camp. The 2017 season begins at Temple on August 25.