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Jan. 7, 2018 — A couple of field hockey players to support during the Winter Olympics

We’re about a month away from the PyeongChang 2018, and while most field hockey fans sort of mark off the occasion as a halfway point to another Olympic field hockey tournament, it is also a time to take stock of the specialization of sport at younger and younger ages.

Take, for instance, the composition of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team. The 2018 roster is more Western and Northern than ever before; Minnesota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Colroado, and North Dakota are the hometowns of the players rather than most of them being from New England and coming through the Assabet Valley (Mass.) youth program.

Indeed, when you look at the biographies of the players, many of them played in club and development programs outside of their high schools. One notable: Megan Duggan, who found time to play soccer and lacrosse at Ashburnham Cushing Academy (Mass.).

As has been the case for many recent U.S. Olympic ice hockey rosters, you can’t find a former field hockey player of note on any of them.

There are, however, a couple of U.S. field hockey players to watch for this winter. Former American University field hockey players Savannah Graybill and Megan Henry are on the six-woman United States elite squad in skeleton, and the final chance for the American sliders to earn points towards Olympic selection are this weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

For more on these two, here is a Hartford Courant profile on Henry and a Lancaster New Era profile on Graybill.