Women’s National Team Roster Announced

July 04, 2009, 4:51 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey today announced the twenty-four member roster for the 2009-2010 Women's National Team and the sixteen members of the 2009-2010 Women's Developmental Team.

The 2009-2010 USA Field Hockey Women's National Team features a number of 2008 Olympians, as well as former members of the Developmental Squad promoted to international competition.

"I'm very happy with the team we've selected," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "We are looking at qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and towards the 2012 Olympic Games."

New additions to the senior roster include: Caroline Blaum, Katie Evans, Maren Ford, Lauren Pfeiffer and Katie Reinprecht. All but Ford joined the Women's National Team for a test series against Argentina in April, which featured Pfeiffer's first international appearance. Ford, who earned a silver medal at the 2008 Indoor Pan Am Cup as a member of the Women's Indoor National Team, played hockey professionally in Argentina last year.

 

2009-2010 USA Women's National Team Roster:

NAME
POSITION
SCHOOL
HOMETOWN
Midfielder
Indiana
Shoemakersville, PA
Striker
Iowa
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Defender
Wake Forest
Doylestown, PA
Defender
North Carolina
Berlin, NJ
Striker
Iowa
Berlin, NJ
Defender
Wake Forest
Greenfield, MA
Striker
Delaware
Newtown Square, PA
Striker
North Carolina
Landenburg, PA
Midfielder
Princeton
Lewes, DE
Striker
North Carolina
Green Lane, PA
Striker
Old Dominion
Escondido, CA
Midfielder
Wake Forest
Bristow, VA
Midfielder
Wake Forest
Chapel Hill, NC
Defender
Old Dominion
Erdenheim, PA
Midfielder
North Carolina
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Midfielder
Old Dominion
Virginia Beach, VA
Striker
Maryland
Blue Bell, PA
Midfielder
Iowa
Mt. Laurel, NJ
Midfielder
Maryland
Mountaintop, PA
Midfielder
Princeton
North Wales, PA
Defender
Maryland
Wapwallopen, PA
Striker
Maryland
Selinsgrove, PA
Goalkeeper
North Carolina
Grantville, PA
Goalkeeper
Iowa
Louisville, KY

 

The selections were announced at the conclusion of the 2009 Women's National Championship in Virginia Beach, VA. The competition is a round-robin tournament featuring the top athletes from USA Field Hockey's six regional High Performance Centers. Beginning in the early spring, High Performance Centers serving seven regions conduct open trials for college-age and older athletes. Once selected to a Center, athletes receive elite-level training from some of the nation's top coaches over the course of the spring. At the conclusion of the program, each Center selects a team to represent its region at the National Championships. Athletes competing in the tournament have the opportunity for selection to the U.S. National Squad.

Bodimeade has been a steady increase in the level of talent at the Women's National Championship.

"Overall, the skill level was lifted significantly from previous years," said Bodimeade. "What the athletes bring to the group overall is a greater skill level, a greater competency in executing basic skills at a higher speed under great pressure. We're getting the benefit of that now."

The first international competition for the Women's National Team is a visit from 2008 Olympic bronze medalists Argentina. Las Leonas will visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA for a five game test series in November.

"That will be the first real test for the group," said Bodimeade. "In September we learn where our World Cup qualifier will be held early next year. That will be critical to our success as we go forward."

Members of the 2009-2010 Women's Developmental Team were also announced:

Melanie Brill
North Carolina
Oley, PA
Maureen Daniel
American
Clifton Park, NY
Brianna Davies
Maryland
Annville, PA
Kelly Dostal
Wake Forest
Monterey, CA
Camille Ghandi
Stanford
London, England
Melissa Gonzalez
Connecticut
Mohegan Lake, NY
Jaclyn Kintzer
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
Mia Link
Virginia
Jenkintown, PA
Marta Malmberg
Marathon HS
Marathon, NY
Julia Reinprecht
Princeton
North Wales, PA
Allison Scola
Penn State
Harrisburg, PA
Paige Selenski
Virginia
Shavertown, PA
Pamela Speuhler
Boston
Sudbury, MA
Shannon Taylor
Syracuse
Midlothian, PA
Meghan Wheeler
Connecticut
Canton, MA
Alesha Widdall
Massachusetts
Whitney Point, NY
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