USWNT Roster Organized for 8 Nations Tournament in New Zealand
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 26, 2015 – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Craig Parnham has established the 18-athlete roster that will be traveling to New Zealand for the 8 Nations Tournament from April 11-19, 2015. The event will include eight teams placed in the top 13 in the world, according to the FIH World Rankings.
“The 8 Nations event in Hawke’s Bay will be an interesting tournament with all the participating teams preparing for the World League Semifinals,” said Parnham. “The matches will provide us another opportunity to continue to develop the team as we move toward the summer events.”
The games will take place at the Hasting Sports Park in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Before the tournament begins, Team USA will play second world ranked Australia in a practice match on April 9 and is set to play them again in their first game on April 11.
The 8 Nations Tournament, or Hawke’s Bay Cup, is one of three tournaments held under the umbrella of the Festival of Hockey. In 13 days, 80 games will be played showcasing the world’s best teams. All six teams that participated in 2014 (Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, China, Korea and Japan) are returning this year with the addition of India and Team USA.
USWNT 8 Nations Roster:
Jackie Briggs (Robesonia, Pa.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Melissa Gonzales (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Katie 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.)
For all information regarding the 8 Nations Tournament, including the schedule, check out the event page and follow the team on Twitter at @USAFieldHockey