USA Field Hockey

Aug 04 USA names teams for two series

Aug. 04, 2011, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. – The USA Men’s National Team set a steep goal in the beginning of the year: To compete in a minimum of thirty matches leading up to the Pan American Games. Eight months later, the team is right on track in their preparations to peak during the one week event held in late October. The Pan Ams happen once every four years, perfectly timed to occur a year before the Olympics and afford USA with their first opportunity to qualify for the London Olympic Games.

The Queensland Development Team will visit Moorpark, California, for a series of matches against the USA Men’s National Team, August 6-14. The Australian based team will be tough competition, exactly what the USA Men are seeking at this stage in their training preparation.

“The Senior Team will be working very hard to win what is likely to be an extremely competitive series against Queensland Development,” said Nick Conway, USA Men’s National Team Head Coach.

The Men’s National Team has had an exceptionally busy summer. Trinidad and Tobago embarked on a ten hour flight to the west coast in mid-June for a four series test match before the team traveled to Lille, France in early July for Champions Challenge II. Although a seventh place finish was not the desired result, the men gained valuable international experience as the team pushes towards the top sixteen in world rankings.

Patrick Harris (Moorpark, CA) was the leading scorer for the USA at Champions Challenge II and was recognized as player of the tournament, a significant achievement given the quality of competition at the event.

“Pat has developed into a premium international athlete,” said Conway. “Our entire team was really happy and proud for Pat to be recognized in this manner. It was a thoroughly deserved award, an excellent achievement and recognized his extremely proficient performance throughout the tournament against high quality opposition.”     

Harris will join nineteen other team members selected to compete in the upcoming series against Queensland Development beginning this Saturday.

Joining the two teams on the campus of Moorpark College this weekend, will be the USA Men’s Junior National Team and the Argentinian U20 Team.

“The Junior Team will be somewhat weakened by the loss of several players that are striving for selection to the Pan American Games,” said Conway. “However, other players will have an opportunity to compete and be exposed to an international level of play. While they are a very young team, we expect to compete and perform against the always strong Argentinians.”

Following this series, the USA Men’s National Team will host Barbados and the Australian Development Team in September for their final preparations before heading to the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The following men were selected to compete in the series against Queensland Development and Argentina U20:

Men’s National Team: Kevin Barber (Camarillo, CA), Pat Cota (Camarillo, CA), Ajai Dhadwal* (Agoura Hills, CA), Michiel Dijxhoorn (Tampa, FL), Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, CA), Pat Harris (Moorpark, CA), Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA), Will Holt (Camarillo, CA), Steve Mann (New York, NY), Jarred Martin (Saratoga Springs, NY), Shawn Nakamura (Camarillo, CA), Arjan Reyatt (Brea, CA), Moritz Runzi* (Boston, MA), Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, CA), Rob Schilling (Long Beach, CA), Andy Sheridan (New York, NY), Tom Sheridan (New York, NY), Tom Staddon (Moorpark, CA), Tyler Sundeen* (Simi Valley, CA), Liam Walsh* (Rockport, WA), Andrew Zayac (Columbia, MD)

*Eligible to compete in the U20 Argentina series.

Men’s Junior National Team: Mikey Barminski, Amrit Beaty, Sean Cicchi, Joe Gandhi, Mo Gandhi, Jaspreet Gill, Alex Grassi, Austin Groneveld, Phil Hamill, Brandon Karess, Ja Ja Kentwell, Arshjot Khokar, Ranveer Kundi, Christian Linney, Felix Mueller-Eising, Johnny Orozco, Viren Padhiar, Kenny Patrone, Spencer Reed, Josh Schindler, Ajaypal Singh, Paul Singh, Rishi Tewarie, Pedro Zepeda

The schedule for the Men’s National and Junior National Team is as follows, with all times listed in local PST. All matches will be held on the campus of Moorpark College. Admittance is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 6

  • · 10:30am: USA U20 vs Argentina U20
  • ·12:30pm: USA vs Queensland Development

Sunday, August 7

  • ·10:30am: USA U20 vs Argentina U20
  • ·12:30pm: USA vs Queensland Development

Tuesday, August 9

  • ·6:00pm: USA vs Queensland Development

Wednesday, August 10

  • ·6pm: USA U20 vs Argentina U20

Thursday, August 11

  • ·4:30pm: Queensland Development vs Argentina U20

Saturday, August 13

  • ·10:30am: USA U20 vs Argentina U20
  • ·12:30pm: USA vs Queensland Development

Sunday, August 14

  • ·8:30am: USA U20 vs Argentina U20
  • ·10:30pm: USA vs Queensland Development

About USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at ameunier@usafieldhockey.com, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding USA Field Hockey can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.

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