Feb. 13, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
UMass head coach Carla Tagliente announced the addition of four incoming freshman to the 2013-14 Minutewomen field hockey signing class on Wednesday morning. Joining the University of Massachusetts for the upcoming season will be Katie Clark (Vienna, Va./Marshall High School), Hailey Cockrum (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson High School), Nicole Miller (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills High School ) and Shauna Rankin-Byrne (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon). The newest members of the UMass field hockey family also include Izzie Delario, who enrolled at the University of Massachusetts for the current spring semester after graduating high school early and will participate in the 2013 campaign as a freshman.
"This is a extremely talented class and I am very excited about what the future holds for UMass field hockey," head coach Carla Tagliente said. "These are five smart hockey players that bring a level of athleticism and competitiveness that will raise the standard of excellence here at UMass. They have all demonstrated tremendous character, resilient work ethic, excellence in the classroom and strong leadership. They all bring their own intangibles to the team that will make everyone around them better, but the one commonality amongst this group that makes them special is their desire to be great. I see it from all of them in the time they commit to the game and the energy and passion that they speak about the game. They will hit the ground running in August and I am excited for them to leave their mark of collegiate field hockey."
Clark competed at the National Futures Championship and led her region is scoring for all midfielders as a senior while Cockrum took home divisional MVP honors to go with all-state and all-county recognition during her final scholastic campaign. Miller won four player of the year honors with Warren Hills High School and tallied a National Club Championship while Rankin-Byrne led Lebanon High School to a state title and participated in the Futures Elite Academy Program with Clark and Miller.
MEET THE NEWEST MINUTEWOMEN
Hometown: Vienna, Va.
High School: Marshall
High School Coach: Christina Carroll
Club Team: Capital Pegasus
Club Coaches: Lloyd Conyers
Notes: Four-time letterwinner and three-year starter at Marshall High School ... First team all-region and all-district as a senior in 2012 ... Also received Washington Post All-Met laurels and a Herndon Invitational All-Tournament Team nod during her final scholastic season ... Was named second team all-district as a junior ... Led Marshall to the Liberty District finals as the team captain and leading scorer in 2012, recording the most goals for a midfielder in the district with 14 ... Finished scholastic career with 19 goals while helping Marshall to its most successful four-year stretch in program history ... Competed in the National Futures Championship in 2011 ... Tallied eight varsity letters at Marshall total, also earning three for track and field and one in soccer ... Is a member of DECA, FBLA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Born on May 2, 1995 ... Parents are Michael and Ruth Ann Clark ... Has two sisters, Emily and Addie.
Hometown: Sinking Spring, Pa.
High School: Wilson
High School Coach: Kim Schroll Underwood
Club Team: X Calibur
Club Coaches: Brian Hope & Clarence Janelle
Notes: Finished her career with 39 points on eight goals and 23 assists, captaining the Wilson High School team as a senior while contributing a single-season personal-best 24 points on five goals and 14 assists in 2012 ... Was named all-state and all-county while taking home the MVP honor issued within her division as a senior ... 2011 first team all-division as well ... Also participated in lacrosse, earning first team all-county and defensive MVP ... Four-year high honors student and all-academic team honoree ... National Honor Society and World Language Honor Society member ... Also participates in Spanish Club and FCA while volunteering with youth field hockey organizations ... Daughter of Kelly and Cindy Cockrum ... Born on Jan. 27, 1995 ... Has three siblings, Emily, Nathan and Matthew.
Hometown: Washington, N.J.
High School: Warren Hills
High School Coach: Laurie Kerr
Club Team: WC Eagles
Club Coaches: Richard & Jun Kentwell
Notes: Was a four-year starter and letterwinner at Warren Hills High School, helping lead the team to the state championship game as a freshman while the squad totaled a sectional title and Group 3 State Runners-Up finish ... Received a trio of Star Ledger and West Jersey All-Area laurels while being named to the Express Times All-Area listing three times as well ... Skylands Conference First Team honoree as a junior and senior after taking home second team placement during her sophomore campaign ... Second Team North Jersey Coaches Association recipient as a sophomore before securing first team honors as a junior and senior ... Tallied Express Times Player of the Week on three occasions and was named the Warren Hills MVP as a junior and senior ... Finished 10th in the state with 79 points on 25 goals and 29 assists, including nine game-winners as a senior while captaining her team to another sectional championship, Skyland Conference Title and state finals appearance ... Named Express Times, West Jersey and Warren County Player of the Year and Group 3 All-State and West Jersey First Team in 2012 ... Named to the North Jersey All-Star Team ... Had 179 points on 61 goals and 57 assists at Warren Hills High School with 14 game-winning tallies and a trio of defensive saves ... Ranked first all-time at Warren Hills for points in a season (79), assists in one year (29) and career helpers (57) ... Finished second at Warren Hills with 179 career points, 61 goals and 25 tallies in one campaign ... Also competed at the club level for the WC Eagles, helping the team to a first place finish at the National Club Championship while being named the Barbara Longstreth Award recipient ... Participated in Futures Elite as well ... Also a member of DECA, FBLA, WTYA and the student council, among other organizations ... Daughter of Jamie and Heidi Miller ... Born on Dec. 2, 1994.
Hometown: Lebanon, N.H.
High School: Lebanon
High School Coach: Debra Beach
Club Team: Seacoast United
Club Coach: Mike Wellington
Notes: Two-time NFHCA All-Region ... Participated in Futures Elite in 2011-12 ... Two-time all-state honoree (2011-12) ... Won a state championship with Lebanon High School in 2012 and finished her four-year scholastic career with a 61-2-1 record during regular season competition ... Finished the 2012 campaign with 57 points on 20 goals and 17 assists ... Produced 180 points over her four-year career at Lebanon on 59 goals and 64 assists ... Post-Star All-Region honoree in 2009-10 ... Also competed at the club level with Seacoast United ... Is an honor roll student at Lebanon and also participates in lacrosse ... Born on April 20, 1995 ... Daughter of Beverley Rankin and David Byrne ... Has two siblings, Matthew and Michael.