Six current Virginia field hockey players and two alumnae will be competing at the 2021 Young Women’s National Championship June 15-20, 2021, at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va.
The top collegiate and post-collegiate players will compete in the high-level, international structured Young Women’s National Championship with selection for the 2021-22 U.S. U-21/ U-22 and Women’s National Development Teams at stake. All current Rise, U-21 and National Development Team members were invited to participate in the tournament.
Current Cavaliers Adele Iacobucci (Team Spirit), Lauren Hausheer (Team United), Lilly Hengerer (Team Liberty), Meghen Hengerer (Team Patriots), Alexandra Morgan (Team Dream) and Greer Gill (Team Dream) will all be competing as well as former Cavaliers Carrera Lucas (Team Patriots) and Erin Shanahan (Team Honor).
Virginia assistant Rachel Dawson will be coaching Team Honor.
The Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC) will feature a 10-team pool of top collegiate and post-collegiate athletes and members of the current Rise, U.S U-21 Women’s National Team, National Development Team and USWNT. Each team will play 3 pool games following the International Hockey Federation’s FIH Hockey Pro League points system (Win = 3; Draw = 1; Loss = 0; Shootout Win = 1). Crossover games on the final day will be how teams finish in terms of ranking to determine the placements.
“Congratulations to all the players on being selected to compete in the [Young Men’s and Women’s] National Championship,” said Phil Edwards, USA Field Hockey’s Senior Manager of Coaching and Performance. “We are looking forward to the return of the women’s event [which was caneled in 2020] with an added twist as the USWNT players join the tournament and in doing so increase both the number of teams and level of competition.”
Training begins on Tuesday, June 15 with pool play being held June 16-19. Championship matches will be played on Sunday, June 20.