"This is, overall, our most talented recruiting class," Bruce said. "They are very skilled, have a lot of hockey experience and most of them come from really good club teams."
Emily Callahan (St. Louis, Mo./Villa Duchesne)
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch tabbed Callahan to their 2011 Second Team Metro League All Star list. She tallied five goals and six assists for a total of 16 points at Duchesne in 2011. Callahan piloted the Saints to a 20-4 mark her senior year. She plays with the AIM Hockey Club.
"Emily is really fast and we'll utilize her speed on the forward line," Bruce said. "She looks to get really good tips and touches on net. She's tenacious and a scrappy player and we'll utilize that."
Callahan also reached to the round of 60 in the popular television show American Idol. She has already put her vocal talents on display for the SLU community, as she performed the National Anthem before the men's basketball game versus Xavier at Chaifetz Arena, on Tuesday, Feb. 29.
Haley Chapline (Loveland, Ohio/Ursuline)
Chapline captained the Lions to an 11-7 mark her senior year en route to being named First Team All-District by the Cincinnati Enquirer. In her senior campaign, the defender paced the Southwest Ohio Field Hockey League with eight defensive saves, in addition to racking up 12 defensive interceptions. Chapline also managed to net one goal from the back. In addition to suiting up for Ursuline, she also competed for the Heartland Field Hockey club team.
"We look forward to bringing Haley into the program to add depth," Bruce said. "She will be able to provide help at a number of positions."
Sarah Goings (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson)
Goings lettered twice for the Cavaliers and garnered Second Team All-District plaudits from the Fairfax Times for the 2010 season. The utility player suited up for the Capitol Pegasus club program, which competed in the 2011 edition of the National Club Championship, Disney Showcase and National Hockey Festival. Her versatility makes her an immediate valuable asset to the team.
"Sarah will bring versatility to the team," Bruce said. "She's a back player by trade, but I'd like to see her move to the midfield or forward line to utilize her speed."
Laney Hinkebein (Lousville, Ky. /Collegiate)
Hinkebein is prepared to compete at the collegiate level after a successful prep career. She lettered three years at Collegiate. She was a 2010 All-American nominee and was MVP of her squad in 2010. Hinkebein is currently playing for the Bluegrass Premier Field Hockey Club.
"We're really excited about Laney," Bruce said. "She comes from a really good high school and club program in Louisville. She will probably see some time in the backfield, maybe pushing the midfield. She's really thoughtful with the ball and has good skill."
Corinne Murphy (Chesterfield, Mo./Lafayette)
Murphy led the charge for Lafayette as the Lancers claimed the 2011 state championship. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro selection scored four goals - including the game winner vs. rival Marquette - and distributed 18 assists. Murphy will join fellow Lafayette alum Shannon Knobloch on the roster. She plays for the Gateway Field Hockey Club.
"We're hoping to utilize her in either the midfield or backfield," Bruce said. "She has great field awareness and makes others around her better."
Tori Westhead (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron)
Westhead kept the net for the two-time Michigan state championship team at Huron. As a senior, she helped the team to an undefeated 18-0-1 mark after the River Rats posted a 17-2 record her junior year. Westhead is a member of the Pinnacle Field Hockey Club.
"We like to have players like Tori in the program who know what it takes to win," Bruce said. "We're looking for her to come in and challenge for a starting role."