Dec. 29, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia freshman back Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.) has been named to the 2018 United States U-21 Women’s National Team, as announced on Thursday (Dec. 28) by head coach Phil Edwards.

Edwards announced the addition of Robinson and four other players following the final training camp weekend of the year and a trial opportunity for athletes identified during the college season.

Robinson earned All-South Region Second Team and VaSID All-State Second Team honors this year with the Cavaliers. She was an integral part of a defensive unit that tallied seven shutouts this season, including a streak of 371 minutes without allowing a goal, a streak that spanned six games after beginning in the first half of the William & Mary game on Sept. 15 and included the four shutouts of Richmond, Boston College, Pacific and Wake Forest. In addition to her defense, Robinson also finished the season with two goals, including the game-winner at Wake Forest, and five assists.

Robinson was previously a member of the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team following her selection last December at the 2016 STX Select event.

“I feel truly honored to represent Team USA!” Robinson said. “It’s a great opportunity to wear the red, white and blue and improve my hockey skills!”

Members of the team will participate in a training camp at Spooky Nook Sports in Pennsylvania from January 14-15, 2018 followed by a trip to Chula Vista, Calif., where they will train at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center from February 1-5, 2018. A few more training camps will take place during the spring before a tour to Argentina June 11-18, 2018.