It’s indoor field hockey season, and while there are berths to be won for the National Indoor Tournament, a pair of select teams are set to not only represent the United States, but to represent a wide swath of experience in the game of field hockey.
The United States is sending not one, but two teams to the Rorhmax Cup tournament in Austria. The members of these two teams are likely to make up the U.S. side for qualification for the 2018 Indoor World Cup.
The team pool features UMass stars Hannah Prince and Sam Carlino, Norfolk Academy stalwart Riley Fulmer, sophomore star Samantha Popper, and Madison Orobono and Meredith Sholder from outdoor No. 1 team Emmaus (Pa.).
Head coach Jun Kentwell has a number of W.C. Eagles club players on the roster. And, given how dominating the Spring City, Pa. club has been over the last decade, this is justifiable.
While this team is going to be in the “long game” of playing together over the course of years in order to peak for the Indoor World Cup, there’s another team wearing red, white, and blue with players who know a thing or two about the long game.
This coming February, the inaugural International Masters Hockey Association World Cup will be held in Krefeld, Germany. The United States is sending an experienced Over-40 side to the tournament. This includes indoor veterans Maria Keesling, Denise Zelenak, and Nicky Hitchens.
The team also includes former senior women’s national teamer Mimi Smith, late of Old Dominion University. Another selection is Melissa Mertz, who administers field hockey for the most prominent state for the scholastic game, Pennsylvania.
But what’s also pretty awesome is that the legendary Linda Kreiser, a member of the 1980 Olympic field hockey team, is on the roster as an alternate. She still plays every year for the Red Rose women’s club team alongside her coaching duties.