Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley has announced the addition of six student-athletes for the 2017-18 academic year.
The six players – Jill Bolton, Ashley Dykema, Carolyn Haase, Jordyn Keller, Alexis Paone and Ali Raha – reside from four different states, including three from Virginia and one each from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
"I am very excited to welcome our 2017 freshmen class to campus this fall," Parsley said. "All of these young women are extremely talented players and exceptional people. They are going to make an immediate impact at Liberty both on and off the field."
Jill Bolton (M – Souderton, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) Bolton, a midfielder, will be joining Liberty field hockey after an accomplished four-year playing career at Dock Mennonite Academy. As a senior, Bolton scored 34 goals while adding 19 assists and 18 defensive saves. The Dock Mennonite field hockey team won the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) all four years of Bolton's career, while she went on to break the school record scoring 111 goals.
Her senior year was laden with accomplishments, including: All PA/NJ HS Region team, Max Field Hockey Top 50 HS Performer, Reporter/Montgomery Media Athlete of the Year 2016, First Team PA All-State team, First Time All-Intelligencer Team, BAL MVP and Christopher Dock MVP.
During her high school career, Bolton was a two-time first team all-state member, second team all-state selection and three-time Bicentennial Athletic League MVP. Bolton played club for Mystx FHC and won a pair of gold medals at the National Indoor Tournament U-19 and National Club Challenge U-19, as well as a silver medal at the Disney Showcase U-16.
Bolton chose Liberty over Old Dominion and Saint Joseph's. "Liberty right away felt like a ‘home away from home', with the awesome Christian atmosphere plus the great sports teams such as field hockey. I knew this was the place for me."
"Jill Bolton has been the heart and soul of Dock hockey the last four years, leading the team to four league titles, districts every year and this past year to state playoffs. She is very talented, strong mentally and physically and a smart player. Not only is Jill a gifted athlete but her will to win puts her above everyone else. She dominated high school field hockey for many year, and that will only continue into college. She leaves Dock as the all-time best hockey player. I wish her the best in years ahead. She can truly achieve anything she puts her mind to." Michelle Waldspurger, Dock Mennonite Academy Field Hockey Head Coach
"Jill had a phenomenal high school career in Pennsylvania. She showcased her ability to score goals and is a very strong and talented player. Jill is quite versatile, and we look to use her on multiple lines, this fall." Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
Ashley Dykema (D/M – Newport News, Va./Homeschooled) Dykema will be coming to the Lady Flames field hockey program with an impressive resume at the club level as well as the Team USA level.
With her club team, the Saints Hockey Rocks, Dykema has won three gold medals or championship, five silver medals and two bronze medals at various showcases.
Dykema, a defender/midfielder, has also been involved with Team USA field hockey throughout her prep career. Dykema won a pair of gold medals at the junior Olympics in both 2014 and 2015 while finishing as a silver medalist in 2013. The Newport News, Va., native has also been a part of both the U-17 and U-19 Junior National Camp.
Dyema elected Liberty over schools such as Duke, Louisville, Wake Forest and William & Mary. "My goal is to have field hockey centered around Christ. When I saw how committed the program was to glorifying God through the game, I signed to LU with absolutely no regrets."
"Ashley is a poised and experienced player that will contribute right away. She is phenomenal under pressure and possesses a comprehensive skill set that will help build our team attack and defense." Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
Carolyn Haase (M/D – Worthington, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne HS) Haase brings experience and accomplishments at the high school and club level. The midfielder/defender finished her high school career at Worthington Kilbourne on a strong note. As a senior, the Worthington, Ohio, native tallied 15 goals and eight assists while earning first team all-league, all-district, all-region and all-state merits.
Haase, a midfielder/defender, chose Liberty over the likes of Ohio, Harvard and California. "Upon choosing to play field hockey at Liberty, I knew that it was the right place for me. I am so excited that I can be a part of a great team while putting God at the center of my college experience."
Haase has played club field hockey for Field Hockey Life, with her top accomplishment being a gold medal at Festival 2015.
"Carolyn was a delight to coach. She is a force to be reckoned with both on attack and defense. Not only is she an incredible field hockey player, Carolyn is a kind person. The team and I could look to her to always be doing the right thing on and off the field. We are looking forward to following Carolyn and her college career!" Alex Street, Worthington Kilbourne High School Field Hockey Head Coach
"Carolyn is a skilled player with good hands and attacking skills. She will be able to contribute in the midfield and on defense for us. I look forward to working with Carolyn and watching her progress over the next four years!" Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
Jordyn Keller (F/M – Yorktown, Va./York HS) Keller, a forward/midfielder, totaled 60 goals and 28 assists during her four-year high school career at York High School. She was a two-time first team all-state player as well as a four-time all-conference and all-region player.
Keller played club hockey for Focus Field Hockey out of Portsmouth, Va. Her U-19 club team was the Region Club Champion in 2015, while also winning multiple tournaments along the way.
Keller opted to attend Liberty over VCU, Boston, Ball State and James Madison.
"Jordyn is an exciting athlete with a good basic skill set. She is physically strong and mentally mature, which will help our program in all areas. I look forward to coaching Jordyn and watching her progression over the next four years." Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
Alexis Paone (M – Marmora, N.J./Ocean City HS) Paone comes to Liberty from a winning tradition at Ocean City High School. In her four years at Ocean City, the team posted an 84-10 overall and 54-2 mark in Cape Atlantic League (CAL) play and won the CAL title all four years.
Paone was named to the CAL First Team on two occasions and CAL Second Team once. As a senior, the midfielder led the Ocean City Red Raiders to a Group III state championship, while she was a part of a state championship team as a freshman as well. As a sophomore and junior, Paone's squad was the Group III South Jersey champion. The midfielder totaled 19 goals and 19 assists for Ocean City High School and currently plays for the Uprise Field Hockey Club.
Paone decided on Liberty over Villanova. "I am thankful and blessed to have the opportunity to play for Liberty, and I am so excited."
"This team would not have been the same without her play, hustle, heart and dedication. She is the complete package." Cory Terry, Ocean City High School Field Hockey Head Coach
"I am so excited to have Alexis as a part of the Liberty Field Hockey. She has a fun-loving personality and an ability to bring out the best in people. Alexis is a multisport athlete with an outstanding work ethic. She will unquestionably drive up the level of play in our program." Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
Ali Raha (D – Newport News, Va./Homeschooled) Raha played club field hockey for the Hawks Premier Field Hockey Club. The Newport News, Va., native was the club team captain for her junior and senior years. Raha won a National Futures Championship as a junior and freshman. She was also deemed a Level 1 Futures player each of the past three years.
"Signing with Liberty was a major accomplishment in my field hockey career. Field hockey has been a part of my life for 11 years, and Christ has been the center of it for 13," Raha said. "The opportunity to play field hockey while growing in my faith was the absolute deciding factor for me. I'm excited to be a witness on and off the field for the next four years.
"Ali demonstrated not only great passion for the game of field hockey but great leadership. On the field and off, she breathes positivity and she always finds a way to uplift the team." Elly Chipman, Hawks Premier Field Hockey Club Head Coach
"Ali is a scrappy player and a great athlete with natural speed. I am excited to work with her both on and off the field, because her passion for Jesus is evident in all she does. I am confident that Ali will make a tremendous mark on the program and beyond." Nikki Parsley, Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach
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