RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Field Hockey head coach Stacey Bean has announced the addition of seven student-athletes as part of the Rams' 2019 signing class.
Ashley Barrett, Brianna Barrett, Cailin Bownas, Courtney Collins, Morgan Hanley, Lonica McKinney and Olivia Sever have all signed to play with the Rams. The talented class hails from Virginia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Canada.
"I'm excited to welcome this group to VCU. The addition of this class helps us continue to build on the success of this past season as we work towards winning our first A-10 Championship. They are a strong group of talented and diverse student-athletes who will play an important role in the continued reshaping of our culture on and off the field," Bean said.
Ashley Barrett will join VCU from Lynnfield, Mass. where she played for Northeast Elite Club and Lynnfield High School. Ashley has been a USA Field Hockey participant with NEE for several years, competing in the National Club Championships in 2017. She finished as a top 10 goal scorer in the state of Massachusetts both her junior and senior years. She was named a Cape Ann League First Team All-Star her senior year after being named to the Second Team her junior season. She was her high school's Golden Stick Award winner (top offensive player) and helped lead her team to the MIAA Tournament all four years. A multi-sport athlete, Ashley has also competed in ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer.
Why Ashley chose VCU:
"I chose VCU because of the great opportunities the school offers as well as the chance to follow my dream to play Division I field hockey. VCU has a great coaching staff and field hockey team who truly made me feel like I was part of a great family the first time I met them," said Ashley.
Brianna Barrett joins her twin sister Ashley in signing with VCU. She also played for Northeast Elite and Lynnfield High School alongside her sister. During her senior season, Brianna was selected as a First Team Cape Ann All-Star after being chosen as a Second Team Cape Ann All-Star her junior year. She was chosen for the 2017 MIAA Sportsmanship Summit, MSFHCA Best of 60 Senior All-Star Game and the 2018 Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. She has been a USA Field Hockey Futures Participant and served as her high school team captain, along with being named team MVP. Similar to her sister, Brianna also competed in ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer.
Why Brianna chose VCU:
"I chose VCU because of the diversity it offers and the family atmosphere I immediately felt with the Field Hockey Program," said Brianna.
Cailin Bownas is from Fairfax, Va. where she played in high school for W.T. Woodson and club field hockey for Metro HC. In 2018, she was named Second Team All-State, First Team All-Region and First Team All-District. Bownas played in the USAFH National Futures Championship in 2016, as well as the Junior Olympics. She was named Second Team All-District and All-Region in 2016-2017. Bownas also competed in swimming and lacrosse.
Why Cailin chose VCU:
"I love the eclectic urban environment of the campus. It's a very exciting place, and everyone seems motivated and friendly! It also has a very good program for what I want to study," Bownas said.
Courtney Collins is from Smithfield, Va. where she played for FOCUS Field Hockey club and Smithfield High School. She was named Second Team All-State, First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference while playing for Smithfield. She was named the team MVP and served as a team captain for the past two seasons. Collins has also competed in cross-country, track and field and swimming.
Why Courtney chose VCU:
"I chose VCU because they have an amazing science program and I love the campus," said Collins.
Morgan Hanley hails from Elmira, Ontario, Canada where she played for A&C Field Hockey Academy as well as Elmira District Secondary School. She played a key role in helping Team Ontario win a gold medal at the Canadian National Championship in 2018, improving upon a bronze medal finish in 2017. Hanley is currently a member of the Canadian National Next Generation squad, training with the Junior National Team staff through Field Hockey Canada's Talent ID camps. A two-time team captain and MVP, Hanley was twice named a WCSSA High School All-Star. Typical of most Canadian multi-sport athletes, Morgan grew up competing in a wide range of sports including: ice hockey, badminton, curling, and gymnastics.
Why Morgan chose VCU:
"I chose VCU because everyone was so welcoming and instantly made me feel like part of the family. I love the competitive and encouraging environment created by the coaching staff and players. I knew VCU would be the place where I could grow as an athlete and a person," Hanley said.
Lonica McKinney is a Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada native and played for Kelowna Secondary School. Her high school team won two consecutive silver medals at the Provincial Championships in 2016 and 2017. She represented British Colombia in the 2017 U18 National Championships and was chosen as one of the Top XI players at the tournament. She has been a member of the Canadian Junior National Team program since 2017. Another multi-sport athlete from north of the border, Lonica grew up competing in a wide range of sports including: baseball, soccer, volleyball, and ice hockey.
Why Lonica chose VCU:
"VCU gave me a feeling that no other school did. Similar to my current high school coach, Coach Bean always goes the extra mile which I know is a recipe for success. I felt completely welcomed by the girls on the team before I had even made my decision. I could clearly see myself bleeding black and gold for the next four years," said McKinney.
Olivia Sever is a native of Moorestown, N.J. where she played for both Moorestown High School and WC Eagles (one of the top ranked clubs in the USA). She helped lead her team to the Central Group 3 Championship in each of her four seasons at Moorestown while playing an integral role in MHS winning the Group 3 State Championship the past two seasons. Olivia also competed in lacrosse and basketball and has coached youth field hockey.
Why Olivia chose VCU:
"I chose VCU because the coaches made me feel so welcomed. Every time I walked on campus, it instantly felt like my second home," Sever said.