May 7, 2015
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Field Hockey Head Coach Shannon Soares announced the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The six incoming freshman come to GU from Pennsylvania, New York and California and join 15 returning letterwinners from the 2014 campaign.
"We are thrilled to officially welcome Sam, Katie, Helena, Maddie, Hannah and Chloe to our Georgetown Field Hockey family," said Soares. "Drawing from Pennsylvania, New York and California, this class is dynamic and eager to contribute to our program's forward momentum. I look forward to seeing them grow on and off of the field throughout their time on the Hilltop."
Sam Hickey, Midfield/Forward -Â (Coastesville, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) was a 2013 Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association (PHSFHCA) All-State Honorable Mention and an All-Mainline Second Team honoree. In 2014, Villa Maria Academy was the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AA State Champions, District 1 Champions and the AACA League Champions. Villa Maria was also the AACA League Champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013, District 1 Champion in 2011 and 2012 and PIAA Class AA State Runner-up in 2011 and 2012.
"I chose Georgetown for their exceptional academics, the rising field hockey program and the chance to live in a vibrant and historic city."
Katie Maransky, Midfield -Â (Blue Bell, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph's Academy) was a four-year varsity player, starting for three years, at Mount Saint Joseph's Academy. Maransky was an Athletic Association of Catholic Academies (AACA)Â All-Star her junior and senior seasons, a First Team All-State selection and served as captain her senior season.Â Her club team was a 2013 Festival Pool Winner, a 2014 Disney Showcase Consolation Bracket Gold Medal recipient and participated in the 2014 NIT's. Maransky amassed 29 goals and 25 assists over her four year high school career.
"Georgetown University presented me the opportunity to combine excellent academics and athletics. I can't think of a more perfect place to spend the next four years."
Helena Masiello, Midfield - (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia High School), was first team all-star as a sophomore, junior and senior and an All-State selection her last two years of high school. She amassed 41 goals over her high school career, with 25 coming as a senior, and also tallied 15 assists.
"Georgetown provides the perfect academic and athletic atmosphere."
Maddie Oswald, Forward - (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) was a four-year letterwinner and starter on the varsity team. Oswald was a captain her senior season and finished her career with 41 goals and 50 assists. During her career, Oswald led her team to three undefeated Sunset League Championships and to the 2013 Los Angeles Field Hockey Association (LAFHA) Championship. A three-time LAFHA All-Tournament Team selection (2012, 2013, 2014), Oswald was the Sunset League Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2014 and the all-around MVP in 2014. The Harvard-Westlake all-time career goal and assist record holder, she was also the Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2013 and MVP in 2014.
"I fell in love with Georgetown the first time I visited the campus and love the idea of spending the next four years of my life in our nation's capital."
Hannah Sargent, Forward - (Malvern, Pa./Germantown Academy) served as a co-captain as a senior and received her team's enthusiasm, spirit and service award two consecutive years (2012 and 2013). She was a Second Team All Inter-Ac selection as a junior and senior.
"Between its beautiful campus, unparalleled School of Foreign Service and amazing field hockey team, Georgetown was the perfect fit for me. I cannot wait to go to school in one of the most beautiful cities and be a part of such a great team."
Chloe Verwiel, Goalkeeper -Â (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) was an all-league first team selection in 2013 and 2014 and her team was Bicentennial AthleticÂ Team Champions in 2012 and 2014. Verweil served as a captain her senior season.Â
"I chose Georgetown because I was looking for a school with a great balance between academic and field hockey. From the moment I stepped on campus, I was impressed by both the academics and culture of the school. Every was very friendly and welcoming, especially the coaches. The team was extremely nice, definitely made me want to be a part of their program."