June 23, 2008, 9:46 p.m. (ET)

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 23, 2008) – USA Field Hockey today announced the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Field Hockey selections, following  the conclusion of the Women’s National Championship in Virginia Beach, VA.  Sixteen athletes will travel to Beijing for the first U.S. field hockey Olympic Games appearance since 1996.

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Women’s Field Hockey nominations are:

                          Position                       College                        Hometown
Kate Barber                 Midfielder                   North Carolina                        West Chester, PA
Kayla Bashore             Midfielder                   Indiana                        Shoemakersville, PA
Lauren Crandall          Defender                     Wake Forest                Doylestown, PA
Rachel Dawson           Defender                     North Carolina                        Berlin, NJ
Kelly Doton                  Defender                     Wake Forest                Greenfield, MA
Katelyn Falgowski       Defender                     North Carolina                        Landenburg, PA
Jesse Gey                     Striker                         North Carolina                        Greenlane, PA
Carrie Lingo                Midfielder                   North Carolina                        Rehoboth Beach, DE
Angie Loy                    Striker                         Old Dominion              Loysville, PA
Caroline Nichols          Defender                     Old Dominion              Virginia Beach, VA
Lauren Powley                        Midfielder                   Maryland                    Mountaintop, PA
Dina Rizzo                   Striker                         Maryland                    Walpole, MA
Dana Sensenig                        Midfielder                   Old Dominion              Denver, PA
Keli Smith                    Striker                         Maryland                    Selinsgrove, PA
Tiffany Snow               Striker                         Old Dominion              Escondido, CA
Amy Tran                    Goalkeeper                 North Carolina                        Grantville, PA



Goalkeeper Barb Weinberg (Louisville, KY) and defender Sara Silvetti (Wapwallopen, PA) were named as alternates.  All nominations are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


The USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team is coached by Lee Bodimeade. A Queensland, Australia native, Bodimeade won a silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Games as a member of the Australian field hockey national team.


Prior to Beijing, the U.S. National Team will participate in a four nation tournament in Bremen, Germany with Korea, India, and Germany from July 4-6. They complete their tour with a three game series against the Netherlands, ranked number one in the world, on July 9-12. 


The U.S. National Team opens Olympic Games competition on Sunday, August 10 against 2007 Pan American champions Argentina. The United States is slotted in Pool B with Argentina, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand.    


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