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March 2, 2019 — Leads, and points, lost

The U.S. women’s national field hockey team has, in the first halves of each of its three FIH Pro League matches, have played better on the road than at home.

Following on from the opener at Argentina when the States took a 2-0 lead by halftime, the U.S. this morning held a 1-0 lead on the road against Australia.

Alas, the Americans yielded two fourth-quarter goals and let the Hockeyroos take all three points with a 2-1 score line. The Americans have no wins in three FIHPL games, but have a critical road point at Argentina, which could be valuable with the States’ home Pro League schedule in the spring and summer.

The contest did show that the Americans have more than just one young attacking weapon, as Danielle Grega, late of Old Dominion, had her second goal in only her fifth international appearance.

But long-term, this game may yet be known as the coming-out party for Syracuse graduate Jess Jecko. She is a goalkeeper who, when in form, is a difficult opponent to solve because of her anticipation and toughness.

Jecko was named Player of the Match by the FIH, and I think if she is able to find the same kind of form that got her to consecutive NCAA title matches, she can help the States steal a road point or two during Pro League play.