COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Virginia field hockey student-athletes Jans Croon, Madison Orsi, Daniela Mendez-Trendler and Mia Abello have been named to the U.S. U 21 team that will be competing at the 2023 FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup, being held November 29-December 10 at National Stadium Sports Park in Santiago, Chile.
U-21 head coach Tracey Paul named the 18-athlete roster plus two non-traveling reserves and four alternates on Friday (August 4).
“Congratulations to all named to represent the USA at the Junior World Cup,” Paul said. “We feel confident that this group will build on what we have already achieved and compete successfully with the best teams in the world. In Chile, we will create our own story and make the USA proud.”
All eighteen athletes who represented the USA and brought home gold at the 2023 Junior Pan American Championships, including the four Cavaliers, have been named to the roster. The young squad includes a handful of athletes who are also members of the US Women’s Senior National Team, including Abello.
All four Cavaliers were members of the championship team at the 2023 Nexus Championship presented by Osaka Hockey in Virginia Beach last month.
For this year’s JWC, the pools were established based on the first-ever FIH Junior World Cup Rankings which place the Junior Eagles at No. 5. Joining USA in Pool D is No. 4 England, No. 12 New Zealand, and No. 15 Japan. They will face their first competitor on Thursday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET with a match against Japan. Their pool play will continue with a game against England on Friday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET, and conclude against New Zealand on Sunday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Crossovers commence on Tuesday, December 5, with the semifinal matches happening on Friday, December 8 and the final on Sunday, December 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET. All matches of the Junior World Cup will be streamed live on Watch.Hockey.