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Liberty Field Hockey Adds Transfer Conolly for Spring Semester

January 10, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Conolly will be joining the Lady Flames for the spring 2020 semester.

Conolly will be joining the Lady Flames for the spring 2020 semester.

The Liberty field hockey team has announced the addition of Jodie Conolly for the spring 2020 semester.

Conolly, who hails from Pietermartizburg, South Africa, joins a rising sophomore class that also includes fellow South African and BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Daniella Rhodes (Durban, South Africa). Both Conolly and Emily Dykema, who signed with the Lady Flames back in November, will be on campus starting this semester.

"We are extremely excited to add another talented South African player with international team experience," stated Liberty Field Hockey Head Coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker. "Jodie is a unique defensive-minded player with attacking capabilities. Her ability to attack out of the back will allow her to fit nicely into our system."

Conolly, a defender, is transferring from Boston University, where she was named the Patriot League Freshman of the Year this past fall. The defender started all 18 games and finished second on the team in points (19) and goals (8) and added three assists for the Terriers. She also led BU in scoring during conference play with six goals and 13 points.

 Conolly received NFHCA All-Northeast Region second team honors as well during her rookie campaign. The defender was also selected as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Oct. 28. She recorded her first career collegiate hat trick at Holy Cross on Oct. 26.

Conolly also had extensive experience for her country at the prep level. She served as the captain of her U18 provincial team, KZN Coastals, and made the South Africa Schools side at the U18 Inter-Provincial Tournament while also being selected to play on the U21A provincial team at the national tournament.

In 2017, Conolly scored six goals at the U17/U18 national trials and was selected to South Africa's U17 squad. She also made the U16A squad and was named the triangular series tournament's top player. Conolly was named Defender of the Tournament at the 2016 U16 national trials.

She also served as vice captain for her high school squad, St. Mary's School, helping the team win the 2018 SPAR Grand Finals title by tallying all three goals in a 3-0 victory. Conolly, who was also named player of the year, guided her team to a second place finish at the Top 12 competition.