COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After winning Junior Pan American Championship (JPAC) bronze and clinching their spot back in August, U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Head Coach Tracey Paul has named the 18-athlete roster for the upcoming 2021 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup (JWC). Set to take place December 5 to 16 in Potchefstroom, South Africa, USA’s squad has a mix of familiar names from JPAC with an addition of some key individuals.
“It is quite exciting to take the next step toward our trip to South Africa by announcing our Junior World Cup roster,” said Paul. “We have selected a very talented group, but, as we all know, that is only part of the equation that makes a successful team. Our training camp prior to leaving will allow us to develop the cohesion, culture and spirit necessary to get through the challenges that lie ahead of us in this tournament. I am looking forward to getting this group together again so that we can build on the relationships and hockey that started to develop in Chile.”
Fifteen athletes who represented USA at the JPAC have been named to the roster. The returners are led by Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), JPAC Most Valuable Player, and Charlotte de Vries (Malvern, Pa.), JPAC Top Goal Scorer. This talented group has the addition of three athletes who didn’t travel to Chile. This includes Natalie Friedman (Phoenix, Md.), goalkeeper Jonna Kennedy (Watertown, Mass.) and Reagan Underwood (Sinking Spring, Pa.).
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been named to the 18-athlete roster for the women’s JWC:
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.), Lindsay Dickinson (Glen Mills, Pa.), Riley Donnelly (Doylestown, Pa.), Natalie Friedman (Phoenix, Md.), Jonna Kennedy (Watertown, Mass.), Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Kathryn Peterson (San Diego, Calif.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Annabel Skubisz (Houston, Texas), Sofia Southam (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.), Reagan Underwood (Sinking Spring, Pa.), Lauren Wadas (Annville, Pa.), Maddie Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.)
The Junior USWNT will take part in a pre-tournament holding camp from November 26 to 29 at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. The following day the selected team will depart from Charlotte to make the trip to Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Although the official schedule has not yet been released, all matches of the Junior World Cup will be streamed live on Watch.Hockey.
Due to the initial COVID-19 postponement, the age restrictions for the Junior Pan American Championship shifted to reflect originally eligible athletes. For the Junior World Cup, only athletes born in 2000 or later are eligible to compete and this eliminated Gianna Glatz from the original JPAC roster.
For more information regarding the 2021 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World, visit the event page.