CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –  Two current members of the Virginia field hockey team and a recent graduates have been invited by USA Field Hockey to attend the Women’s Development Team selection camp.

Based on their performances at this year’s Young Women’s National Championship, junior Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.), senior Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) and recent-graduate Carrera Lucas (Brooklandville, Md.) have been selected to participate in the next step in the Olympic development pathway, the U21 and Development Squad Selection Camp, to be held in December at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

Shanahan and Lucas were both members of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Development Squad that traveled to the Netherlands in April to compete against the Scotland Women’s National Team and Belgium’s U-21 Team. Robinson was a member of the 2019 U21 team that traveled to Germany in April to face U21 teams from Great Britain and Germany.
The YWNC is an annual event featuring 144 elite female field hockey athletes, including for the first time the 2019 U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team along with top collegiate and post-collegiate players. Over the spring, select athletes tried out and trained at USA Field Hockey High-Performance Centers throughout the country for an opportunity to earn a spot in the tournament that is the next step on the Olympic Development Pathway. These teams faced off for the prestigious title of national champions with 32 players being selected to attend the development camp to try to earn a spot on the 2020 U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s National Development Team, or a trial for the U.S. Women’s National Team.