Athletes confirmed Womens National Championship

May 16, 2013, 1:22 p.m. (ET)

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Athletes confirmed for USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship 
108 athletes have been selected to compete for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Team roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 16, 2013 - There are 525,600 minutes opportunities in a year. And as a Women’s National Championship athlete none of them are spent standing static.
These competitors log countless hours alone in a gym perfecting their hang cleans. They prove bleachers aren’t just for sitting as they ascend the steps cranking out high-tempo sprints in 85 degree heat. For years they have hit the pavement and backboard solo in their off-hours without the need of applause. The weather doesn’t matter. The weekends don’t deter. Women’s National Championship athletes see each of those 525,600 minutes as a chance to move an inch closer to wearing a U.S. National Team uniform, an international medal around their neck and the distinct pride of representing their country as they compete to earn a spot on Team USA. Those 525,600 opportunities are spent waiting for one moment - this moment.

The 108 athletes participating in the 2013 Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Va., May 23-29, have been confirmed. Some of the best field hockey players in the nation will compete for the title of regional champions, but far more importantly contend for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster. Head coach Craig Parnham will be evaluating matches and selecting outstanding players from the pool of participants to represent Team USA on the international stage.

“The Women’s National Championship is the first opportunity for me to see all of the players in one place and that is really quite exciting,” said Parnham. “It is very important for me to have a good look at every player at the tournament.”

So what does it take to stand out amongst 100 other eager, fit and skilled field hockey players? And what are the odds of making the cut?

“Delivery under pressure, physical robustness, tactical awareness, a selfless attitude and willingness to grow and develop,” are among the qualities Parnham said he will be keeping a close watch on. 

Twenty-four is the number Parnham is working with. That means less than 25 percent of the players competing will gain selection to the U.S. National Team. Players will learn their fate of inclusion or exclusion on Team USA via an email from Parnham roughly 48-72 hours following the conclusion of the tournament. In addition to the 24 senior athletes selected, Parnham will also announce a development squad.

Parnham says he will not be making the heavy decision alone.

“I will be meeting with the coaches on a daily basis and having healthy discussions around players and selections,” said Parnham. “A lot of collaborative discussions throughout the week will ensure we create the best team moving forward.”

525,600 minutes

525,600 opportunities

When you’re chasing a dream this big, every second counts. 

The following athletes have been selected to represent their region at the Women’s National Championship:

PENNSYLVANIA Coached by Denise Zelenak, Head Coach, Drexel University

Lindsay McArdle (Upper Darby, Pa.), Danielle Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.), Jordan Page (Denver, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Meghan Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Paula Heimbach (Palm, Pa.), Rachel Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.), Jessica Javelet (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Genna Kovar (Hampton Bays, N.Y.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, Pa.), Anna Zarkoski (Trooper, Pa.)

U21 Coached by Steve Jennings, Head Coach, American University

Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.), Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, Pa.), Kelsey Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Lisa McCarthy (Evanston, Ill.), Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.), Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.), Nikki Parsley (Evanston, Ill.), Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.), Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.), Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Pa.), Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Maddy Carpenter (Wilbraham, Mass.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTH Coached by Grant Fulton, Associate Head Coach, University of North Carolina

Casey DiNardo (Virginia Beach, Va.), Abby Frey (Lehighton, Pa.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jill Witmer (Washington Boro, Pa.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.), Loren Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Md.), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Julie Hodge (Downingtown, Pa.), Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Grace Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.), Natalie Hunter (Palermo, NJ)

MIDWEST/CALIFORNIA Coached by Shellie Onstead, Head Coach, University of California

Anna Simmons (Worthington, Ohio), Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.), Audra Heilman (Easton, Pa.), Nicole Wallstedt (San Diego, Cali.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, Cali.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Hannah Theiman (St. Louis, Mo.), Carolyn Cabrey (North Wales, Pa.), Abby Barker (Columbus, Ohio), Charlotte Martin (St. Louis, Mo.), Dani Hemeon (Gilroy, Cali.), Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.), Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa), Allison Swartz (San Diego, Cali.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Kathleen McGraw (Iowa City, Iowa)

NEW JERSEY Coached by Kristen Holmes-Winn, Head Coach, Princeton University

Amber Youtz (Dauphin, Pa.), Katherine Ferrara (Spring City, Pa.), Hannah Barreca (Oceanport, N.J.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Sydney Kirby (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Julie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.), Lisa Patrone (Sewell, N.J.), Jennifer Stone (Easton, Pa.), Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa.), Kelsey Bryne (Wayne, Pa.), Rebecca Stiles (Medford, N.J.), Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.), Wesley Drew (Highland Park, N.J.), Caroline Nichols (New York, N.Y.), Melissa Vassalotti (Arlington, Va.), Cassidy Arner (Red Hill, Pa.)

NEW ENGLAND/ NORTH  Coached by Carla Tagliente, Head Coach, University of Massachusetts
Isabella Delario (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Abby Beltrani (East Setauket, N.Y.), Kim Young (Sidney, N.Y.), Chrissy Davidson (Reading, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Alexa Sikalis (Acton, Mass.), Caitlin Rea (Cambridge, Mass.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Abby Bascetta (Granby, Conn.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.), Hannah Price (Amherst, Mass.), Rhian Jones (Boston, Mass.), Jackie Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.), Melyssa Woods (Durham, N.H.), Meg Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.), Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.)

Admission is free and open to the public. All matches will be played at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The competition schedule and further information can be found on

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