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U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham Establishes 2014-15 Women’s National Team Roster

June 24, 2014, 2:50 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham Establishes 2014-15 Women’s National Team Roster
 Parnham announces 30 players to U.S. National Squad following Women’s National Tournament

LANCASTER, Pa. – June 25, 2014 – Its colors beckon a response of pure passion and pride. The American flag embodies a coast-to-coast fighting spirit of undeniable heart, of sacrifice and of grit that is recognized worldwide. For 30 top-tier field hockey athletes that very essence will now be threaded into a globally-prized jersey to commemorate their newfound spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. Days of intense evaluation at the Home of Hockey’s Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pa. during the 2014 Women’s National Championship lead to the solidification of a new squad.

The 30-athlete roster features 11 Olympians, including two-time Olympians Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), and Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.). Through countless years of extreme dedication to the sport, speed and strength, seven new competitors have also cemented their positions on the team.

“The Women’s National Championships has provided a great opportunity to watch a number of players across a full week of tournament hockey to compete for selection for the Women’s National Team,” said Parnham. “It has been pleasing to see the effort from the players and the improvements from game to game. We have selected a squad that sees some new faces and the coaching staff looks forward to working with the group as the Women’s National Team moves forward in the next stages of its development. I would like to thank Spooky Nook Sports for hosting the event and all of the coaches, umpires, parents and support staff who have contributed to the smooth running of the Women’s National Championships over the past week.”

The 2013-14 squad rounded out the competitive year with two successful tours. With the completion of the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, where Team USA placed in the top four amongst the world’s best 12 teams, and as newly dubbed Champions Challenge victors, the United States is out to make a statement. A vision has been established and the journey to international greatness is underway.

Congratulations to the following athletes that have earned the distinguished honor of representing Team USA:

Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, NC), Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, PA), Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, NJ), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, PA), Chrissy Davidson (Reading, PA), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Casey Di Nardo (Virginia Beach, VA), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Kelsey Harbin (San Marcos, CA), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Hannah Prince (Gorham, ME), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.) and Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.)

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