COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. U-21/22 Women’s National Team Head Coach Tracey Paul has confirmed the 18-athlete roster that will compete in the women’s 2021 Junior Pan American Championship (JPAC). Taking place August 21 to 28 at the Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago, Chile, six nations will gather in the women’s division for this qualifier for the 2021 FIH Hockey Junior World Cup.
"Narrowing our squad down from 32 has been extremely difficult and highlighted the depth and talent we have,” commented Paul. “There is a lot of potential in this team and I am very excited to see what this group of not only talented athletes but exceptional young women can bring in Chile. I think we have a balanced squad that poses a huge threat on attack alongside a strong defensive unit, and I am looking forward to seeing them perform at JPAC.”
At the end of June, a training squad was established following the Young Women’s National Championship. Select athletes from this group participated in a four-game series against Chile from June 30 through July 4 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. for further evaluation and to assist in narrowing the final team.
Leading the squad are seven athletes who were added to the U.S. Women’s National Team in June, and are of age to compete, including Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, Va.), Charlotte De Vries (Malvern, Pa.), Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.), Sofia Southam (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Madeleine Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.).
The goalkeepers for the tournament are Gianna Glatz (Medford, N.J.) and Annabel Skuzbisz (Houston, Texas).
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to represent Team USA at the women’s JPAC:
Gracyn Banks (Burlington, N.J.), Kayla Blas (North Tonawanda, N.Y.), Skyler Caron (Hampton, N.H.), Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, Va.), Charlotte De Vries (Malvern, Pa.), Emma DeBerdine (Millersville, Pa.), Lindsay Dickinson (Glen Mills, Pa.), Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, Pa.), Gianna Glatz (Medford, N.J.), Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Kathryn Peterson (San Diego, Calif.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.), Annabel Skubisz (Houston, Texas), Sofia Southam (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) Lauren Wadas (Annville, Pa.), Madeleine Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.).
At the 2016 JPAC, USA finished second behind Argentina. Qualifying for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cup they placed eighth out of the sixteen participating teams.
USA sits in Pool B with Chile and Trinidad and Tobago. They open against Chile on Sunday, August 22 at 11:00 p.m. ET and play Chile on Monday, August 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
|Sun., August 22||12:00 PM||B||Chile||vs||USA|
|Mon., August 23||12:00 PM||B||USA||vs||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Thurs., August 26||12:00 PM||5th/6th||3rd Pool A||vs||3rd Pool B|
|2:00 PM||SF1||1st Pool A||vs||2nd Pool B|
|4:00 PM||SF2||1st Pool B||vs||2nd Pool A|
|Sat., August 28||10:00 AM||3rd/4th||Loser SF1||vs||Loser SF2|
|12:00 PM||1st/2nd||Winner SF1||vs||Winner SF2|
*All times are Eastern Time Zone
The top three women’s teams at the JPAC will qualify for the 2021 FIH Junior Hockey World Cup, set for December 5 to 16 in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
For more information regarding the 2021 Junior Pan American Championship, visit the event page.