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June 24, 2019 — The end of a road, beginning of another

The U.S. women’s field hockey team learned a number of hard lessons during their 16-game FIH Pro League campaign.

The numbers don’t lie; the American team had just one win, gave up 47 goals, and finished at the bottom of the nine-team league. It’s a side which has had to bring up some very young players in order to make up for a number of retirements.

The U.S. “kid corps” include the likes of Mackenzie Allessie, Margaux Paolino, and Erin Matson on attack, and it looks as though the American coaching staff is going to go with age-group national teamer Kelsey Bing in the goal cage. The Stanford product has been Player of the Match twice during the Pro League, which says something about her demeanor in the face of such opposing offensive pressure.

Can the American side use the next 32 days in order to organize, improve, or upgrade in time for the Pan American Games in Peru? We’ll see.