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Team USA Cements Historical Achievement

Team USA Cements Historical Achievement

13/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2398646
 
 

  Team USA Cements Historical Achievement and Heads to Globally-Sought World Cup Bronze Round 
The U.S. Women’s National Team falls 1-3 in shootouts to Australia 

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 12, 2014 – The 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup semifinal match between the U.S. Women’s National Team and Australia came down to mere minutes and inches to keep spectators' hearts pounding until utterly the last moment of play. In monumental fashion, the United States took their positions on the pitch to make their first appearance in 20 years on the World Cup semifinals stage. With a relentless spirit, Team USA tied in regulation play but fell short in shootouts against Australia in Kyocera Stadium. The game concluded with the Hockeyroos winning shootouts 1-3 over the USA.  

“I’m incredibly proud of the group,” said Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Australia is a world-class team, possessing lots of strengths. Our group played a terrific 70 minutes of hockey. Our focus now transitions to the bronze medal round.”
 
Both teams settled into the first 35 minutes by trying to develop a fluid game rhythm. Spells of aggressive attack bantered from both ends of the pitch. The red, white and blue’s defensive end was able to withstand the swarming Australian forward line. As play shifted, United States strikers Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) and Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) as well as midfielder Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) sent quick sessions of rapid fire, rebounded shots to cage looking to break onto the board. The score swayed in the opposition's favor in 33rd minute when Australian forward Kellie White took the ball with speed to the top right of the attacking D to send a smooth drive to goal. The halftime report displayed a close match of USA 0, Australia 1.  
 
The United States was far from a finished script as they looked to write a new score by plowing into their offensive end with might. In the 48th minute it paid off big when Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) shot the ball from the sweet spot of the circle to hit the net. The equalizer held until the 52nd minute when Australia’s Anna Flanagan scored off of a penalty corner. The match raced on as those in the stadium shifted their eyes between the pitch and the game clock’s dwindling minutes. With an enormous amount of fight and heart, Team USA tapped into their unyielding energy to keep the game alive. In the 68th marker Kolojejchick capitalized yet again in front of the goal cage to lock a score of 2-2 and push the match into shootouts.  
 
“This game defines us,” said USA Captain and defender Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.). “We’re relentless. We do our homework. We play our game. We’ve learned that the strengths we possess will take us to where we want to go. We energize one another. We scored a goal with two minutes and 16 seconds on the clock to tie the game. That’s who we are.” 
 
Edge-of-the-seat shootouts commenced with O’Donnell taking the first opportunity and Selenski with the second position. Despite two solid runs to the net, neither were able to create goals while Australia missed their first shootout but made their second. Australia held an edge over the USA until Kolojejchick dodged the keeper to send a crisp drive into the cage. Next up for the USA was striker Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) who bolted off of the line with stealth but the buzzer rang without a result. Australia won their final two shootout opportunities to clench a position in the finals. 
 
 
“We’re on a journey,” said Parnham. “We’re looking at the long term and there is more to come from us.”
 
The World Cup started for Team USA with competition against England where the red, white and blue won 2-1. The team then went onto tie Argentina 2-2. China proved to be another hard-fought battle, but the United States prevailed 5-0. Next, the United States beat Germany 4-1. South Africa was Team USA’s final competitor in pool play. The team was able to strike hard and fast with a final score of USA 4, South Africa 2.  The USA will contend next against Argentina on Saturday, June 14 at 6:30 a.m. EST.
 
All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3. 
 
Chase the Cup with U.S. by following @USAFieldHockey on Twitter and checking the team’s official websiteusafieldhockey.com
 
About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 

 

The U.S. Women’s National Team Conquers World Cup Pool Play with Polished Record

The U.S. Women’s National Team Conquers World Cup Pool Play with Polished Record

11/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2371337
 
 
 
 The U.S. Women’s National Team Conquers World Cup Pool Play with Polished Record
Team USA upsets South Africa and Solidifies a Monumental Semi-Final Position 

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 10, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team is making an undeniable, global statement by wrapping up pool play at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup with an undefeated record against the top-tier world ranked national teams. The United States left Greenfields Stadium against South Africa with a 4-2 win to confirm a historic semi-final position. This is the first time in 20 years the U.S. has been in a semi-final match at the World Cup

South Africa drove the ball with ferocity into their attacking end where strong periods of play took place in the first half. The United States’ backfield was put to the test with rapid fire shots and quick ball movement as the South African squad swarmed the ball carrier to apply immense pressure. In the 35th minute, Team USA earned their only corner of the half, sending a streamlined shot destined for the backboard of the goal cage, but a South African foot denied the opportunity thus giving way to the umpire signaling a stroke. The red, white and blue’s Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) took to the sweet spot of the circle with cool composure aiming just right of the opposition’s keeper to head to halftime with a score of 1-0. 

Quick off of the line, South Africa didn’t waver in intensity. Marsha Cox delivered a precise shot from the top right of their attacking circle in the 36th minute to equalize the match. The even score was short lived when USA's Katie Reinprecht(Perkasie, Pa.) didn’t hesitate to dive onto the turf, redirecting a drive from the top of the circle off of the team’s second corner opportunity. Reinprecht buried the ball to into corner of the net to regain the lead.

“We hold ourselves to high expectations for the entire 70 minutes,” said USA defender and captain Lauren Crandall(Doylestown, Pa.). “When we begin falling short of those standards we look to each other to pick ourselves up. We didn’t play to our potential the full match, but we were able to find that strength from the entire to team to deliver results.” 

USA’s Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) continued the front-foot attack by sprinting with purpose toward the cage, weaving through South African defenders until she was in the clear to send a sure goal into the net. South African interference gave way to another penalty stroke opportunity. Crandall stepped up to send a successful low shot to the corner to extend the gap USA 3, South Africa 1. South Africa still full of spirit, responded in two minutes when Lisa-Marie Deetlefs translated a sweep off of a corner opportunity into a goal. A back and forth battle ensued with the United States feeling more comfortable in their second half game flow. In the 56th minute Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) connected a drag flick from the top of the circle to the bottom left of the cage to make a final score of USA 4, South Africa 2. 

“South Africa came out strong from the start,” said Head Coach Craig Parnham. “In the second half we really got ourselves in order and responded to a situation that could have gone out of control. We’re pleased with today’s outcome and look forward to a high-tempo match against Australia.”

The World Cup started for Team USA with competition against England where the red, white and blue won 2-1. The team then went onto tie Argentina 2-2. China proved to be another hard-fought battle, but the United States prevailed 5-0. Next, the United States beat Germany 4-1. The USA will contend next against Australia in the semi-final match on Thursday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m. EST. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3. 

Chase the Cup with U.S. by following @USAFieldHockey on Twitter and checking the team’s official websiteusafieldhockey.com


About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Head Coach Craig Parnham Talks Progress at World Cup

Head Coach Craig Parnham Talks Progress at World Cup

10/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2359448
 

 

Head Coach Craig Parnham Talks Progress at World Cup

U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Craig Parnham took a few minutes out of his busy schedule in the Netherlands to sit down and talk about the National Squad's recent performances and progress at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. Watch the interview here for an inside peak at the U.S. squad.

Tune in tomorrow as Parnham and Team USA take on South Africa at 8:30 a.m. EST. Watch the match live here or on ESPN3.

Chase the Cup with U.S. by following @USAFieldHockey on Twitter and checking the team’s official websiteusafieldhockey.com

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Undefeated Pool Play Persists for Team USA by Securing a Victory Over Germany

Undefeated Pool Play Persists for Team USA by Securing a Victory Over Germany

09/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2346202
 
 
 
Undefeated Pool Play Persists for Team USA by Securing a Victory Over Germany 
The U.S. Women’s National Team wins 4-1 against Germany 

 
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 8, 2014 – The U.S. Women’s National Team developed superior game flow to come through with a win in their fourth 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup match against competitors, Germany. The red, white and blue solidified a final score of 4-1 to remain undefeated in pool play. 

“Germany came out strong to start,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “We got through difficult moments and battled hard to stay in the game. We were able to open up the match in the second half and are pleased with today’s outcome.”

The United States met Germany, who possesses a World Ranking of 6th, mid-afternoon in Greenfields Stadium. From the umpire’s signal, both national teams launched full force off of the line embracing the challenge that each game only increases with importance as vital tournament points are at stake. Germany’s attack presence developed early with long leading runs into their attack end. Despite rapid fire drives on goal, USA goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) and her barrier defensive line weathered the storm to keep Germany scoreless in the first half. Close to rounding out the first initial 35 minutes of hockey, USA's midfielder Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.) anticipated a pass to cut off Germany’s forward movement and sent the ball up the pitch. Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) extended her reach to punch the ball into the backboard in the 33rd minute for a halftime report of 1-0.

“Our switch on attack in the second half really came from our willingness and desire to continue to go forward in this tournament,” said USA midfielder Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.). “Sometimes physical switches need to be made but for us, today, this switch was mental and I’m really proud of us that we were able to rise to the occasion.”

With every energized touch and interception over their opposition, the United States grew into their established confidence to change gears in the second half. During the 39th minute mark, an attack penalty corner was awarded to the USA whereCaroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) sent a sizzling sweep from the top of the circle to change the score, 2-0. The United States hit their stride breaking through Germany’s high-held pressure when USA’s Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) ripped a rocket ball into the left corner furthering Team USA’s lead. Sharkey stole a ball mid-pass from Germany and released a flawless back-handed shot to tack another United States’ goal. The intensity didn’t dip as Germany drove on to their attacking end. Germany’s Kristina Hillmann capitalized off of quick passes for their lone match goal, however it was not enough. The United States recorded another win in the books with a score of 4-1. 

The World Cup started for Team USA with competition against England where the red, white and blue won 4-1. The team then went onto tie Argentina 2-2. China proved to be another hard-fought match, but the United States prevailed 5-0. The USA will contend next against South Africa on Tuesday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m. EST. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3. 

Chase the Cup with U.S. by following @USAFieldHockey on Twitter and checking the team’s official websiteusafieldhockey.com
 
 

About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Vittese Celebrates 100th Cap in the World Cup Arena

Vittese Celebrates 100th Cap in the World Cup Arena

09/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2346201
 
 
 
 Vittese Celebrates 100th Cap in the World Cup Arena 

Cherry Hill, N.J. native and 2012 Olympian Michelle Vittese captured her 100th cap in today’s match against Germany. Vittese’s quick skills and aggressive front-line attack tested the German defense throughout the match.

Vittese redshirted her senior season at the University of Virginia in order to train in the hopes of being selected to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Her dedication paid off as she was named a member of the squad in 2011. Vittese was a crucial member of the 2011 Pan Am Cup gold medal squad. From the first time Vittese has stepped onto the pitch wearing the U.S. National Team jersey to her 100th cap in Holland, she recognizes the journey she and the team has been on. 

“I started off in a place where I was very eager to learn and it’s tough to keep everything in perspective and focus on the process when things get hard,” said Vittese. “I think at the end of the day, it’s the team that matters most. There’s an unbelievable energy that comes from being a part of this team. The hard work really does pay off. “

After battling through a knee injury in late 2013, Vittese was named to the 2014 Champions Challenge squad who captured gold and a ticket to the 2016 Champions Trophy. Thus far, Vittese’s explosive attack style has been a key to Team USA’s success at the World Cup.


About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Dynamic U.S. Goalkeeper Kintzer Marks 100th Cap at World Cup

Dynamic U.S. Goalkeeper Kintzer Marks 100th Cap at World Cup

07/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2320447
 

 

Dynamic U.S. Goalkeeper Kintzer Marks 100th Cap at World Cup

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 6, 2014 – Jackie Kintzer (Robesia, Pa.) earned her 100th cap for the red, white and blue in today’s 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup match against China in Holland. Kintzer, a University of North Carolina standout, joined the U.S. Women’s National squad in 2010, helped the team earn a 2011 Pan American Cup gold medal and a spot at the 2012 Olympics. Kintzer was also a member on the recent Champions Challenge gold medal team in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kintzer has demonstrated stellar goal-line defense against top-tier national teams at the World Cup. Kintzer’s cool composure in the cage will continue to be important in Team USA’s next match against Germany onSunday, June 8. 

“All caps are equally as special,” said Kintzer. “To celebrate it here at the World Cup is a huge honor. My team definitely had my back today by scoring all of those goals. It’s one for the memory books.”

When asked what she has learned from her first cap to her 100th, Kinzter replied, “To trust in myself and believe in myself and know I’ve always had the capability to play to this level.”

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Team USA Bursts into World Cup Scene with Fighting Spirit to Comeback in Final Minutes

Team USA Bursts into World Cup Scene with Fighting Spirit to Comeback in Final Minutes

04/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2278644

 

 
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Team USA Bursts into World Cup Scene with Fighting Spirit to Comeback in Final Minutes 
U.S. Women’s National Team remains relentless to knot a 2-2 tie against Argentina 

 
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 3, 2014 – The U.S Women’s National Team led a fierce battle against 2010 World Cup champions Argentina today in Holland at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup. As play shifted from end line to end line with no lulls, Team USA was able to capitalize on key moments to clench a tie with a score of 2-2 at Greenfields Stadium.

The Pan American rivals didn’t disappoint a full arena as the match heightened its drama with glowing stadium lights and dense, downpour rain. The USA controlled the ball play on the right side of the pitch with a leading front-foot attack making their forward presence felt. Within minutes of the first half, USA athlete Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) dove and deflected a shot from Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) into the cage. After a video referral request by Argentina, the goal was called back due to confirmed obstruction. Despite the retraction, Reinprecht redeemed the goal by jotting a back-handed shot in the 27th minute to create a lead. Argentina patiently worked the ball back and forth in the middle to locate pockets in the red, white and blue’s defense in attempt to create a scoring opportunity. Backfield veterans Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) and captain Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) came up with big interceptions in the USA’s defending end. USA goalkeeper and pure powerhouse Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) made vital saves as well to keep the score in the United State’s favor until in the 32nd minute mark when an Argentinian player slid a topped ball into the cage to break onto the board. The halftime report stood locked at USA 1, Argentina 1.

From our point of view there was a good flare to the game,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Going against the prior world champions, our forward line managed well. Although we're disappointed with the called-back goal in the first half, the overall assessment was pleasing. Every player worked hard to fight for each point and contribute to the match."

The second half boiled down to mental toughness as the temperatures dropped and rain drenched the pitch. Argentina made moves first when Luciana Aymar launched the ball from a direct shot to rack their second goal of the match. The U.S. Women’s National Team didn’t flinch under the immense pressure but kept poised passes consistent and made level-minded decisions with the unruly game clock ticking down. Their patience paid off when ball was flung from the end line and into the sweet spot of the circle where U.S. striker Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) was positioned to redirect the ball out of the Argentinian’s reach to tie the game with a mere 9 minutes left. The heart-pounding match closed in a 2-2 draw. 

"We're very familiar with how Argentina plays," said Crandall. "I think they would agree as well that whenever we play each other there is the promise of a good match. Today I'm proud of the work my teammates put forth." 

The team opened the tournament when they took on Great Britain and won 2-1 and will contend next against China (World Ranked 7) on June 6 at 4:30 a.m. EST. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3. 


 

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators.. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
 U.S. Women’s National Team Light Up the World Cup Stadium During First Event Match

U.S. Women’s National Team Light Up the World Cup Stadium During First Event Match

02/06/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2250755
 
 
    U.S. Women’s National Team Light Up the World Cup Stadium During First Event Match
Team USA upsets England during opening match of pool play

 

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – June 1, 2014 – With 76 matches, 24 teams and 15 countries represented at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup, this is the pinnacle event of the world hockey calendar. The U.S. Women’s National Team met their first competitors of the tournament, England, World Ranked Number 3, with a frenzy of elite athleticism that kept those in the stands fixated on the pitch. Team USA came out of the gates strong and left Kyocera Stadium victorious 2-1. 

“We started off in a good position,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “At times during the match it’s about being able to ride the storm and in the second half especially our defense did just that. Our team played a great game of hockey today.”

Decked all in red, Team USA bolted off of the midfield line full tilt for what was to be a sheer brilliant performance. The red, white and blue’s speed was showcased within minutes when an early corner was secured in the 3rd minute of play. Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) struck a sharp shot to the bottom left corner where Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) was perfectly positioned to tip the ball into the cage. From there a tone was set and carried through the entire match. England maneuvered the ball around USA’s defensive end in hopes of being able to crack into the circle to earn a total of seven corners with unsuccessful attempts in the first half to the credit of the United States’ defensive unit. USA keeper Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) dominated the cage with diving saves and spectacularly quick reactions to keep England goalless in the first half. The USA capitalized quickly on a second corner in the 15th minute when Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) deflected a ball from Nicholas from the top of the circle to sail over the England keeper’s reach. The halftime report held 2-0. 

When the squads rejoined the pitch for the second half and the intensity didn’t dip. England was able to cut USA’s lead in half when in the 56th mark England athlete Kate Richardson-Walsh hit a ball to streamline it into the goal cage. A match of strategy and wit ensued as each pass and cut counted with the minutes dwindling down. The game closed 2-1 with USA clenching their first World Cup win of pool play.

Today was not only special for Selenski because of her goal but she also kicked off the tournament by tallying her 100th cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“Our focus going into this match was ourselves and being able to run the field and connect with one another,” said USA Captain and defender Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.). “Our focus now becomes the next game against Argentina. We need to make tweaks off of lessons we learned from today. We’re looking forward to the challenge.” 

Team USA holds ground in Pool B along with Argentina (World Ranked 2), England (World Ranked 3), Germany (World Ranked 6), China (World Ranked 7) and South Africa (World Ranked 11). After bringing home gold and glory already this month from the 2014 Champions Challenge in Scotland, the USA comes to Holland with confidence and determination. 

When asked what Parnham has done with the USA Field Hockey program to continue to grow the athletes since his tenure, he replied, “It’s just hard work and consistent training. There’s no mystery to what we’re doing. We haven’t fantastic team with great spirit and energy. We’re far from a finished article, this is a journey we’re on and as a team we’re looking forward to what’s to come.” 

The stars and stripes will appear on the pitch next on Tuesday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. EST when they look to tackle Argentina. All matches can be viewed live by clicking here or watching ESPN3.


 

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators.. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

 
Team USA Lays the Final Groundwork before Hitting the World Cup Pitch

Team USA Lays the Final Groundwork before Hitting the World Cup Pitch

31/05/2014, The Hague, Hockey, Hockey World Cup 2014, Article # 2236756
 

    Team USA Lays the Final Groundwork before Hitting the World Cup Pitch 
   U.S. Women’s National Team is ready to take on Holland’s world-class arena

 

HAGUE, Netherlands – May 30, 2014 – Second only to the Olympics, the Rabobank Hockey World Cup is the pinnacle of achievement, skill and tenacity in the field hockey world. Athletes train their whole lives for the opportunity to represent their country on hockey’s grandest stage. The miles logged, sweat lost and pain overcome through grueling practices and cut-throat matches are immeasurable.

For the 432 athletes who are rostered on the World Cup teams, today's opening ceremony marks the best two weeks of their hockey lives, the beginning of the culmination of a journey that started years ago and the prize that makes all of the sacrifices and dedication worthwhile with the opportunity to become world champions. 

The U.S. Women’s National Squad, fresh off of a Champions Challenge championship, intends to make their mark on the international arena. After a change in leadership post the 2012 Olympics, Head Coach Craig Parnham, former Olympian and coach for Great Britain’s National Team, has been preparing the team for the World Cup since the day he stepped in.

Factor in the United States’ intense training regimen for the last two years and their gnawing hunger to prove themselves at hockey’s biggest showcase, and Team USA will surely be a force with which to be reckoned.The squad's first event competition will be against England on Sunday, June 1 at 7:00 a.m. ET. 

Assisted by David Hamilton, who worked alongside Parnham with Team GB, Tjerk Van Herwaarden's hockey expertise and Janneke Schopman, two-time Olympian and World Cup titlist for the Netherlands, Team USA’s coaching staff is stacked with experience and knowledge. 

For the women's division of the tournament, the Netherlands hopes to hold tightly onto their claim to fame as a global hockey giant and add to their collection of six championships. Argentina will surely look to defend their 2010 title, while Australia and Germany hope to retake the gold for the third time a-side.

On the men’s side, host nation the Netherlands, who has three gold medals, will be looking to add one more to their list on home turf. Along with the Netherlands, Germany will be looking for its third trophy while current 2010 Champions Australia will look to defend their title.

Looking to build off of momentum in Scotland, the stars and stripes feature the same 18 person line-up as Champions Challenge. Veteran Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) and captain Lauren Crandall(Doylestown, Pa.) bring more than 450 combined international matches of experience to the pitch. Several of their teammates are also on the brink of reaching 100 caps during the course of the tournament.

Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Team USA’s top goal scorers at Champions Challenge, intend to continue the streak at World Cup, while keepers Jackie Kintzer(Robesonia, Pa.) and Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.) defend the net.

Support Team USA throughout the entirety of the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup! Chase the Cup with U.S. and watch matches live on our World Cup event page located here.

Go USA!

 

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators.. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visitusafieldhockey.com.

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