Richmond, Va. – VCU Field Hockey coach Stacey Bean has announced the signing of four student-athletes to their National Letters of Intent as part of the Rams' 2018 recruiting class.
Litiana Field, Mackenzie Williams, Christina Zydzik and Asia Weaver have all signed with VCU. The four signees hail from the United States, Canada and Australia. The class will be looked upon to help build on the Rams' historic 2017 campaign in which VCU went 14-6 and finished in a tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 standings with a 6-2 mark.
"I'm thrilled to welcome this group to VCU. Along with their classmates who signed in November, these student-athletes will play a vital role in moving VCU towards an A-10 Championship. The 2018 recruiting class as a whole is a diverse and talented group who we're excited to combine with our current roster," said Bean.
Field joins VCU from Double Bay, Sydney, Australia where she attended Presbyterian Ladies College and also played field hockey for the Glebe District Hockey Club. Field, who plays as a back, was a member of the Australian Futures Team in both 2016-17 and 2017-18 in addition to being on the New South Wales Australian Hockey League Squad. She also played for the New South Wales State U18 team in 2017 and the New South Wales Indoor team at all levels from U13 to U21. Field is one of a select group of Regional Hockey Athletes tabbed for high performance training within the New South Wales Institute of Sport program. Field also played Touch Rugby and Australian Rules Football.
"VCU provides me with the opportunity to achieve both my athletic and academic goals. I know I'll have a great support network to help me grow as an athlete and personally. I look forward to becoming a Ram," said Field.
Williams signs with VCU from Burlington, Ontario, Canada where she attended Dr. Frank J. Hayden S.S. and played club hockey for A&C Academy. A midfielder, she was named to the Field Hockey Canada Junior National Development Squad in 2017. A member of both the Ontario Outdoor and Indoor Provincial Field Hockey teams, Williams helped Team Ontario earn a gold medal at the 2017 U18 Canadian National Field Hockey Championships. Williams served as a team captain for the Frank J. Hayden Senior Field Hockey Team, helping lead her team to a silver medal at the 2017 Ontario High School Field Hockey Championships. Williams also played ice hockey, soccer and rugby.
"When I visited VCU I knew it would be my new home for the next four years. I was impressed with the field hockey program's drive to compete, the supportive environment Coach Bean and her staff have created, and the feeling of pride the student population has for the school. I knew I could grow as a person and player at VCU," said Williams.
Zydzik, a goalkeeper, hails from Bridgewater, New Jersey where she played for Bridgewater Raritan High School and X-Calibur Field Hockey Club. Zydzik, a 2017 Varsity captain, was named to the All-Group 4 Second Team, helping her Bridgewater Raritan High School team win their 13th consecutive Sectional Championship, ending her senior season with a second place finish in the State Championship Tournament. Zydzik was named First Team All-North Jersey, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County goalkeeper; wrapping up her high school career by being selected to play in the NJFHCA Senior All-Star Game. Zydzik also played soccer, lacrosse and softball.
"I choose VCU because I like the location of the school and it's the right distance from home for me. VCU has the major I want to study and I wanted to play for a competitive field hockey team so it was perfect," Zydzik said.
Weaver, a forward, hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she attended Manheim Township High School and played club field hockey for Sutters Brigade. She helped lead Sutters Brigade to a National Club Championship at the 2017 National Hockey Showcase. During her high school career, Weaver ranked in the top ten of league scoring in her final three seasons, earning All-State honors during her junior year, while also being named a Lancaster Lebanon All-Star on three occasions and an All-League All-Star twice. This past season, Township made a run to the Lancaster-Lebanon finals and the PIAA State Championship Tournament. Weaver served as a co-captain of 2017 team, finishing her high school career by being selected to play in the League's Senior All-Star game.
"I chose VCU because I was drawn to the energy the campus has with so many diverse people and cultures. I fell in love with the school. VCU also has a great program for what I'm planning on studying and it feels like home. The coaches have done a great job with the field hockey program and I'm so excited how the next season goes," said Weaver.