Team USA Solidifies 2014 Youth Olympic Qualifier Rosters

Jan. 22, 2014, 5:52 p.m. (ET)

Team USA Solidifies 2014 Youth Olympic Qualifier Rosters

Junior Men’s and Women’s Squads Prepare for YOG in China

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  January 22, 2014  –  You cannot tame ambition or quiet the voice of a prized goal. The Olympic dream’s appeal has no age requirements; its presence is sought after by all athletes. 

After dedicated training, USA Field Hockey’s Junior National Squads have been rewarded with a single, cherished moment. The rosters have been established for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China. The Men’s Junior Squad will take the pitch in Puerto Rico February 4-8 while the Women’s Junior Squad will compete in a qualifying tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay February 11-15. Both teams aim to qualify for the YOG by earning one of the top two spots at the tournaments. Adding more excitement to the matches in Nanjing, Hockey 5’s is the game format for the event.

“The introduction of Hockey 5’s by the FIH is fantastic,” said Women’s YOG coach Tamara Durante. “It is a great blend of both the indoor and outdoor games as well as some hints of ice hockey. The use of boards around the perimeter of the field combined with our outdoor skills will make the game we love even more exciting to watch and play. Some new strategies will come into effect to take advantage of the end-line boards as we hope to earn a spot at the Youth Olympic Games from this Qualifier.”

The Women’s YOG team will be guided on the pitch by esteemed USA Field Hockey coaches Durante and Tracey Fuchs. Durante is the assistant coach at Yale University and is keenly utilized for various USA Field Hockey programs, including the Under-16 National Team and Futures Elite. She also was selected to coach for USA Field Hockey at the 2006 AAU Junior Olympic Games. Fuchs, Northwestern University’s head field hockey coach, is a two-time USA Field Hockey Athlete of the Year, a member of two Olympic and four World Cup teams. She has participated in more international matches (268) than any other player in U.S. field hockey history.Nicole Plumbo will be the U.S. athletic trainer on site. Plumbo is supported by USA Field Hockey's Official Team Physician, Orthopedic Associates Lancaster (OAL). OAL is a renowned practice which continually assists to mend and prevent our national team athletes’ injuries to ensure peak performance. 

“We have a very talented young team and we are excited to compete in Uruguay,” said Fuchs. “We look forward to a successful tournament with the hopes of qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games later this year.”

The Men’s YOG team will be lead under the direction of Rutger Wiese and BenMaruquin. Wiese, Harvard University’s assistant field hockey coach, is the head coach of the Junior Men's East Coast High Performance Training Center team, a position he has held since 2011. He helped the squad to a national championship in his first year.  Maruquin, the Ventura County High Performance Training Center head coach, is a former field hockey sweeper for the Men’s National Team and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The performance analyst on staff is Chris Pothier and Dr. Jason Reynolds is the team’s trainer. 

"As a team we showed great progress last week at camp in San Diego," said Wiese. “As soon as we get to Puerto Rico next week, we are looking to finalize our game plans and grow further as a team. It is certainly our goal to qualify to finish in the top two and qualify for China.”

“We are looking forward to managing the group dynamic in both a tournament and Hockey 5’s setting,” said Maruquin. “Our staff and players have been gaining valuable experience in this dynamic new game. It's a wonderful opportunity for our young team to test their skills against the best players in the Americas."

“USA Field Hockey is thrilled to select an incredibly talented group of young athletes to represent the USA and we wish them all the very best as they look to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games," said Steve Locke USA Field Hockey's Executive Director. "We are confident that they will adapt well to the new and exciting Hockey 5’s format under the guidance of a committed and experienced coaching team."

Congratulations to the following athletes as they continue to chase their dreams:

Junior Women’s Roster:

Kelsey Bing (Houston, TX), Austyn Cuneo (Waterford, NJ), Skyler Fretz (Oley, PA), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, PA), Sophia Miller (Medford, NJ), Madison Morano (Hammonton, NJ), Margaux Paolino (Villanova, PA), Samantha Steele (Eagleville, PA), Julianna Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Sophia Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, PA)

Junior Men’s Roster:

Amar Khokar (Valencia, CA), Doug Allison (Westlake Village, CA), George McGuigan (Thousand Oaks, CA), Jed McGuigan (Thousand Oaks, CA), Josh Schindler (Ventura, CA), Casey Walker (Ventura, CA), Jake Stone (Camarillo, CA), Javieer Singh (Hayward, CA), Deegan Huisman (NED), Nathaniel O'Lari (Orange, MA)

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