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Feb. 17, 2019 — Cold War becomes cold night

The U.S. women’s field hockey team tried to use geographical advantage in its opening FIH World League match against the No. 1 team in the world, Holland.

Instead of scheduling a game at an FIH-compliant facility in a warm-weather facility such as Chula Vista or Moorpark, the game was held last night at Wake Forest University, where game-time temperatures were in the 30s. The United States had its Cold War.

However, the cold also froze the Americans’ shooting and its defense, as a hot Oranje side scored all of the goals and took all points in a 5-0 shutout. It was one of the worst losses ever suffered by a U.S. women’s side on home soil in an FIH-sponsored competition, and the most lopsided defeat at home since losing 7-1 and 7-2 to Holland in a friendly series at Stanford in January 2018.

The Americans still have plenty of time and games to try to make up its deficit in the league table in order to try to make the four-team Grand Final. But the defeat puts extra emphasis on the States’ next two home matches in March at Spooky Nook, where a six-point weekend against Team GB and Belgium will be essential.