RICHMOND, Va. – Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel and the VCU women's soccer program officially welcomed 10 newcomers to the Black & Gold on Wednesday's National Signing Day.
Joining the Rams next year will be defenders Megan Dell (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) and Amanda Hallesjo (Gothenburg, Sweden), forwards Bree Livingston (South River, N.J./Rutgers Prep), Tayler Jamison (Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley) and Amanda Bartholomew (Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh), midfielders Paige Majdic (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown), Elisabeth Lamas (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) and Sarah Swafford (Thomaston, Ga./Upson Lee) and goalkeepers Rachel Carr (Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge) and Audrey Sanderson (Nashville, Tenn./Ravenwood).
Amanda Bartholomew – Peachtree City, Ga./McIntosh – 5'5" - Forward
Club: Concorde Fire South
"I had a strong connection with Coach Vanderspiegel and really loved the feel of the campus and Richmond as a whole."
Rachel Carr – Fredericksburg, Va./Colonial Forge – 5'4" - Goalkeeper
Carr makes the short trek down I-95 to join the Black & Gold after a standout career at Colonial Forge. Carr helped lead the Eagles to the best season in program history in 2013 with a 19-5 record and a berth in the VHSL AAA Semifinals. She was named All-District First Team and All-Region Second Team.
She will focus her studies on pre-med and psychology.
"While attending camp I fell in love with VCU and how close it is to my family. The strength of the Psychology and Pre-med programs was just further affirmation that this is where I needed to be. "
Megan Dell – Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill – 5'7" – Defense
"VCU initially caught my attention because of their strong Biomedical Engineering program. After visiting campus, meeting the coaching staff and team I was sure that VCU was the right fit."
Amanda Hallesjo - (Gothenburg, Sweden), - 5'5" - Defender
Hallesjo comes to VCU after four years as a member of the Hovaas Billdal IF first team and part of the Swedish U19 National Team in the European Championships. The defender has five career caps for the Swedish U19. In 2011, Hallesjo was part of the U19 squad that won the Gothia Cup, one of the world's biggest youth tournaments. For Hovaas Billdal, Hallesjo anchored the backline and finished with three career goals and seven assists.
She will focus her studies on Film/Communications
"I chose VCU because I believe it will help me develop as a player. The climate in Virginia appeals to me along with the accessibility as an international student coming from Sweden."
Tayler Jamison – Honey Brook, Pa./Twin Valley – 5'5" - Forward
"I knew from my first visit to campus that VCU was the school for me. The strong soccer tradition and close knit team really solidified my decision."
Lamas comes to VCU after a standout career at Paul VI, where she was a key part of the Panthers' success. Twice, she earned All-WCAC honors, Third Team as a freshman and Honorable Mention as a junior.
Club team: FC Virginia ECNL
"After meeting the team and seeing the chemistry within the group, I knew that was something I wanted to be apart of. The campus and strong school pride further confirmed that VCU is where I wanted to spend the next four years."
Bree Livingston – South River, N.J./Rutgers Prep – 5'4" – Forward
Livingston brings her scoring ability to Richmond after a stellar career at Rutgers Prep. She scored over 30 goals during her career, twice earning All-Prep accolades. During her senior year, she scored 19 goals alone. She is also a member of the New Jersey Olympic Development program and was called up to play with the '94 ODP team for the National Championship in 2010.
Club team: PDA Slammers ECNL
She will focus her studies on business.
"I chose VCU because it truly felt like home. The team was incredibly welcoming and really like a family. Academically I wanted to go somewhere that would challenge me and VCU has a very competitive Business program that I knew would do just that."
Paige Majdic – Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown – 5'6" – Midfield
After a standout career at Jamestown High School, Majdic brings her talents to Richmond. As a member of the Eagles, Majdic scored over 30 goals and 20 assists en route to three All-District honors, two All-Region accolades and a spot on the All-State team as a junior. She was also a member of the Virginia ODP State team from 2009-2011.
Club team: Richmond Strikers ECNL
"My priorities when choosing a school were the strength of the soccer program and distance from home. After seeing most of the schools in Virginia, it was clear that VCU was the right fit for me."
Sanderson comes to VCU after a standout career both at Ravenwood and on the ECNL level. As a senior at Ravenwood, Sanderson allowed just 15 total goals and tallied 71 saves. Those numbers helped her earn All-State, All-Region and All-District accolades.
Club team: Birmingham United Soccer Association ECNL/ Tennessee Soccer Club
" I was recruited by Coach Vanderspiegel while she was still at Georgia Southern. After learning that she had accepted the position at VCU I decided to look into Richmond and the soccer program. The strong engineering program really caught my attention and it become clear that VCU really had the total package."
Sarah Swafford – Thomaston, Ga./Upson Lee – 5'8" - Midfield
Swafford joins the Black & Gold after an All-Region career at Upson Lee. While a member of the Knights, Swafford tallied 24 goals as a junior en route to All-Region and All-District accolades. She served as the team captain during her club team and has been a member of the Georgia ODP State team in 2011 and 2013.
Club team: Concorde Fire ECNL
She will focus her studies on nursing.
"On my visit to VCU I fell in love with the campus and developed a strong connection with the coaching staff. VCU's nursing program was a major draw and further convinced me that I wanted to be a Ram."