May 6, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Four student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Villanova field hockey team as the class of 2018, head coach Joanie Milhous announced Tuesday afternoon.
The signing class features two midfielders, a midfielder/back and a goalkeeper. The new Wildcats have impressive high school careers and were each multi-sport athletes. The newcomers earned championships, season honors and international appearances and will look to make immediate impacts at Villanova.
Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks
A four-year letterwinner under coach Jeff Harding, Mackenzie Harding led Central Bucks to four conference titles, a District One Championship and three consecutive PIAA state playoffs. Harding served as a captain her senior season. She is a four-time All-League, three-time All-State and two-time Regional All-American honoree. In 2013, Harding was selected as the All-Intelligencer Field Hockey Player of the Year. In her four years at Central Bucks, Harding notched 42 goals and 54 assists. She also earned two letters in lacrosse.
With her club team, the True North Field Hockey Club, Harding was a five-time National Indoor Champion and three-time National Outdoor Champion. She was also a U.S. Field Hockey Futures Elite Selection and earned gold and silver medals at the National Futures Championship. Harding's sister, Maddy, is a junior back and co-captain for the Wildcats.
"I chose Villanova because of its academic reputation and the athletic opportunity at the Division I level," said Harding. "The coaching staff, along with the team, made me feel like family. I am looking forward to playing with my sister Maddy next fall."
Harare, Zimbabwe/Hellenic Academy
Clipstone is currently the Zimbabwe National Women's Field Hockey U-18 goalkeeper and has represented her country internationally against Namibia, Botswana and South African provincial sites. She is also a water polo goalie and represented Zimbabwe at the 2012 Junior Fina World Championships in Perth, Australia.
Clipstone is a prefect and youth leader at Hellenic Academy and is also a member of the choir and Toastmasters International.
Dallas, Pa./Wyoming Seminary
Molly Turner was a four-year letter-winning midfielder at Wyoming Seminary under coach Karen Klassner. Turner was named a Times Leader First Team All-Star, Citizens' Voice First Team All-Star and Second Team All-State following her senior season in 2013. The Dallas, Pa., native helped lead her team to three state championships (2010, 2011, 2013), one district championship (2011) and one league championship (2010).
A five-sport athlete, Turner also lettered in soccer, swimming, basketball and lacrosse. She served as a team captain for both field hockey and lacrosse her senior year. At Wyoming Seminary, Turner was teammates with current Wildcats Kristen Mericle, Jessica Swoboda and Ann Romanowski.
Turner has played with the KaPow Hockey Klub for five years, earning a National Indoor Championship in 2012. She also played for the Pocono club team and PA Elite FHC.
"I chose Villanova because of its great academic reputation, as well as its renowned athletic programs," said Turner.
Princeton, N.J./Hun School
At the Hun School, Bello was a four-year letterwinner in both field hockey and lacrosse under coaches Kathy Quirk and Haley Sanborn. Bello earned numerous honors throughout her high school career, including being named to the Trentonian All-Prep First Team three times, NJISAA All-Prep First Team three times, Trenton Times First Team, All-MAPL First Team, Central Jersey Field Hockey Coaches Association First Team, Star Ledger First Team All-Prep and Princeton Packet First Team. The Princeton, N.J., native was named a Scholar-Athlete her junior year. She was also a two-time All-MAPL First Team and All-Prep NJISAA First Team member in lacrosse and broke the 100 goal mark her senior season.
"Villanova has outstanding academics and athletics, and it's a beautiful campus," said Bello.