2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Named Following Trial

Jan. 19, 2018, 6:58 p.m. (ET)

LANCASTER, Pa. – January 19, 2018 – Following 3 days of intense training sessions at the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team Trial, held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., the USWNT coaching staff is excited to announce the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad.

“First of all, it was great to see how many athletes showed their interest in playing for the [U.S.] Women’s National Team by attending the trials,” commented Janneke Schopman, USWNT Head coach. “In the 3 days of the trial, the players were able to show us their potential in a mix of training sessions and game play against the [U.S.] Women’s National Team and the U-21 team.”

A total of 34 athletes attended the trial that took place Sunday, January 14 to Tuesday, January 16. Of the pool of athletes that were recommended by their college coaches, those successful candidates produced a level of play that was much higher than in the past years.  

“It was hard to make the final selection for the Development Team but I am convinced the selected group is very competitive,” continued Schopman. “I am excited for them to get started and am looking forward to seeing the players’ growth in the next few months.”

With the potential promising, the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad accounts for the transitional phase between the U-21 USWNT and the senior USWNT. Many of the trial attendees recently completed their final college season and no longer are permitted to be on the junior team due to age restrictions. Schopman noted that some of the players might be invited for an extended trial with the USWNT in the upcoming months.

Congratulations to the following athletes who have been named to the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad:


TAYLOR BLOOD

Hampton Falls, N.H.
Boston University

KELSEY BRIDDELL

Wilton, N.Y.
University at Albany
 
ELENA CURLEY

Louisville, Ky.
Northwestern University

ALEXANDRA DOGGETT
Watertown, Mass.
Boston University

DANIELLE GREGA
Kingston, Pa.
Old Dominion University

ALEXANDRA HAMMEL
Duxbury, Mass.
Boston University
 
CARRIE HANKS
Niskayuna, N.Y.
University of Maryland

KARLIE HEISTAND
Hamburg, Pa.
University of Connecticut

ALEXA HOOVER
Collegeville, Pa.
University of Pennsylvania

LAURA HURFF
Newark, Del.
Syracuse University
 
TAYLOR LISTER
Hummelstown, Pa.
University of Delaware

CARRERA LUCAS

Brooklandville, Md.
University of Virginia

KELLY MARKS

Elverson, Pa.
University at Albany

RYAN MCCARTHY
Madison, N.J.
Princeton University
 
EMILY MCCOY
Lititz, Pa.
Boston College

ERIN MENGES
Richmond, Va.
College of William & Mary

SAMANTHA SWENSON
Harrogate, England
University of Michigan

KASEY TAPMAN
Annapolis, Md.
University of Maryland

KAITLIN TROMBETTA
Holbrook, Pa.
University of Michigan

CASEY UMSTEAD
Green Lane, Pa.
University of Connecticut

KATIE WALSH

Louisville, Ky.
University of Louisville

 

The U.S. Women’s National Team Development Squad is led by the coaching staff of Jun Kentwell, Mark Atherton and Andrew Griffiths.

This year’s USWNT Development Squad has a busy beginning part of the year. This includes four training camps, either in Pennsylvania or Virginia, as they prepare for a tour to Chile from May 15-24. Following that trip, athletes will be reevaluated and, if ready, called up to the senior team starting in September.

For more updates about the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad, visit usafieldhockey.com and follow @USAFieldHockey on Twitter.