Nineteen athletes from the U.S. Women’s National Team — including four with Phila-area roots — will represent the United States at the Hawke’s Bay Cup in Hastings, New Zealand, beginning tomorrow, March 31 through April 9. The tournament will provide Team USA, led by Head Coach Janneke Schopman, strong competition in preparation for the squad’s summer competition season including July’s FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa and August’s Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pa. Team USA (Hero FIH World Rank 6) will face Australia (Hero FIH World Rank 3), New Zealand (Hero FIH World Rank 5) and Japan (Hero FIH World Rank 11). Click here for the game schedule.
In a USA FH release, Schopman stated: “After a great month of training in California I am happy to announce the team that will travel to New Zealand. The games we play there will give us much needed experience on the international level and show us on which areas we need to focus moving forward to World League Semifinals in July. Two players in the selection are selected from the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team for this tour. Both Erin Matson and Ashley Hoffman have showed me their continued progress and I am giving them the opportunity to show their potential with the senior team.”
Matson is a junior at Unionville High School and a member of WC Eagles FHC. Hoffman, a former Twin Valley High School and X-Calibur FHC standout, is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina.
The USA Women’s National Team Hawke’s Bay Cup roster; Phila-area players in blue:
Lauren Blazing, Jackei Briggs, Ali Campbell (Gilbertsville, Pa., ), Anna Dessoye, Amanda Dinunzio, Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa., ), Ali Foede, Melissa Gonzalez, Ashley Hoffman, Alyssa Manley, Erin Matson, Alyssa Parker, Kathleen Sharkey, Loren Shealy, Caitlin Van Sickle, Michelle Vittese, Taylor West, Alesha Widdall, Jill Witmer
Following an intense training camp weekend held in both Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C., the coaching staffs for the U.S. U-17, U-19 and U-21 Women’s National Teams announced the tour rosters for upcoming international trips which include 23 player from Phila-area high schools and/or clubs. The junior squads will be traveling to different global locations with the U-17 USWNT traveling to Ireland from April 11-18, the U-19 USWNT venturing to Germany from April 12-18 and the U-21 USWNT making the trip to England from April 10-16. The squads will compete against other international teams to gain elite level exposure and to build on techniques and concepts they have been working on during training camp weekends, reported USA Field Hockey.
The U-21 USWNT England Tour Team will play a four-match series against England. The roster is below; eight players from Phila-area high schools and/or clubs are noted in blue:
Maddie Bacskai (Berwyn, Pa., Princeton, WC Eagles), Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas, Stanford), Virginia Bramley (Elizabethtown, Pa., Penn State), Amanda Collins (Binghampton, N.Y., UConn), Brooke Deberdine (Millersville, Pa.), Skyler Fretz (Oley, Pa., Penn State, X-Calibur), Danielle Grega (Kingston, Pa., ODU), Caroline Hanks (Niskayuna, N.Y., Maryland), Abby Julius (Hummelstown, Pa., Liberty, X-Calibur), Kelee Lepage (Honey Brook, Pa., Maryland, X-Calibur), Gabrielle Major (Royersford, Pa., UNC, X-Calibur), Madison Morano (Hammonton, N.J., Penn State), Jenny Rizzo (Hershey, Pa., Penn State), Taylor Stone (Herndon, Va., Louisville), Julianna Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, Pa., Princeton commit, Agnes Irwin ’17), Casey Umstead (Green Lane, Pa., UConn, Upper Perkiomen, X-Calibur), Nicole Woods (Beverly, Mass., Louisville), Corinne Zanolli (Newtown Square, Pa., Episcopal ’17, WC Eagles)
The U-19 USWNT Germany Tour Team will compete in a series of test matches versus Germany’s Junior National Team. The roster is below; nine players from Phila-area high schools and/or clubs are noted in blue:
Mackenzie Allessie (Mount Joy, Pa.), Mayv Clune (Quakertown, Pa./Maryland commit/WC Eagles), Mary Crumlish (Amherst, N.Y.), Lexi Davidson (North Andover, Mass./X-Calibur), Makayla Gallen (Glen Mills, Pa./Virginia commit/O’Hara ’17/WC Eagles), Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.), Katie Jean (Mount Joy, Pa./X-Calibur), Ali McCarthy (Madison, N.J.), Caroline McGovern (Churchville, Pa./Boston College commit/CR South ’17), MaryKate Neff (Villanova, Pa./Princeton commit/Notre Dame ’17/WC Eagles), Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa./WC Eagles), Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, Pa./Princeton commit/Germantown Academy ’19), Lily Posternak (York, Maine), Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa./X-Calibur), Haley Schleicher (Virginia Beach, Va.), Meghan Schneider (San Diego, Calif.), Meredith Sholder (Alburtis, Pa.), Jillian Wolgemuth (Mount Joy, Pa.)
The U-17 USWNT Ireland Tour Team will face Ireland in three matches. The roster is below; six players from Phila-area high schools and/or clubs in noted in blue:
Skyler Caron (Hampton, N.H.), Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, Va.), Sam Davidson (North Andover, Mass./X-Calibur), Charlotte DeVries (Wayne, Pa./UNC commit/Conestoga ’19/WC Eagles), Emma Deberdine (Millersville, Pa.), Riley Fulmer (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Mary Harkins (Kimberton, Pa./Duke commit/Villa Maria ’19/WC Eagles), Adele Iacobucci (Malvern, Pa./UVA commit/Villa Maria ’19/WC Eagles), Jonna Kennedy (Watertown, Mass.), Margot Lawn (Pasadena, Md.), Taylor Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Maryland commit/CB West ’18/FSC), Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa./Virginia commit/Unionville ’18/WC Eagles), Isabelle Perese (Worthington, Ohio), Kathryn Peterson (San Diego, Calif.), Abigail Pitcairn (Aspinwall, Pa.), Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.), Madeleine Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.), Brynn Zorilla (Vista, Calif.)
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