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Sept. 16, 2019 — A conflict, resolved?

Yesterday, the ACC Network, a new digital channel for the conference’s sports which is funded in partnership with ESPN, showed its fourth field hockey game of the season.

During a lull in the action, analyst Leah Secondo, who has been calling games since ACC was partnering with Raycom and Fox, came out with a bit of news.

She said that Erin Matson of North Carolina would be missing about three games with UNC when the U.S. women’s national team is traveling to India for the two-game qualifier against India.

In other words, no matter what the results of the friendlies later this month against Canada, Matson is going to be on the plane to Bhubaneswar.

Secondo also intimated that Duke undergraduate Margaux Paolino was also going to be missing action late in the ACC regular season as she and the rest of the Applebees prepare to play for an Olympic berth.

We discussed yesterday the “club vs. country” conflicts within international sport, and the fact that FIH doesn’t really have a hard-and-fast rule regarding the role an international coach has in terms of callups.

In world soccer, clubs are expected to release players for national team duty if the games are in a FIFA international match window. This includes World Cup and continental qualifiers and friendlies scheduled during those time periods.

In the U.S., it appears that the four undergraduate players who were on the roster for the 2019 Pan American Games — Matson, Paolino, Kelsey Bing, and Mackenzie Allessie — are going to be in the side for the matches at India.

That would tell us that NCAA coaches are heeding the need of the national team for the long-term gain in the sport. A loss in the qualifiers against India would mean an Olympic/Paralympic Committee funding cut for USA Field Hockey, which would be a detriment to the sport nationwide.