Today, USA Field Hockey announced the names of the 2017 Senior and Junior U.S. Women’s National Indoor Teams, following two selection weekends. More than half (30) of the 57 players hail from Phila-area clubs and/or high schools.
The balance of 2017 will be pivotal for the squads with the Pan American Indoor Cup (PAIC) slated for October in Guyana; the Cup is a 2018 World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Each squad will train throughout the summer in the lead-up to the PAIC, with the selections for Team USA’s Guyana travel roster announced in early September.
In a USA Field Hockey press release, head coach Jun Kentwell stated: “With so many of our players playing or coaching in college, it is disappointing to see this important event placed in the middle of our college season. Our players have been very committed, dedicated a lot of time and made such significant strides. It will very disappointing if our key, core, players are unable to go to the PAIC. We have some very talented young players who showed in the Rohrmax Cup that they can play at the international level, but they will need the poise and leadership from some of our experienced senior players if we are to be successful in our goal of qualifying for the Indoor World Cup.”
“I was very pleased to see the level of competition for places on the squads was much stronger this year,” continued Kentwell. “We have set the bar higher and it has been pleasing to see the players respond to the challenges which they have faced this past year.”
Congratulations to the following athletes selected for the respective U.S. Women’s National Indoor Teams; Phila-area players are in boldface.
Mary Beth Barham (New Haven, Conn.), Samantha Carlino (Lewisburg, Pa.), Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, Pa.), Allyson Fuller (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio), Katherine Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.), Paula Heimbach (Palm, Pa.), Sarah Johnson (Lincoln University, Pa.), Elise Johnson (Dayton, Ohio), Rhian Jones (Rye, N.Y.), Jessica McCarthy (Havertown, Pa.), Anarose McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.), Samantha Minrath (Louisville, Ky.), Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa.), Abigail Pitcairn (Aspinwall, Pa.), Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, Pa.), Hannah Prince (Gorham, Maine), Meredith Sholder (Alburtis, Pa.), Emma Velez (Coatesville, Pa.), Corinne Zanolli (Newtown Square, Pa.)
Gracyn Banks (Burlington, N.J.), Abigail Carpenter (Stevensville, Md.), Hailey Couch (Easton, Pa.), Sierra Espeland (Fredericksburg, Va.), Nathalie Friedman (Phoenix, Md.), Riley Fulmer (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Gianna Glatz (Medford, N.J.), Olivia Graham (Morris Plains, N.J.), Kara Heck (Shamong, N.J.), Taylor Henriksen (Falls Church, Va.), Aron Lankford (Pocomoke, Md.), Taylor Mason (Doylestown, Pa.), Sarah Jane Quigley (Newtown Square, Pa.), Elizabeth Romano (New Vernon, N.J.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Alison Sahaydak (Bethlehem, Pa.), Grace Wallis (Blue Bell, Pa.), Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.), Leah Zellner (Emmaus, Pa.)
Olivia Bent-Cole (Philadelphia, Pa.), Aiden Drabick (Malvern, Pa.), Pyper Friedman (Phoenix, Md.), Emily Graeff (Phoenixville, Pa.), Piper Hampsch (Hopedale, Mass.), Ryleigh Heck (Shamong, N.J.), Annika Herbine (Macungie, Pa.), Paige Kieft (Newtown Square, Pa.), April Kim (Fredericksburg, Va.), Mia Leonhardt (Media, Pa.), Megan Read (Anchorage, Ky.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.), Elizabeth Shim (Charlottesville, Va.), Kelly Smith (Dowingtown, Pa.), Erica Solomen (Medford, N.J.), Macy Szukics (Allentown, Pa.), Rayne Wright (Bethlehem, Pa.), Elizabeth Yeager (Rye, N.Y.)
Team coaches: Head Coach, Jun Kentwell; Assistant Coaches, Alex Gheorghe and Jon Williams; Goalkeeper Coach, Donna Chung
photo: Sammy Popper, U.S. Senior Indoor National Team player, in action at the Rohmax Cup in Austria in January 2017
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