Drake Names Traveling Roster for Europe FIH Hockey Pro League Games
by USA Field Hockey
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The No. 15 U.S. Women’s National Team will finish up the third season of the FIH Hockey Pro League with eight games in Europe when they take on No. 7 Spain, No. 13 China, No. 6 India and No. 8 Belgium. USWNT Head Coach Greg Drake and coaching staff have named the 26-athlete traveling roster that will head to Antwerp, Belgium and Rotterdam, Netherlands for the matches.
"We're really looking forward to this [FIH Hockey] Pro League tour,” commented Drake. “Both the schedule and the quality of the opponents present a huge challenge."
"We feel that our structure is improving, and our connections are building. We'll be looking to show this in our game play."
Majority of the traveling roster remains unchanged from previous FIH Hockey Pro League matches, but a few names are returning from when they faced England. Sanne Caarls (Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands), Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, Va.), Charlotte de Vries (Malvern, Pa.) and Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.) will all make the trip. This squad also includes Natalie “Pip” Konerth (Huntingtown, Md.) who will be making her senior USWNT debut, after being on Development Team in 2017 and 2019. Although 26 athletes are traveling to Europe, only 18 will be selected prior to each game to compete.
Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas), Sanne Caarls (Nieuw-Vennep, Netherlands), Leah Crouse (Virginia Beach, Va.), Charlotte de Vries (Malvern, Pa.), Brooke DeBerdine (Millersville, Pa.), Fusine Govaert (Bedford, N.Y.), Danielle Grega (Kingston, Pa.), Ally Hammel (Duxbury, Mass.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Karlie Kisha (Hamburg, Pa.), Pip Konerth (Huntingtown, Md.), Kelee Lepage (Honey Brook, Pa.), Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.), Alia Marshall (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Pa.), Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.), Jenny Rizzo (Hershey, Pa.), Kealsie Robles (Seaford, Va.), Megan Rodgers (San Diego, Calif.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.), Cassie Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.), Julianna Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.), Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.), Jillian Wolgemuth (Mount Joy, Pa.), Beth Yeager (Greenwich, Conn.), Maddie Zimmer (Hershey, Pa.)
"We're really excited to be bringing Pip Konerth into the group to play her first caps,” added Drake. “Pip performed exceptionally well at our camp in Charlotte in May and fully deserves her opportunity."
Saturday, June 11Spain vs. USA5:00 a.m. ET
Sunday, June 12Spain vs. USA5:00 a.m. ET
Saturday, June 18China vs. USA5:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, June 19China vs. USA5:30 a.m. ET
Tuesday, June 21USA vs. India10:30 a.m. ET
Wednesday, June 22USA vs. India10:30 a.m. ET
Saturday, June 25USA vs. Belgium5:30 a.m. ET
Sunday, June 26USA vs. Belgium5:00 a.m. ET
The matches against No. 7 Spain will be played at the Sportcentrum in Antwerp, Belgium. The games against No. 13 China and No. 6 India will be played at HC Rotterdam in The Netherlands and the ones against No. 8 Belgium at HC Den Bosch in The Netherlands.
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