Nov. 10, 2016
ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio field hockey program has signed Shannon Aumiller (Dublin, Ohio), Claire Buckey (Powell, Ohio), Annmarie Hoppel (Fredericksburg, Va.), and Emma Spinetto (Louisville, Ky.) as part of the early signing period for its 2017 recruiting class, 12th-year head coach Neil Macmillan announced Thursday (Nov. 10).
Aumiller served as team captain for Dublin Coffman High School during her senior season in 2016. She earned four varsity letters while playing for Dublin Coffman High School. Aumiller accumulated eight defensive saves and 25 goals during her four seasons of high school field hockey. She also played five years for the Coyote Field Hockey Club where she served as captain for two seasons. Born July 28, 1999, Aumiller is the daughter of Donna and Todd and she has a brother, Jimmy, and a sister, Morgan.
"The first thing that struck me about Shannon was her determination on the field," said Macmillan. "She is an athlete who is easy to coach and has a great deal of passion for Ohio University. She appears to be best suited to playing in the backfield at the college."
Buckey earned four varsity letters while playing field hockey at Olentangy Liberty High School, where she served as team captain for her junior and season seasons. Buckley captained her squad to the Ohio Field Hockey Final Four. While at Olentangy Liberty, she was coached by former Bobcat field hockey player Marianne Beshara-Flannery. Buckey also played for the Coyotes Field Hockey Club for five years. Born Aug. 15, 1998, Buckey is the daughter of Dan and Missy and has a twin sister, Hannah, and a younger sister, Grace.
"Claire is another Ohio product and comes from a program that has produced many division one players over the last few years," said Macmillan. "Claire has strong distribution skills and great awareness for defense could contribute in the midfield or backfield for Ohio."
Hoppel served as a captain during her senior season at Courtland High School, where she earned four varsity letters playing field hockey. She netted 23 goals and contributed 23 assists during her high school career. Hoppel accumulated several awards during her time at Courtland High School, including being named the Conference 19 Player of the Year in 2016, was named First Team All-Conference for three seasons and won the Field Hockey MVP Award in 2014. She also competed for NOVA Elite for seven years. Hoppel is the daughter of Kris and Jim and has a brother, Jake.
"Annmarie has a great sense for the game of hockey. She possesses a lot of speed and has attacking skills to match," said Macmillan. "She plays the game with a lot of understanding and will fit very well into our passing style and well organized defensive system."
Spinetto captained Assumption High School to a state championship during her senior season. While earning four varsity letters, Spinneto compiled 63 goals and 66 assists, including achieving career-highs during her junior season netting 22 goals and recording 16 assists. She was named to the 2015 State All-Tournament Team and played in the 2015 Junior All-Star Game and the 2016 Senior All-Star Game. She also played for Stealth for five years and IFHCK for one year. Born June 19, 1999, Spinetto is the daughter of Scott and Lee Ann and has a brother, John.
"Emma comes from a very successful program in Louisville and has developed into a very important part of her high school team," said Macmillan. "She has great individual skills and passes the ball well. She could be a very versatile player for us."
The Bobcats finished the 2016 season with six wins, including three in conference matchups. Ohio fell short of qualifying for the MAC Championship losing a three-way tie on goal differential.