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Jan. 22, 2015 — Three years mean a lot

The 18-player roster for next summer’s FIL U-19 Women’s World Cup was finalized yesterday.

It’s an impressive group with players from the usual collection of schools, including four from the best league in the country, the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM). And two of them — Brindi Griffin and Andie Aldave — represent the greatest program in the U.S. this decade, Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.).

As much as this tournament — as well as field hockey’s Junior World Cup — celebrates the best of the U-19 age group, it’s a bit of a downer that, because of the accident of birth and scheduling, only one team gets assembled every four years to take on the world. This means that a number of elite players which could have made the roster in between tournaments are either in college or are just rounding into varsity shape when tournaments actually get played?

How good would would the U.S. junior national team team have been if it was assembled in, for example, 2013? Certainly, players such as Taylor Cummings, Zoe Stukenberg, Carly Reed, Corinne Wessels, Megan Whittle, and Besser Dyson would have been in the side. And it would have been an awesome squad.

It’s going to be interesting to see if the team Kim Simons has assembled can rise to that level this summer in Germany.

 

 

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