RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Field Hockey Coach Stacey Bean has announced the signing of five student-athletes during the fall signing period.
The five players hail from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Germany and the Netherlands. Lynea Gregory, Sasha Elliott, Riley Scott, Olivia Trace and Janne Wetzel all signed with VCU. The five players will join a team that went 14-6 in 2017 and finished in a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 Standings.
"I am extremely excited to welcome this group to the VCU Field Hockey family. This class has the ability to make an immediate impact on and off the field at VCU. They will play an integral role in helping us build on the successes of this past season as we work towards the A-10 Championship," said Bean.
Elliott, a goalkeeper from the Netherlands, plays for Pinoké MA1 U18 team in the highest Dutch league. Elliott recorded the lowest goals against average at Pinoké amongst 72 goalies (all levels) during the 2016-17 season. She helped her team finished first in the league as they won the national championship with the MA2 (U18-2).
Why Elliott Chose VCU: "I felt that I could grow both personally as a player and as a person at VCU and I was really impressed by the ambitions of the coaching staff."
Gregory plays for Lake Lehman High School in Lehman, Pennsylvania and Majestyx Field Hockey Club. She was named All-State twice and was named to the All-State First Team this season. She has also been named to the WVC All-Stars four times and led her team to the 2016 district championship and three runner-up finishes. She served as a team captain and was a four-year starter.
Why Gregory Chose VCU: "The field hockey coaching staff makes VCU feel like home away from home."
Riley Scott plays for Easton High School in Easton, Maryland as well as Shore Field Hockey Club and Team Chesapeake Indoor. She was named NFHCA All-Region and served as team captain and earned First Team All-State honors as well as Bayside Conference First Team honors as a junior and senior after earning All-Bayside Second Team as a sophomore and Honorable Mention All-Bayside as a freshman. She was named the team MVP and earned her school's Alice Matthews Award and the Ed Milbrada Award. Scott also played in the U16 Futures National Tournament
Why Scott Chose VCU: "Coach Bean is so great and when I came to visit VCU, I fell in love with Richmond, the school and of course the field hockey program!"
Trace plays for Xcalibur Field Hockey Club and played for Oley Valley High School as well as Exeter High School. She played varsity field hockey all four years and was named First Team All-Division two times as well as earning All Around Best Defensive Player honors in an All-Star game. Trace also served as a team captain.
Why Trace chose VCU: "I knew VCU was my future home as soon as I visited. The community is incredibly supportive and I am thrilled to be a part of it."
Janne Wetzel signs with VCU from Germany where she plays for Muenchner Sport Club. She helped lead her team to eight Bavarian Championships (four indoor, four outdoor). She has competed in three DHB German Championships and played for the Bavarian Team. Wetzel has also competed in several Bundesliga games since the spring of 2016 and was Vice Champion in the U18 German Field Hockey Championships in 2017.
Why Wetzel chose VCU: "VCU is a great opportunity for me to combine my hockey passion with the start my college studies in nursing or medicine. After learning about the program, I wanted to be a part of the Rams. I also know Maite and Svea Sturm from the Bundesliga and I am convinced that we can achieve even higher goals next season."