United States women's national field hockey team

The United States women's national field hockey team,[2][3] coached by Caroline Nelson-Nichols since 2019,[4] made its first international appearance in 1920 when a touring team visited England, coached by Constance M.K. Applebee. The team made several international appearances in the early 20th Century, leading to the United States hosting the eighth International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations Tournament in 1963. Once the IFWHA merged with its counterpart on the men's side, the United States' first appearance at an FIH-sanctioned tournament was the 1983 Women's Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the Americans ended up in sixth place. They have won bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics and bronze at the 1994 World Cup.[5][6]

United States
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AssociationUSA Field Hockey
ConfederationPAHF (Americas)
CoachCaroline Nelson-Nichols
CaptainAshley Hoffman
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Away
FIH ranking
Current 14 Decrease 1 (3 February 2020)[1]
Summer Olympics
Appearances6 (first in 1984)
Best result3rd (1984)
FIH World Cup
Appearances9 (first in 1983)
Best result3rd (1994)
Pan American Games
Appearances9 (first in 1987)
Best result1st (2011, 2015)
Pan American Cup
Appearances6 (first in 2001)
Best result2nd (2001, 2004, 2009, 2013)

OlympicsEdit

Los Angeles 1984 OlympicsEdit

During the 1984 Summer Olympics, the team won their first international prize, a bronze medal. This happened after The Netherlands defeated Australia (2–0) in the final match of the round-robin tournament and Australia and the United States were left tied for third place with identical records: two wins, two losses, one draw, and nine goals scored and seven goals conceded. Following the Holland-Australia match, the United States players came down from the stands and competed with the Australians in a penalty shoot-out to decide the bronze medal. The US won the shootout (10–5) to claim America's first Olympic medal in women's field hockey.[7]

Beijing 2008 OlympicsEdit

The Olympic qualifying squad placed first in the second series of games during the 2008 Women's Hockey Olympic Qualifier. They lost to Germany (4–2) and finished in eighth place. [8]

London 2012 OlympicsEdit

The USWNT qualified for the London 2012 Summer Olympics after defeating Argentina 4–2 at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. had high hopes of finishing their rocky 2012 Olympic campaign on a high note. Unfortunately, that did not happen for Team USA as the final match at Riverbank Arena in London's Olympic Park ended with a disappointing 2–1 loss to Belgium, leaving the U.S. with a last place finish in the tournament.

Rio 2016 OlympicsEdit

 
The team in 2016

In similar fashion to qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, the USWNT defeated Argentina at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada to punch their ticket to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. In pool play the USWNT toppled both global hockey powerhouses Argentina (2nd FIH World Ranked) and Australia (3rd FIH World Ranked) with the same score of 2–1. Continuing in their preliminary schedule, the USA pushed past Japan (6–1) and India (3–0). The match in quarter-final play with Great Britain blemished the undefeated record of USWNT, 2–1. They placed fifth.

Tournament historyEdit

World Cup[9]
Year Host city Position
1981   Buenos Aires, Argentina DNP
1983   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6th
1986   Amsterdam, Netherlands 9th
1990   Sydney, Australia 12th
1994   Dublin, Ireland 3rd
1998   Utrecht, Netherlands 8th
2002   Perth, Australia 9th
2006   Madrid, Spain 6th
2010   Rosario, Argentina DNP
2014   The Hague, Netherlands 4th
2018   London, England 14th
Pan American Cup[10]
Year Host city Position
2001   Kingston, Jamaica 2nd
2004   Bridgetown, Barbados 2nd
2009   Hamilton, Bermuda 2nd
2013   Mendoza, Argentina 2nd
2017   Lancaster, United States 3rd
2021   Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago Qualified
Pan American Games[11]
Year Host city Position
1987   Indianapolis, United States 2nd
1991   Havana, Cuba 3rd
1995   Mar del Plata, Argentina 2nd
1999   Winnipeg, Canada 2nd
2003   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2nd
2007   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd
2011   Guadalajara, Mexico 1st
2015   Toronto, Canada 1st
2019   Lima, Peru 3rd
Olympic Games[12]
Year Host city Position
1980   Moscow, Soviet Union N/A
1984   Los Angeles, United States 3rd
1988   Seoul, South Korea 8th
1992   Barcelona, Spain DNP
1996   Atlanta, United States 5th
2000   Sydney, Australia DNP
2004   Athens, Greece DNP
2008   Beijing, China 8th
2012   London, United Kingdom 12th
2016   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th
2020   Tokyo, Japan DNP
Champions Trophy[13]
Year Host city Position
1987–1993 Did not participate
1995   Mar del Plata, Argentina 3rd
1997   Berlin, Germany 6th
1999–2014 Did not participate
2016   London, United Kingdom 3rd
World League[14]
Year Round Host city Position
2012–13 Round 2   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st
Semi-finals   London, England 5th
2014–15 Semi-finals   Valencia, Spain 5th
2016–17 Semi-final   Johannesburg, South Africa 1st
Final   Auckland, New Zealand 7th
Pro League[15]
Year Finals Host city Position
2019   Amstelveen, Netherlands 9th

TeamEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 18 players represented the United States in the FIH Pro League match against Argentina on 8 February 2020, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[16]

Caps are current as of 8 February 2020 after the match against Argentina.

Head coach: Caroline Nelson-Nichols

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
3 1GK Jessica Jecko (1994-03-31) 31 March 1994 (age 25) 11 0   CNY
30 1GK Kealsie Robles (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 11 0   Focus Field Hockey Club

5 2DF Casey Umstead (1996-02-16) 16 February 1996 (age 24) 28 1   X-Calibur
7 2DF Ali Campbell (1991-10-13) 13 October 1991 (age 28) 34 2   X-Calibur
13 2DF Ashley Hoffman (C) (1996-11-08) 8 November 1996 (age 23) 71 7   X-Calibur
27 2DF Laura Hurff (1996-05-05) 5 May 1996 (age 23) 26 1   X-Calibur
33 2DF Caroline Hanks (1996-02-09) 9 February 1996 (age 24) 3 0   ADK

2 3MF Lauren Moyer (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 24) 75 10   Nook Hockey
6 3MF Virginia Bramley (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 22) 4 0   Penn State University
8 3MF Alyssa Parker (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 25) 44 5   Washington Wolves
12 3MF Amanda Magadan (1995-03-28) 28 March 1995 (age 24) 80 7   Rapid Fire Elite
16 3MF Linnea Gonzales (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 22) 31 2   H20 Field Hockey
17 3MF Anna Dessoye (1994-07-13) 13 July 1994 (age 25) 57 3   Valley Styx
18 3MF Mary Barham (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 28) 23 0   Capital Pegasus
24 3MF Kelee Lepage (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 22) 2 0   X-Calibur
25 3MF Karlie Heistand (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 24) 2 0   Highstyx

4 4FW Danielle Grega (1996-07-02) 2 July 1996 (age 23) 31 11   KaPow & PA Elite FHC
11 4FW Taylor West (1993-12-13) 13 December 1993 (age 26) 76 18   The Shore

The remainder of the 2020 national squad is as follows:

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kelsey Bing (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 22) 22 0   Texas Pride v.   India; November 2, 2019

DF Julia Young (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 24) 54 1   Focus Field Hockey Club v.   India; November 2, 2019
DF Kelly Marks (1992-07-15) 15 July 1992 (age 27) 1 0   New Canaan v.   China; June 15, 2019
DF Ali Froede (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 (age 26) 91 5   Rampage v.   India; November 2, 2019
DF Alexandra Hammel (1996-06-16) 16 June 1996 (age 23) 1 0   Boston University v.   Argentina; February 7, 2020
DF Alyssa Manley (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 25) 124 3   Sutters Brigade & High Styx v.   India; November 2, 2019

MF Mackenzie Allessie (2001-03-06) 6 March 2001 (age 18) 23 9   Alleycats v.   Chile; August 9, 2019

FW Erin Matson (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 19) 62 16   WC Eagles v.   India; November 2, 2019
FW Madison Maguire (1997-09-04) 4 September 1997 (age 22) 2 0   X-Calibur v.   Argentina; February 7, 2020
FW Margaux Paolino (1997-07-01) 1 July 1997 (age 22) 29 4   X-Calibur v.   India; November 2, 2019
FW Kathleen Sharkey (C) (1990-04-30) 30 April 1990 (age 29) 176 49   Valley Styx v.   India; November 2, 2019

Notable playersEdit

ResultsEdit

2020 Fixtures and ResultsEdit

2019 Statistics
Pld W WD LD L GF GA GD Pts
3 0 0 0 3 3 21 –18 0

Chile Test SeriesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "USA Field Hockey – Features, Events, Results – Team USA". Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Field Hockey USA". Retrieved December 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "USA Field Hockey names Caroline Nelson-Nichols as new head coach for the national team". York Dispatch. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  5. ^ "Olympics 2016 – New-look U.S. field hockey team can go from worst to first". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "Why USA Olympic field hockey suddenly isn't terrible". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  7. ^ "U.S. Women's Field Hockey Team Exits Olympics With Quarterfinal Loss To Germany". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Mifflin, Lawrie (August 13, 2008). "FINAL SCORE: Women's Field Hockey USA 2–4 Germany". Rings Blog. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
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  15. ^ "FIH confirms Spain men and Belgium women join Hockey Pro League". FIH.
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