Hokies Sign Five Players
Hickey, Jones, Liberati, Puglisi and Seldon commit to Tech
May 11, 2005

BLACKSBUG, Va. - Advancing to the first round of the NCAA Championship in only their second season at Virginia Tech helped head coach Kelly Cagle and her staff secure five star-studded players for the 2005-06 academic year. Kim Hickey, Mallory Jones, Mauri Liberati, Laurie Beth Puglisi and Ashley Seldon, who come from some of the most talented club teams in the country, have committed to play for the Hokies. The recruits hail from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

"We are excited to announce our 2005 class and feel it comes at a great time as we wrap up one of our program's best seasons," Cagle said. "We are surrounded by some incredible young people in our program and this 2005 class will only add to our team's personality. They are committed people, athletes and students who will undoubtedly help us find more consistent success throughout the duration of our rigorous ACC season. Our program has just taken another positive step forward in signing these five student-athletes and we are sure their impact will be felt immediately."

Hickey, a native of Richboro, Pa., prepped at Council Rock High School South and played for the Pennsylvania Strikers club team as a defender. Hickey's club team is a six time Pennsylvania state champion, a two-time regional finalist and the WAGS champion.

At her high school, Hickey has won two PIAA state championships and has been first-team all-league the last two seasons. Her senior season has not finished.

"Kim comes to us from one of the best teams out of the northeast," Cagle stated. "She is a seasoned defender who will bring an element of athleticism to our backline. We have also been very impressed with Kim's consistency, and hope her solid performances day-in and day-out will help make a smooth transition to the ACC."

Liberati, a midfielder from Warwick, Md., attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del. She played for the F.C. Delco Heat club team, where she has been a four-year starter. Liberati has been named to the ODP state and Region I team, the Super Y-League Select team and the UMBRO North American Finals team.

A three-sport standout, she has been a first-team all-state selection in soccer and indoor track. She also made all-conference on the field hockey team. Her senior season in soccer has not been completed.

"Mauri is probably our most versatile recruit in this 2005 class, and we think this will help her to make an impact right away," Cagle said. "Her size and athleticism will definitely be an asset to her and will give her the confidence to battle right away in this conference. We are very excited about what Mauri can provide for us in the air as well, and look forward to her overall impact this fall."

Jones, a midfielder from Wake Forest, N.C., prepped at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. She played for the 86' CASL Elite club team. While on the club team, Jones won five consecutive North Carolina State Cup Championships.

A three-time Cap 6 All-Conference selection, Jones was also named to the all-region team her junior season. During her high school career, she tallied 30 goals and 22 assists. She is also a member of the National Honor Society.

"We are very excited to have attracted Mallory to our program because we feel she will be a super addition to our team, both on and off the field," Cagle stated. "Mallory's strengths are her work rate, her speed and her super attitude, all things that will help her impact the direction of this program this fall and in the future."

Puglisi, who hails from Fairfax, Va., attended Bishop O'Connell High School. The forward also played for the RFC Milan club team. While Puglisi was on the squad, RFC Milan was a national finalist in 2001 and 2002.

A four-year first-team all-conference selection at Bishop O'Connell, Puglisi was also named first-team all-Met at the completion of her senior season. During her high school career, she netted 60 goals while tallying 27 assists. Her father, James, played baseball at Virginia Tech.

"There were several times last season we looked at one another on the bench and said, 'If LB was on the field, we would not have given up that goal,' " Cagle stated. "She is a force in the air, something that our previous teams have lacked, so for that reason alone, we are thrilled she will be joining us. We feel sure that LB will impact us immediately aside from her abilities in the air, and we think she will surprise a lot of people this next year."

Seldon, a midfielder/forward, hails from Midlothian, Va., and prepped at Clover Hill High School. She played for the Richmond Mystx club team. Seldon has been named to the VA State ODP team six years. Her club team was the Bethesda Champion and WAGS Champion in 2004.

Seldon has netted 26 goals and 27 assists in three seasons at Clover Hill. She has been named second-team all-state once and honorable mention all-state twice. The three-time all-region first-team selection has also been named all-Met since her freshman season. Her senior season has not finished.

"Ashley is a tireless worker who will also improve our team's overall speed," Cagle said. "She is very quick and will do wonders for our depth at the midfield and forward positions. She, like the rest of her incoming class, has the personality, drive and dedication we are looking for in our student-athletes. We are glad to have her coming to us this season."

The Hokies are coming off an 11-9 campaign, setting the school record for wins while advancing to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.