June 18, 2017
LANCASTER, Pa. – Four Virginia field hockey players are participating this week at the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship, an event put on by USA Field hockey at the Home of Hockey at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. from June 12 – 16.
Junior goalie Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) is playing for the USA Freedom team, sophomore midfielder Colleen Norair (Fredericksburg, Va.) is on USA Gold, sophomore forward Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) on USA White and junior striker Greta Ell (Plains, Pa.) is playing on the USA Red squad. Virginia assistant coach Ole Keusgen is serving as a coach for the U-21 team competing at the championship.
The YWNC is an annual event featuring the most elite female field hockey athletes in the country, including top collegiate and post-collegiate players. Over the spring, select athletes tried out and trained at regional USA Field Hockey High Performance sites throughout the country for an opportunity to earn a roster position. These teams will face off for the prestigious title of national champions and for an opportunity to be selected to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad and U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team.
At the conclusion of the YWNC, all four Cavalier players were selected to participate in national team camps, with Norair, Shanahan and Ell invited to the U21 camp while Lucas garnered an invitation to the National Development camp.
Janneke Schopman, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach and Director of Junior High Performance, selected the coaches for the YWNC. All high school graduates who are USA Field Hockey Members were eligible to tryout for a chance to make a Young Women’s National Championship team.