Paul Announces 2023 Women’s Junior World Cup Roster, Return of JPAC Gold Medal Squad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team Head Coach Tracey Paul has named the 18-athlete roster, plus two non-traveling reserves and four alternates, for the upcoming 2023 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup (JWC) after the team secured qualification back in April by winning gold at the Junior Pan American Championship (JPAC).
The JWC is set to take place November 29 through December 10 at the newly renovated National Stadium Sports Park in Santiago, Chile.
“We are grateful for the opportunity we had for the U-21 squad to compete together on two teams at the Senior Nexus Championship,” said Tracey Paul, U-21 USWNT Head Coach. “It was a great step in our selection process.”
“Congratulations to all named to represent the USA at the Junior World Cup. We feel confident that this group will build on what we have already achieved and compete successfully with the best teams in the world. In Chile, we will create our own story and make the USA proud.”
All eighteen athletes who represented USA and brought home gold at the 2023 JPAC have been named to the roster. This includes JPAC Most Valuable Player Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.). The young squad includes a handful of athletes who are also members of the USWNT in Mia Abello (Houston, Texas), Olivia Bent-Cole (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ryleigh Heck (Ocean City, N.J.), Josie Hollamon (Delmar, Del.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), and Tamer. Katie Dixon (Cary, N.C.) and Lauren Wadas (Annville, Pa.) were both named to the senior team in June after their performances at the JPAC and a follow up training camp.
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been named to the 18-athlete roster for the women’s JWC:
Mia Abello (Houston, Texas), Lucy Adams (Andover, Mass.), Olivia Bent-Cole (Philadelphia, Pa.), Charlotte Bruder (Malvern, Pa.), Jans Croon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Katie Dixon (Cary, N.C.), Ryleigh Heck (Ocean City, N.J.), Josie Hollamon (Delmar, Del.), Daniela Mendez-Trendler (Reistertown, Md.), Madison Orsi (Downingtown, Pa.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Annabel Skubisz (Houston, Texas), Abigail Tamer (Whitmore Lake, Mich.), Kiersten Thomassey (New Albany, Ohio), Ellie Todd (Wellesley, Mass.), Reagan Underwood (Sinking Spring, Pa.), Lauren Wadas (Annville, Pa.), Rayne Wright (Bethlehem, Pa.)
The two non-traveling reserves are Mia Karine Myklebust (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Jayden Moon (Spotsylvania, Pa.).
The four alternates are Pyper Friedman (Phoenix, Md.), Izzy Bianco (Berlin, N.J.), Avery Donahue (Madison, N.J.), and Mia Magnotta (Forty-Fort, Pa.).
For this year’s JWC, the pools were established based on the first-ever FIH Junior World Cup Rankings, which place the Junior Eagles at No. 5. Joining USA in Pool D is No. 4 England, No. 12 New Zealand, and No. 15 Japan. They will face their first competitor on Thursday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET with a match against Japan. Their pool play will continue with a game against England on Friday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET, and conclude against New Zealand on Sunday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Crossovers commence on Tuesday, December 5, with the semifinal matches happening on Friday, December 8 and the final on Sunday, December 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET. All matches of the Junior World Cup will be streamed live on Watch.Hockey.
The squad will depart on November 22 to travel to Santiago, Chile to acclimate and train as well as play two pre-event test matches.
For more information regarding the 2023 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup, visit the event page.