3 Phila-Area Players Named to 2017 Women’s National Team
Jan 31, 2017adminUSAComments Off on 3 Phila-Area Players Named to 2017 Women’s National Team
by Kathleen Harte Simone Philafieldhockey.com Founder & Editor
USA Field Hockey announced the 2017 Women’s National Team roster and new high performance staff members last week and stated that Janneke Schopman, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach “will artfully mesh the old with the new to expand upon the squad’s ever-growing profile to achieve success globally on the pitch. It’s the same mission, new era.”
The twenty-seven woman roster includes three new athletes and thirteen Olympians. Twelve hail from Pennsylvania and three have Phila-area roots including: Katie Bam, Ali Campbell and Katelyn Falgowski.
Falgowski, of Landenberg, Pa., is the most senior of the squad with 234 caps and three Olympic appearances in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016), where she anchored the midfield at center. Falgowski also played in 13 World Championships, earning Gold in five. The powerful midfielder’s background on the international stage — as well her leadership as a senior member — will be instrumental in the team’s transition to the “new era” for Team USA.
Bam, from Blue Bell, Pa. (Wissahickon High School/Xcalibur FHC), falls second to only Falgowski in terms of experience; the deadly striker boasts 222 caps. Bam is a two-time Olympian (London and Rio) and has played in eight World Championships, earning Gold in four. She was critical in Team USA’s fierce attack and surge to the Quarterfinals at the Rio Games. Bam’s experience on the front line will be vital in helping to groom younger strikers, 3 with less than 10 caps.
Campbell, a native of Gilbertsville, Pa. (Boyertown HS/Xcalibur FHC), began her career on the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2012 and has 21 caps to her name. An adept defender, Campbell’s experience will provide needed strength in the backfield after the retirement of 2016 Olympians and defenders, Lauren Crandall, Rachel Dawson and Julia Reinprecht.
Crandall, Dawson, Julia Reinprecht and sister, Katie Reinprecht announced their retirement after major contributions to Team USA, including the Rio Games. Crandall and the Reinprecht sisters are natives of the Philadelphia area and whose impact on Team USA — along with Dawson — will be greatly missed. Crandall and Dawson, who stepped down in early November 2016, earned a combined total of 577 caps, with Dawson holding an edge with 298 international matches played to Crandall’s 279. Both are three-time Olympians and each won five gold medals in international competition. Julia and Katie Reinprecht are two-time Olympians (London and Rio) with 154 and 166 caps respectively. Each earned five gold medals at international events.
The other nine squad members of the 2017 Women’s National Team who hail from the Keystone state include: Jackie Briggs (Robesonia, 142 caps), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, 0 caps), Amanda Dinunzio (State College, 0 caps), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, 104 caps), Alyssa Manley (Lititz, 41 caps), Lauren Moyer (York, 0 caps), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, 142 caps), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, 91 caps) and Jill Witmer (Lancaster, 87 caps).
The squad departed for the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, San Diego, Calif. today for 28 days of intense training in preparation for the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as the Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pa., both of which are 2018 World Cup qualifiers.