Field Hockey Welcomes Eight Newcomers

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Following a record-setting season as the 2021 Big Ten Tournament Champions, Rutgers field hockey will welcome eight newcomers to the squad ahead of next season. The group includes four New Jersey players and four international student-athletes (three from the Netherlands and one from Argentina). The newest Scarlet Knights are Natalie Arnold, Erica Babitts, Marique Dieudonne, Dani Gindville, Vicky Jure, Indy van Ek, Olivia Weir and Puck Winter. The newcomers will look to make their debut as Rutgers opens the season next Friday, August 26, hosting Duke in the “Battle on the Banks” Tournament. 
#3 Natalie Arnold

East Brunswick, N.J. / East Brunswick HS



Natalie Arnold

Prior to Rutgers: Two-time First Team All-Conference selection … 2021 GMC Player of the Year, posting 33 goals and 18 assists … named Second Team Group 4 … as a senior, was team captain and team’s Offensive Player of the Year … led team to first GMC Conference title in 10 years … earned multiple Conference Player of the Week accolades from … selected to 2021 Nexus Championships

Personal: Also played lacrosse … selected to Junior PGA All-Star League for New Jersey … parents are Arthur and Carrieann Arnold … mother was on the diving team at Rutgers in the Class of ’98 … has one younger sister, Samantha

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Arnold: “Natalie is a local NJ product who will add a defensive strength to our backline. Solid and dependable with a determination to succeed, I know she will be an asset to the team now and in the future.”


#31 Erica Babitts

Ramsey, N.J. / Ramsey HS



Erica Babitts

Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity starter, compiling 49 career shutouts, saving 352 of 403 career shots faced … three-time First Team All-North Jersey, three-time First Team All-League and two-time First Team All-County selection … also named Second Team All-Country in 2019 … Third Team Group 2 All-State selection … team captain in 2021 … twice nominated for Field Hockey Player of the Year … three-time USA Field Hockey Association National Futures Tournament Selection and selected for USA Field Hockey Association Junior Olympics Selection in 2018 … named to 100 Players to Watch for Class of 2022 by Max Preps … twice qualified for U16 National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament and qualified three-times for U19 National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament 2018, 2019 & 2020 … won U19 National Indoor Tournament Pool in 2019

Personal: Also played softball … parents are Katherine and Richard Babitts … has two older siblings, Konnor Shetler and Kassidy Shetler … older sister, Kassidy Shetler, played at RU for five seasons from 2017 to 2021, playing in 93 games (76 starts) with 13 goals … will represent the fifth pair of sisters to play for RU field hockey under head coach Meredith Civico, joining Danielle and Devon Freshnock, Jenna and Alyssa Bull, Sarah and Abby Regn and Gianna and Isabella Mancini… father wrestled for Southern Connecticut State, where he was a Division II All-American in 1983

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Babitts: “Erica is a talented goalkeeper who we know will thrive in a high-performance environment. An excellent shot stopper, she will push the rest of the team to be their very best.”


#7 Marique Dieudonne

Asten, Netherlands / Varendonck College



Marique Dieudonne

Prior to Rutgers: Was captain for the U-16 and U-18 team at HC Oranje Rood … helped guide team to U-18 Dutch Championship and Second Place at the Southern Indoor Championship … selected to train with the Dutch National U-16 and U-18 team … graduated high school in 2019 and earned undergraduate degree following, will earn Master’s Degree at Rutgers

Personal: Parents are Lilianne Dieudonné and Feico Dieudonné … has two siblings, Isabelle and Wietze … entire family plays field hockey … dad was a goalkeeper and mother was and attacker, with both siblings still playing … also plays padel and enjoys surfing

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Dieudonne: “A graduate student, Marique will bring a level of experience and maturity to the team. She is a versatile player and a natural goal scorer. We are delighted she has joined us at Rutgers.”


#11 Dani Gindville

Marlton, N.J. / Cherokee HS



Dani Gindville

Prior to Rutgers: Four-year starter … First Team All-Conference and First Team All-South Jersey as a senior … as a junior, named team captain, to All-Area Team and was top scorer in New Jersey … named Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore … posted 51 goals and 46 assists in high school career … set high school’s single season assists record

Personal: Also played basketball and track & field … twice named to National Honor Society … parents are Cassie Musselman and Dan Gindville … mother played field hockey at the University of Delaware … has four siblings: Arianna Luby, Camille Luby, Caden Luby and Evyn Gindville

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Gindville: “Another New Jersey native, Dani is a true athlete. Quick and strong, she is a highly adaptable player who can play multiple positions. We are excited for her future.”

#27 Vicky Jure

Funes, Argentina / Colegio San Bartolome



Vicky Jure

Prior to Rutgers: Competed in the national and regional tournaments of the Asociacion de Hockey de Litoral for four straight years (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) … named team’s “Distinguished Player” while competing with club team six different times …helped team claim championship with U-16 and U-18 programs while serving as team’s ‘sub-captain’ … named 2019 “Best Partner” by teammates

Personal: Parents are Maria Ines Scaglia and Sergio Jure … has two older brothers, Franco and Martin, and a twin sister, Valentina … also competed in handball, softball, swimming and track

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Jure: “A fun and creative player, Vicky can add a little of the unexpected. Comfortable in a variety of positions, she is a player who knows the game and who we can trust to always perform.”

#14 Indy van Ek

Deventer, Netherlands / Centre for Sports and Education



Indy van Ek

Prior to Rutgers: Excelled in international competition in Netherlands … teammate as youth with Rutgers classmate Puck Winter as well as teammate Iris Langejans

Personal: Parents are Gertjan van Ek-Kok and Caroline van Ek-Ko … has two siblings, Finn and Brett … studies sport and marketing in Netherlands

Head Coach Meredith Civico on van Ek: “Indy is creative and a quick player who can play as both a forward and midfielder. Aside from being extremely talented technically, she also has an overriding will to win.”

#12 Olivia Weir

Princeton, N.J. / Princeton HS



Olivia Weir

Prior to Rutgers: Four-year varsity player … scored 58 goals and tallied 19 assists over her career … posted 36 goals and 12 assists as senior team captain, en route to being named First Team Central Jersey and CVC Midfielder of the Year … also named All-Area and All-CVC, Second Team Group 4 … led team to undefeated record, only undefeated team in CVC … was two-time All-CVC First Team selection … team’s Offensive MVP and selected to All-Star Game … named one of’s Top 100 Seniors

Personal: Member of French Honor Society … parents are Ian and Ashley Weir … has two younger siblings, Tristan and Justin … was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, moving to New Jersey at age 14 … father grew up playing field hockey in South Africa, inspiring her to take up the sport … was also a competitive tennis player while in South Africa

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Weir: “Olivia scored many goals while at high school here in New Jersey and I think she can continue that trend in the Big Ten. With a powerful hit on both her forehand and backhand, she will be a real threat in our opponent’s circle.”

#21 Puck Winter

Deventer, Netherlands / Centre for Sports and Education



Puck Winter

Prior to Rutgers: Played for Dutch U-15 and U-16 team in contests across Europe … played for Dutch Hoofdklasse at SCHC on their First Team as a 16-year-old … trains with Dutch A- internationals at SCHC … teammate as youth with Rutgers classmate Indy van Ek as well as teammate Iris Langejans

Personal: Parents are Michael and Jeantine … has two siblings, Mette and Karlijn … sister, Mette, plays for First Team of SCHC, a Dutch Hoofdklasse Top 3 Club (highest level in the Netherlands) and plays for Dutch U-21 team

Head Coach Meredith Civico on Winter: “We were so fortunate to have Puck join us at Rutgers this past spring. Puck is talented, hardworking and determined. I have been so impressed with her both on and off the hockey pitch and we are so happy she will be showcasing her considerable talents as a Scarlet Knight.”

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