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March 9, 2019 — The ragged edge of disaster, Part 1

It was pretty well known even before this morning’s 3-1 loss to New Zealand that the U.S. women’s national field hockey team was going to have its work cut out in order to advance to the last four of the FIH Hockey Pro League.

And with three defeats and a shootout loss to Argentina, the States are at the bottom of the table with a point out of four matches.

With a rebuilding team after losing the entire backbone of its team from Rio 2016, this was always going to be a work in progress. That work starts in earnest this week, as the States prepare for home matches against Belgium and Team GB at Lancaster before having four more home matches.

That leads into the final six matches of Pro League, where the Americans have five home games and can do themselves a world of good.

That is, if the Americans can get the full six points later this month.