June 1, 2013
The 2013-14 U.S. women's national field hockey team, coached by Craig Parnham, was named Friday. The team, which features 12 Olympians and seven local players, will report to Rutgers to prepare for the International Hockey Federation's World League semifinal in London from June 22 to 30. The 18-player roster for the World Cup-qualifying event is expected to be named during the week of June 3. Here are the players on the team: Torrie Albini, Escondido,...
March 5, 2013
The U.S. women's field hockey team routed host Brazil, 6-0, Monday on the first day of the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, making coach Craig Parnham a winner in his debut with the squad. Mount St. Joseph graduate Katie Reinprecht scored before Katie O'Donnell (Wissahickon High) connected on a penalty corner by redirecting a shot by Rachel Dawson (Eastern). Lauren Pfeiffer (Lenape) finished off the scoring with a goal in the final minutes.
January 26, 2013
USA Field Hockey and Spooky Nook Sports on Friday announced a partnership that will move the U.S. women's national team's headquarters to Lancaster through 2022. Spooky Nook Sports, named after their location on Spooky Nook Road in Lancaster, is billed as the nation's soon-to-be largest indoor sports complex and will also host national USA Field Hockey-sanctioned events beginning in 2014. "Nook Sports is one of the most spectacular athletic facilities in the country," said Steve Locke, executive director of USA Field Hockey, in a statement.
August 4, 2012 |
LONDON - Lauren Crandall stood on the stroke line and stared straight ahead, right through the helmet of Australian goalie Toni Cronk. Crandall had a plan for the penalty stroke. It was just her and the goalie, and the captain of the U.S. field hockey team was going to aim for the bottom left corner. "It went exactly where I wanted it to go," the Central Bucks East graduate said. "I just didn't want her to save it. " But Crandall's miss was just one of several lost opportunities for Team USA in its 1-0 loss to Australia on Thursday at Riverbank Arena.
August 2, 2012 |
LONDON - The U.S. women's field hockey team learned two things Tuesday night. One, that shocking Pan Am Games victory over Argentina last year was no fluke. Two, they learned just how long 42 minutes can be. That's how long the U.S. team had to protect its 1-0 lead against an international powerhouse that had routed South Africa, 7-1, two days earlier. "It was a little rough," Cherry Hill's Michelle Vittese said. "[Argentina] is a team that is capable of pretty much anything, with any amount of time on the clock.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - The chants of "USA" swarmed Riverbank Arena, which was chilly, damp, and mostly quiet to that point. Then, one fan sitting in the highest section - where the blue and pink painted venue met the black night sky - yelled out, "Lauren Crandall, you're my hero!" For that moment, the Central Bucks East graduate was a hero, scoring a goal with 14 minutes remaining in the second half to cut Germany's lead to 2-1. The buzz remained in the stadium as the clock ticked down slowly.
July 27, 2012 |
AS LEGEND GOES, an Englishwoman named Constance Applebee brought field hockey to the United States, more specifically to upstate New York, in 1901. Within 20 years, Applebee and her teachings had made their way south to Philadelphia, where she began coaching at Bryn Mawr College. In 1920, she took a team of Philly-area women across the pond to England to compete against the world's best. Just like that, Philadelphia was officially on its way to becoming an American field hockey hotbed.
July 24, 2012 |
In this age of youth-sports specialization when even grade-schoolers often focus on one sport, Lauren Crandall said that doing the opposite helped her on the road to being captain of the U.S. Olympic field hockey team. The Central Bucks East High School graduate, about to be a two-time Olympian at age 27, said it is an advantage starting a sport at a young age. Her issue is the one-sport emphasis. "It's just sad. You can learn a lot the more sports you play," Crandall said. "I think I picked up a lot about movement on the field from playing soccer.
July 22, 2012
Here is a list of regional competitors as listed on the U.S. Olympic team roster: Nicole Barnhart, soccer, Gilbertsville Jordan Burroughs, wrestling, Sicklerville Miles Chamley-Watson, fencing, Philadelphia Lauren Crandall, field hockey Doylestown Rachael Dawson, field hockey, Berlin Phillip Dutton, equestrian, West Grove, Katelyn Falgowski, field hockey, Landenberg Susan Francia, rowing, Abington Andrew Gemmell, swimming,...
June 13, 2012 |
Women's field hockey will pop up on TV screens this July, if only for a game on an afternoon - like many Olympic sports. And some familiar names will be on the United States roster. On Monday, U.S. coach Lee Bodimeade announced his 16-player roster, which is stocked with area athletes. They include captain Lauren Crandall, a Central Bucks East graduate; Rachel Dawson (Eastern Regional); Katie O'Donnell (Wissahickon); and Michelle Vittese (Camden Catholic). The team also features a pair of Mount St. Joseph Academy alumnae: sisters Julia and Katie Reinprecht of Perkasie.