The Liberty field hockey program has announced the addition of six student-athletes in its 2018 recruiting class.
The six players – Darby Brennan, Lizzie Hamlett, Madalyn Hosler, Alivia Klopp, Sophie McDonald and Ashlyn Rogers – join the Lady Flames from three different states and two different countries (United States and Zimbabwe).
Darby Brennan (F/M – Milford, Del./Milford Senior HS) Brennan, a forward/midfielder, played high school field hockey for Milford Senior High School in Milford, Del. She garnered first team all-state, first team all-conference and team MVP honors as a senior while compiling five goals, nine assists and four defensive saves in 16 contests.
She also garnered the same honors as a junior while posting eight goals and 16 assists. As a sophomore, Brennan earned first team all-conference and honorable mention all-state recognition.
Brennan played at the club level for Gotta Love it Oranje, which won the 2017 Junior Premier Hockey (JPOL) championship as well as the 2017 USA Indoor title. She says her top field hockey moment was taking Cape Henlopen to overtime during her junior season. Brennan is eager to get her career at Liberty started.
"This is an incredible opportunity, and I am so thankful for all who have helped me get here. There is no other place I would rather be," Brennan stated. "This team has a special connection under great leadership, and I can't wait to be a part of it."
Lizzie Hamlett (F/M – Fredericksburg, Va./James Monroe HS) Hamlett, a forward/midfielder, comes to Liberty from northern Virginia's James Monroe High School, located just over 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C. An accomplished scorer at the prep level, Hamlett totaled 110 goals for the James Monroe Yellow Jackets. As a senior, she poured in 27 goals while leading her team to a 3A state title and earning first team all-state, all-region and all-area.
During her time at James Monroe, she was a four-time first team all-region, three-time first team all-state, two-time Conference 19 Player of the Year and two-time Region 4A East Player of the Year.
Hamlett played club field hockey for High Voltage Field Hockey. She guided her team to three National Futures championships (2013-15), two National Hockey Festival titles (2014, 2015) and a Junior Premier Hockey crown (2016).
Hamlett says her favorite field hockey moment was a regional championship overtime game she played in as a sophomore. In that match, Hamlett's older sister found her for a goal. The Fredericksburg, Va., native is excited to get her time at Liberty started.
"I've dreamed of playing DI field hockey since I started playing the sport at eight years old. I can't wait to wear the LU uniform and make other dreams come true, like winning a national championship," Hamlett said.
"Lizzie has been a player that every coach wants on their team. She has a passion for field hockey that sets her apart from most players. Her passion and work ethic have pushed her to be the player she is today and certainly make her an asset to the Lady Flames of Liberty. We have been honored to watch her grow into the athlete and student she is today and are so proud of her accomplishments on and off the field. We love her!" James Monroe High School Coaches Jamie Tierney and Lindsey Heppner
Madalyn Hosler (M – Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central HS) Hosler, a midfielder, will be joining the Lady Flames following a successful four-year career at Manheim Central High School in Manheim, Pa., just north of Lancaster, Pa. In her four years of high school field hockey, she tallied 56 goals while helping her team to the state playoffs in each season.
As a senior, Hosler led the Manheim Central Barons to a 17-8 record and second round appearance in the state tournament. For her efforts, Hosler earned first team All-Star and academic all-star accolades while also placing on the Lancaster Lebanon League All-Star team. She earned all-star honors each year at Manheim Central.
Hosler has also competed for the X-Calibur Field Hockey Club. The team has qualified for the NITs each year and won the pool. Her team has also participated in the Junior Premier Outdoor league, Regional Club Championship and National Club Championship. Individually, Hosler has piled up the honors for her club team, including: best all-around player at international tournament in the Netherlands, Phila Max top 50 and JNC Futures program selection.
Hosler says her favorite field hockey memories have been being able to play with her two cousins and sister. The Pennsylvania native, who was also considering Delaware, James Madison and Boston College, is excited to begin her time at Liberty.
"Signing with Liberty has made me feel blessed and eager for my next chapter in life," Hosler stated. "I know I will be surrounded by coaches and teammates who will push me on the field, challenge me in my studies and ultimately grow with me in my faith."
Alivia Klopp (F/M – Bernville, Pa./Tulpehocken HS) The second newcomer from Pennsylvania, Klopp, a forward/midfielder, will be coming to the Liberty field hockey program from Tulpehocken High School in Bernville, Pa., a town about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia. A prolific scorer at the high school level, Klopp scored 130 goals in four seasons for the Tulpehocken Trojans, including a career-best 52 in 24 games as a senior. Klopp earned first team all-state honors as a senior while guiding her team to the state tournament.
Klopp's 130 goals are a new county record. As a senior, she also earned all-county honors and made the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association (PHSFCA) Senior Academic team. She also earned first team all-state recognition as a junior and second team all-state honors as a sophomore.
Klopp says her favorite field hockey moments were scoring her 100th career goal and also breaking the Berks County scoring record as a senior. The Pennsylvania native, who also considered attending James Madison and Miami (Ohio), is ready for the opportunity to play for the Liberty Lady Flames.
"I have been visiting Liberty's campus since I was in eighth grade, and now being able to sign with Liberty has been a wonderful opportunity," she said. "I am ready to continue my athletic and academic careers and continue to grow in my faith."
"Alivia is a versatile player with a knack for finding the back of the net in a variety of scoring situations. Her contributions on the attack are exciting to watch and make her a valuable asset to her team." Tupelohocken High School Field Hockey Head Coach Amber Boyer
Sophie McDonald (F – Harare, Zimbabwe/St. Anne's Diocesan College) Hailing from Zimbabwe, McDonald competed at the prep level for St. Anne's Diocesan College. As a senior, she guided her team to a second place finish at the St. Mary's Hockey Festival and finished tied for second on the squad in goals. The St. Anne's team also placed third at the Top 12 Tournament featuring the top 12 schools in the country.
She says her most memorable field hockey experience was when she began playing the game at a young age. McDonald, who also considered attending the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), American, Quinnipiac, Brenau and Baker, is ready for the next step in her academic and athletic career.
"Signing with Liberty is the greatest step I have ever taken, but I am ecstatic to make this leap and begin a new chapter of my life as a Lady Flame," McDonald said. "I know that God has a plan for me, and I am excited to see where he leads me."
"Sophie is a strong, determined and talented young player with a wonderful attitude towards the game, the officials and her teammates. She is a coachable girl, technically proficient with a positive attitude and seeking to have fun." South African's Men's Coach Carlos Pereira
Ashlyn Rogers (M/D – Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River HS) Rogers, a midfielder/defender, will be joining the Liberty field hockey program after a four-year playing career at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, Va.
Rogers tallied over 100 points during her time with the Nansemond River Warriors. She also played at the club level for Saints Hockey Rocks. Rogers' squad captured a regional club cup at the U16 level and a third place finish at the national club cup. She was named MVP for the Junior Premier Hockey (JPOL), which she describes as her favorite field hockey moment. Rogers, who also considered attending Wake Forest and VCU, is eager to begin her Liberty career.
"Signing with Liberty was an exciting moment for me," Rogers stated. "I am thrilled to officially be a Flame and to further my education and athletic experience all while growing in God."