FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Isabella Joins Chargers' Field Hockey Program.
WEST HAVEN, Conn. - University of New Haven head field hockey coach Kelsi Lykens has announced the signing of 16-year old Isabella Pucillo of Orange, Conn. as the newest member of the Charger field hockey program. Bella comes to New Haven through a partnership with Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.
"Having Bella on the team means having another new member of our program who is going to help enhance our culture," Lykens said. "We're really happy to provide smiles and laughs and have someone we can make memories with, and more importantly, a lifelong friendship. We're excited to be that person for her."
Bella was officially introduced at a draft day press conference on Thursday evening at the University, during which she signed her official letter of intent. Nearly 20 of Bella's family members, along with all of her new teammates and members of the New Haven athletic department were in attendance. Now an official member of the Chargers' field hockey team, Bella will be a fixture at games, practices, team dinners, and other events. She will be with the Chargers as they kick off their third season as a varsity program this September at Ralph DellaCamera Stadium.
Bella has already gotten to enjoy several activities with her new teammates and coaches, including going bowling, doing arts and crafts, as well as attend a recent Chargers' basketball game.
"We're excited to be able to do stuff together as a team and to give her experiences she might not get otherwise," Lykens said. "I'm excited for her to get to come to some games, but also still do those things outside of the sport and to be able to bond with our team."
"We're excited to develop new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime," sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Shaker said at Thursday's press conference.
-Release provided by athletic communications staff at New Haven-
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