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    Field Hockey Adds 7 in 2023 Recruiting Class

    Jan 30, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Field Hockey

    The Liberty field hockey team and head coach Nikki Parsley-Blocker have announced the addition of seven student-athletes for the 2023-24 academic year.

    The seven players – Nicole Enslin, Ashlee Bucksar, Delfina Dell Anna, Madie Baker, Olivia Kirkpatrick, Regan Worley and Kiley Stoltzfus – hail from Australia, Argentina, Pennsylvania (three) and Virginia (two).

    Nicole Enslin (M/D – Perth, Western Australia/Presbyterian Ladies’ College Perth)
    Enslin, a midfielder/defender, competed for her country at the U21 National Championship in 2022 as well as the U18 Australian Junior “Futuroo” squad in 2021. At the club level, she has played for the Suburban Lions Hockey Club (2014-22) and has been a Hockey Western Australia (WA) state representative from 2015-22.

    “I’m really excited to join Liberty. To be a student-athlete at college in America has been a dream of mine for a long time, and I’m grateful to have this opportunity,” Enslin said. “The team culture and environment at Liberty, specifically within the hockey community, seemed incredibly supportive, competitive and fun, and immediately I could see myself enjoying the next four years of college life at Liberty.”

    Enslin has also competed in tennis (2015-22) and cross country (2015-22).

    Ashlee Bucksar (F/M – Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter School)
    Bucksar is a forward/midfielder from Philadelphia, Pa. During her senior season, Bucksar and the William Penn Quakers reached the state quarterfinals. She scored three goals before being moved to defender and was named All Inter-Academic League second team for her efforts. During her junior season, Bucksar helped her team finish second at the PAISAA Commonwealth Cup.

    “Unlike many, I only picked up a stick my freshman year of high school after switching sports from soccer to field hockey. After realizing my love for the game and desire to play at the next level, it was seemingly a challenging task to find a perfect fit for me due to my late start in the sport,” Bucksar stated. “God has been so important in this process, and he led me to an incredible coaching staff and team at Liberty University. I can’t wait to be a part of it. Go Flames!”

    At the club level, Bucksar has competed for Main Line Mayhem Field Hockey Club since 2020.

    “Ashlee Bucksar started playing field hockey as a freshman in high school after transitioning from soccer and immediately took off. Her progress with her hand-eye coordination, shooting skills, elimination skills and field sense and vision continue to get better and better. Although a forward at heart, Ashlee demonstration what a team player she is and played left back for us on our high school team and took on the challenge with a positive attitude and a fierce determination. She showed us her tackling skills and her ability to cut down passing lanes and intercept the ball. I have no doubt Ashlee will thrive at the next level wherever she is placed on the field!”
    Gretta Ehret, William Penn Charter School and Main Line Mayhem Field Hockey Club Head Coach

    Delfina Dell Anna (F – Córdoba, Argentina/Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola)
    A forward from Córdoba, Argentina, Dell Anna has played for Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto since 2016. With that squad, she was the top scorer in 2018 and helped her team to a tournament championship victory. She also earned a title with the Córdoba all-state team in 2016.

    “I think Liberty can provide me with a good athletic environment and also promotes high academic standards and a wide variety of options,” Dell Anna said.

    Madie Baker (M/D – Suffolk, Va./Nansemond River HS)
    Baker is a midfielder/defender from Suffolk, Va. Baker and the Nansemond Warriors made history during her senior season (fall 2022), reaching the state championship game for the first time. Baker tallied 31 goals, 11 assists and 73 points for a 19-2 Nansemond squad that also won the region championship. A two-year team captain, Baker earned first team all-state and first team All-Tidewater honors during her senior campaign.

    During her junior season, Baker scored 26 goals to go along with 14 assists and 66 points for a Warriors squad which finished with a 15-4 record, earned region runner-up recognition and competed in the opening round of the state tournament. She earned first team all-region, second team all-state and second team All-Tidewater distinctions. As a freshman, Baker was an honorable mention all-region selection. In four years with the Warriors, she guided the squad to a 49-12 combined record.

    “I am so excited to join Liberty’s field hockey team so I continue to play the sport I love with the best people. I can’t wait to grow my game not only skillfully but mentally and faithfully,” Baker stated.

    Baker has played at the club level for Saints Hockey Rocks (U14-U19) and VB Turf Crew (U10-U12). Baker and Saints Hockey Rocks placed fifth at the National Club Championship in 2021 and eighth in 2022.

    “Madie Baker has been instrumental in our club’s success. She is a leader, an incredibly positive influence and adds to it all by coaching our younger player. We are thrilled that she chose Liberty and will be able to learn from an incredible coaching staff and play alongside magnificent players.”
    Scotty Tyson, Saints Hockey Rocks Field Hockey Head Coach

    Olivia Kirkpatrick (M – Palmyra, Pa./Palmyra Area HS)
    Kirkpatrick is a midfielder from Palmyra, Pa. who has played her high school career for the Palmyra Area High School Cougars. In four seasons at Palmyra, Kirkpatrick finished with 30 goals, 28 assists and 88 points while helping the squad to a 76-13-3 combined record. Kirkpatrick and Cougars won two a state title in 2020 and finished runner-up in 2019 and 2022.

    As a senior, Kirkpatrick earned numerous honors, including: NFHCA High School All-American second team, NFHCA All-Region first team, PA All-State first team, Mid-Penn Keystone Division Player of the Year, Mid-Penn Keystone Division All-Stars first team, Lebanon Daily News Athlete of the Week and MAX Field Hockey Top 50 players in the country. As a junior, she received five awards: PA All-State first team, NFHCA All-Academic team, Mid-Penn Keystone Division All-Stars first team, Players player award and MAX Field Hockey Top 50.

    During her sophomore campaign, she was tabbed first team all-state, first team all-division, Penn-Live Top 5 breakout star, MAX Field Hockey Top 50 and earned the Players player award. In her first season with Palmyra, she was on the MAX Field Hockey Top 100 watch list and competed in the USAFH National Futures championship.

    Regan Worley (D – Poquoson, Va./Poquoson HS)
    Worley, a defender, has played for the Poquoson Bull Islanders for the last four years. In that time, she has totaled 24 goals, 20 assists and 68 points while leading the squad to a 61-15 combined mark.

    Worley’s numerous accomplishments include: two-time first team all-state (2020, 2022), POQFH Defensive Player of the Year (2021), two-time first team all-region (2021-22), first team All-Tidewater (2022), first team all-district (2022), second team All-Tidewater and all-region honorable mention (2019).

    “I am very excited to join the Liberty Field Hockey family officially,” Worley said. “I’ve been dreaming of this since I was young and am beyond thrilled to be a member of this team!”

    At the club level, Worley has competed for Saints Hockey Rocks from 2017-22. Worley and fellow commit Madie Baker helped the team place fifth at the National Club Championship in 2021 and eighth in 2022.

    Worley has also played varsity basketball and varsity for the Poquoson Bull Islanders.

    “As a four-year starter on the Poquoson varsity field hockey team, Regan has been a huge asset to our team’s success. Her commitment and dedication as well as her leadership have helped to lead our team to the postseason playoffs all of her four years.”
    Darcey Chiappazzi, Poquoson High School Field Hockey Head Coach

    Kiley Stoltzfus (M – Middleton, Pa./Bishop McDevitt HS)
    Stoltzfus is a midfielder who hails from Middletown, Pa. In four seasons at Bishop McDevitt High school, the midfielder totaled 25 goals, 26 assists and 76 points while leading the Crusaders 38 total wins. A two-year team captain, Stoltzfus guided Bishop McDevitt to its most successful season in school history during her senior year (fall 2022). The team posted a 16-7 overall record, breaking the program record for most wins in a season. Stoltzfus scored five goals and had 10 assists for a Crusaders squad that set a new school record for goals in a season, placed seventh in the district tournament and had the longest run in the state playoffs in program history. For her efforts, she was named first team all-state and Mid-Penn Capital Division first team.

    During Stoltzfus’ junior year, she tallied six goals, eight assists and 20 points and earned three awards: Mid-Penn Capital Division All-Star, Mid-Penn Conference second team and PA All-Star second team. As a sophomore, she scored seven goals and three assists and received four different recognitions: Mid-Penn Capital Division All-Star first team, Mid-Penn Conference All-Star second team, PA All-Star honorable mention and MAX Field Hockey Top 100.

    “I knew from the moment I stepped on campus that Liberty is where I wanted to continue my education and play the next level,” Stoltzfus stated. “I’m so excited to join the Flames family and play alongside some of the best players and grow strong as a person and player, while sharing some of my values with my teammates.”

    At the club level, Stoltzfus has competed for PA Revolution Field Hockey Club (2022-23), Central Penn (2016-22) and PA Mavericks. Her accomplishments with those teams include: U19 Shooting Star Jamboree champions, 2020 Club of the Year, U16 Shooting Star champions and U14 and U16 NIT Champions.

    “Kiley has been the leader and the heart and soul of the Bishop McDevitt field hockey team with her leadership on and off the field. Kiley has a way of making her teammates better.”
    Steve Heckman, Bishop McDevitt High School Field Hockey Head Coach