Twelve student-athletes will join Head Coach Jodi Murphy and Liberty field hockey, enrolling at Liberty for the 2012-13 academic year.
Liberty field hockey Head Coach Jodi Murphy is pleased to announce the program's second signing class, as a dozen student-athletes have penned a national letter of intent to attend Liberty University for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
The class of 12 features six student-athletes from Pennsylvania, which is heralded for some of the best field hockey in the nation. Two more hail from the Commonwealth of Virginia, while Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey are also represented by the signees.
Murphy on signing class: "With the inaugural season under our belt, we welcome this second class of student-athletes with great expectation. This group of young ladies will come in right away and make an impact on the Kingdom as well as our new field hockey program. We are blessed to have a group of young ladies that have competed in some of the top field hockey tournaments in our nation and have garnered national recognition. Like the 2011 class of signees, these girls have a vested interest in being pioneers—helping to build this program to national prominence. I anticipate strong leadership and passion coming from this group. Of the 12 signees, 11 of them held captain roles this past fall. Overall, they will be an excellent addition to the Flames field hockey family."
Jacqueline Albert (M, Pawcatuck, Conn.) Albert will join the Lady Flames from one of the most successful field hockey programs in the state of Connecticut, as Stonington has won 20 of the last 21 Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC) championships. Despite just picking up the game as a freshman in high school, Albert became a strong part of the Bears' defense as a midfielder, while also chipping in a pair of goals and three assists during her senior year when she served as a team captain. Albert is a two-time All-ECC member, a two-time All-Area selection and a two-time All-State second team honoree, winning each award in 2010 and 2011. At the close of her senior season, Albert was named The Day's 2011 All-Area Field Hockey Player of the Year.
Albert is a multi-sport athlete, being a three-year letterwinner in indoor track and a four-year letterwinner in softball. She has also earned All-ECC honors in softball, playing second base. Albert is a National Honor Society member, while she also participates in band and student government.
Murphy on Albert: Jackie has an infectious love for the Lord and field hockey. Her ability to bring people together for a common purpose is impressive. She is a leader that is bold in her convictions and will play an integral part in developing our team culture.
Erin Bartley (M, Fredericksburg, Va.) As a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter at Chancellor High School, Bartley posted 42 goals and 43 assists during her high school career. After being a freshman on Chancellor's undefeated 2008 Battlefield District regular-season championship team, the 5-8 midfielder helped her team rise to the top again as a senior captain. In 2011, the Chargers were Battlefield District regular-season and tournament champions. The team advanced to the Virginia AA State semifinals and finished the year with a 21-3 record. Bartley is a two-time All-Battlefield District first team member, and earned first team All-Region 1 and first team VHSCA All-State honors as a senior.
Bartley also lettered two years in tennis and one year in each swimming and track.
Murphy on Bartley: Erin is a great addition to this class. She has a heart to serve others and has strong leadership in her background. Her enthusiasm for competition and self-improvement is admirable and rare.
Abbey Basom (M, Lancaster, Pa.) Basom is both a three-year letterwinner and starter from Lancaster Mennonite High School and the first of three Liberty signees who played in the highly competitive Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League during their high school careers. After being named as an L-L League second team All-Star during her first season, Basom was named an L-L League first team All-Star as a junior and senior. The 5-5 midfielder was also named to the L-L All-League team and was an All-State first team selection for her performance as a senior captain for the Blazers. During her junior season in 2010, Lancaster Mennonite finished as L-L League runners-up.
Basom has participated in the Disney Showcase (Lanco Premier team, 2010) and the National Indoor Tournament (NIT). Basom is also an L-L League honoree in girls soccer, being a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for Lancaster Mennonite's girls soccer team. Outside of her team sports, Basom is active in her high school's student council.
Murphy on Basom: Abbey possesses great skill on both sides of the ball. She is a strong defender and has great distribution skills. Both will enable her to earn a lot of minutes in our midfield next fall.
Elly Chipman (D, Hampton, Va.) Chipman, a homeschool student, has been competing in club field hockey since 2007. Playing both defense and midfield, Chipman has participated in national tournaments including the NIT, the Disney Showcase and the National Festival. Futures competition has also been a large part of Chimpan's training, playing in multiple tournaments with the organization since 2010. She has also been a Virginia Commonwealth Games participant every year since 2007.
Murphy on Chipman: Elly is a young lady that I have seen mature and emerge over the last six years. She is first and foremost a student of the game that has invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in developing her hockey mind. Her self-discipline and commitment to excellence will play a vital role in creating a competitive environment.
Mallory Cuccio (GK, Colorado Springs, Colo.) Cuccio is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Lewis Palmer High School, where she compiled an 18-5-3 record as starting goalkeeper. Helping her team to the state semifinals as a senior captain, Cuccio led all goalies in Colorado with 11 shutouts, a goals-against average of .411 and a save percentage of .911. After being a Colorado All-State honorable mention in 2010, Cuccio was a second team selection in 2011, and also made the senior all-state team in 2011.
Cuccio has also competed with multiple club teams since 2009, competing in the ESPN Rise Games, NIT, Disney Showcase and several regional tournaments.
Murphy on Cuccio: Mallory is a young goalkeeper with a wealth of potential. Her time spent training under current goalkeeper, Ann Jefferis, will be instrumental in her future success. She has a strong desire to learn and expand her game.
Hannah Doherty (M/F, Little Silver, N.J.) Doherty is a four-year letterwinner and starter at Red Bank Regional High School. The 5-7 midfielder/forward was selected All-Division and participated in an area all-star game. Doherty served as team captain during her final two seasons, while leading the Bucs in goals and assists. Aside from her high school experience, Doherty has played multiple years of club field hockey. Doherty also lettered and started three years on her high school lacrosse team.
Murphy on Doherty: Hannah will quickly transition to the collegiate game and impact our team success. I am excited about Hannah's ability to be a key player in our attacking line. She possesses a knack for scoring goals and a stubborn commitment to training hard and at the highest level.
Erin Dombach (D, Lancaster, Pa.) Dombach is the second signee from Pennsylvania's L-L League, being a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lampeter-Strasburg. After being an L-L League second team All-Star in 2009 and 2010, she was named to the first team during her senior season in 2011, in which she also served as a team captain. The 5-6 defender has had success in club field hockey, competing with Lanco Premier (2008) and PennLanco (2010-11). After placing third in its pool at the NIT last year, Dombach will return to the event in March 2012 with PennLanco once again.
Dombach has also lettered three years in track & field, earning MVP honors in 2010 and being elected as a captain for the 2012 season. She has qualified for the Pennsylvania state meet twice.
Murphy on Dombach: Erin possesses great speed, aptitude and intellect. Each of these characteristics will benefit our program right away. She is a hard worker with an excellent work ethic.
Sarah Gipe (F, Greencastle, Pa.) Gipe proved to be a pivotal part of resurrecting Greencastle-Antrim's field hockey program, being a four-year starter and letterwinner. Gipe led her team in scoring each season, and helped the Blue Devils qualify for the District 3 Class AA tournament as a sophomore for the first time in 14 years. In her final two seasons, the team posted a combined 27-9 record and advanced to the district tournament both times, earning a Colonial Division championship in 2010. Gipe was a three-time first team selection and one-time Player of the Year, as named by both the Public Opinion Newspaper and the Mid-Penn Colonial Division. She completed her high school career with 45 goals and 49 assists. Gipe has also competed at the National Festival twice and at the NIT on three occasions.
Also a two-year letterwinner and starter in soccer, Gipe was a team captain as a junior and was a Public Opinion Newspaper first team selection.
Murphy on Gipe: Sarah is a young lady that will be one to watch in the coming years. She has experience in building programs and a strong desire to be a catalyst of growth here at Liberty. She is a natural goal scorer and true competitor. Her passion for the Lord and field hockey will serve to be a lethal combination.
Hannah Goldsborough (F, Westover, Md.) Goldsborough will join the Lady Flames as a four-year letterwinner, four-year starter and a two-year captain at Holly Grove Christian School. Playing on the wing, Goldsborough led her team in scoring each year of her career, while winning two Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championships, in 2009 and 2010. Goldsborough earned all-conference honors all four seasons, being named to the second team once, and the first team on three occasions.
Goldsborough also played four years of varsity basketball and softball, being named a Peninsula Area Christian Conference all-conference player twice for basketball and four times for softball. In 2011, Goldsborough helped her basketball team to a Maryland Christian School state championship and was named to the all-tournament team.
Murphy on Goldsborough: Hannah is a versatile player that possesses great speed and athleticism. We are pleased that Hannah chose to take her game to the highest level of competing in Division I field hockey and believe she will make great strides here.
Hannah Jones (D, Mechanicsburg, Pa.) Jones is a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. The 5-4 defender closed her career with back-to-back Mid-Penn first team All-Star selections. As a senior, Jones was elected team captain, named to the Patirot News' Big 11 second-team and earned multiple academic awards. Jones helped her team to a first-place finish at a pair of tournaments and also had success in club field hockey.
Jones has also lettered in track & field as a sophomore and junior, and was a district qualifier in multiple events. She is planning on running track during her senior year as well.
Murphy on Jones: Hannah's greatest attributes to this program will be her intangibles. She has shown great maturity, patience and gratitude during this process. We are looking forward to working with Hannah and trust that she will play a key role in our backline. She embodies the term student-athlete with her academic prowess combined with her athletic commitment.
Ashlee Krulock (F, Hummelstown, Pa.) Krulock will come to Liberty after a strong career at Lower Dauphin High School, where she helped the Falcons to back-to-back Mid-Penn Keystone Division titles (2010-11), a Mid-Penn Conference championship (2010) and a District III championship (2011). The 5-6 forward lettered three years and was a two-year starter. During both her junior and senior campaigns, Krulock was a first team Mid-Penn All-Star and selected to the Patriot News Big 11 first team. After being named second team All-State as a junior, Krulock was a first team member after her senior campaign. Krulock's club highlights include being a bronze and gold winner at the 2008 and 2009 Keystone State Games.
Krulock also lettered three years in basketball and was a two-year starter, helping her team to a Keystone Division championship and a Mid-Penn Conference championship.
Murphy on Krulock: Ashlee comes to us from arguably the strongest high school field hockey program in the country. She knows what it takes to win. Her passion for the sport has granted her some great opportunities both in the states and abroad. We are looking forward to her earning valuable minutes on our front line next fall.
Morgan Mummau (F/M, Manheim, Pa.) The third of the Lady Flames' signees from the L-L League, Mummau is a three-year letterwinner and starter at Manheim Central High School. During the forward/midfielder's sophomore and junior year, the Barons were L-L League Section 3 runners-up and a PIAA District 3 qualifier. In Mummau's senior campaign, her team qualified for the PIAA state tournament. Mummau scored 21 career goals and was named both a L-L League first and second team selection during her career. She also participated in club field hockey.
Mummau has been a multi-sport standout at Manheim Central, also taking part in basketball (three-year letterwinner, two-year starter) and track (three-year letterwinner). She served as her basketball team's captain as a senior, was a three-time MVP in track and holds multiple school records. She is a two-time L-L League champion, a three-time PIAA District 3 qualifier and a two-time PIAA State qualifier. She was named as a L-L League first team All-Star and was named the 2011 Female Track Athlete of the Year by Lancaster Newspaper.
Murphy on Mummau: Morgan is one of the fastest players that I have seen compete at the high school level. We are looking forward to seeing Morgan's speed on display on field hockey turf at the collegiate level. Her strength and overall athleticism will spark a lot of goal scoring opportunities. She is feisty, scrappy competitor with a strong will to succeed.
Next year's first-year student-athletes will join Liberty field hockey during an exciting time frame for the program, as Murphy continues to build a solid foundation. After competing on a new nylon turf field last season, the program's staff has recently relocated to the Campus East Field House, constructed adjacent to the Liberty Field Hockey Field. The facility features the coaches' offices, a training room, and both a locker and team room for the field hockey program.
Additionally, after competing its inaugural season as a NCAA Division I Independent, Liberty field hockey will join the Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference (NorPac) for the 2012 season and will immediately be eligible for post season play. Their affiliation with the conference is effective July 1, 2012.
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