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March 29, 2019 — Fortress Lancaster?

The United States women’s field hockey team came into this weekend needing confidence, goals, and some home cooking after playing its entire FIH Pro League schedule away from its training base at Spooky Nook.

The States played pretty well against a Belgium side which has been tipped as a possible rival to World Cup champion Holland and Olympic champion Great Britain. It, however, took nine rounds of the penalty shootout to win the game 5-4 after a 1-1 draw.

The win solidified the credentials of Danielle Grega as a bona fide scorer at the international level, as she leveled the match 10 minutes from time. But it is also possible that the “goalkeeper by committee” approach that head coach Janneke Schopmann has employed thus far may have yielded a frontrunner in Stanford’s Kelsey Bing.

The shootout win, however, means that the U.S. dropped a potential point in the World League standings, and are now next-to-last in the World League table with three points.

The only team behind them? Sunday night’s opponent, Team GB. Great Britain, your defending Olympic champs, are looking up from the bottom of the table, scoring a paltry three goals thus far in the Pro League.

So, tomorrow night’s game between the two sides is not just to escape the bottom of the standings, but also to gain a measure of momentum as the games come thick and fast over the next three months.

And three points Sunday, at home, are an absolute must in order to keep the U.S. in the hunt for one of the final four slots in the Pro League.