Kathleen Kelly Stefanelli


    Kathleen Kelly Stefanelli

    Kathleen Kelly Stefanelli, a 1994 graduate, was a dynamic and impactful athlete during her scholastic career earning eight varsity letters.  On the diamond, Kathleen pitched and recorded a career 81 wins which was the All-Time Shore Conference record at that time.  Kathleen was named to the first team All-County, All-Shore and All State teams following both her junior and senior years.

    In field hockey, Kathleen was a member of four consecutive Shore Conference Tournament Champions and two State Championship teams.  She was named to the 1st Team All-County, All-Shore, and All-State teams in her sophomore, junior and senior years. In her senior season, Kathleen was an All-American selection, invited to the National “B” Camp (one of 10 HS players selected nationwide) and had her number retired.  She played on the National Futures NJ U18 team and was an AAU Junior Olympics participant for two years.

    Upon graduation, Kathleen continued her education and field hockey career at Princeton University.  She was a three-time Academic All-Ivy League and Academic All-American.  As a four- year started for the Tigers, she helped Princeton to four Ivy League Championships, two trips to the NCAA Final Four and one appearance in the NCAA National Championship Game.  She was named captain in her junior and senior year and was a four time Mid Atlantic Regional All-American. Kathleen twice received the Thorp Van Dusen Goodfellow ’41 Field Hockey Award given to a player who demonstrates loyalty, skill, competitiveness, and love for the game.

    Kathleen currently runs a nationally ranked field hockey club, Jersey Intensity, which has helped hundreds of female athletes continue their academic and athletic careers in college as well as on the National team level.

    Recently, Kathleen was selected by Newark Star-Ledger as a member of the Team of the Decade for the 1990’s.