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Apr. 10, 2017 — Youth (and age) being served

The United States women’s national field hockey team placed fourth and last at the Hawke’s Bay Cup in New Zealand, which concluded over the weekend.

But with a pair of chances for the U.S. to qualify for the 2018 FIH World Cup later this year, all eyes will be on head coach Janneke Schopmann’s player choices coming off this tournament.

First-timers such as Ashley Hoffman, Amanda DiNunzio, Erin Matson and Alyssa Parker had goals during this tournament. Veterans Kat Sharkey, Jill Witmer, and Michelle Vittese also had major impacts for the Applebees.

But it’s fine the differences between teams — especially teams of the quality of Australia and New Zealand — that could have been the difference in the Americans’ effort in Hawke’s Bay. The States won one game, drew one, and lost five. Only one of the defeats was by more than one goal.

With so many caps left home, however, this is an encouraging series of results. How good could this team get with the right mix of players?