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Jan. 11, 2020 — A clear fingerprint

Yesterday afternoon, the roster for the senior women’s U.S. national field hockey team was released for the 2020 FIH Pro League season.

As you might expect, for a nation not making the 2020 Olympics, this is very much an experimental lineup with many familiar faces such as captain Kat Sharkey, goalie Kelsey Bing, and proven scorers like Erin Matson, Margaux Paolino, and Mackenzie Allessie not on the roster.

Returning to the fold are Laura Hurff and Ali Campbell, both of whom were on the U.S. women’s indoor national team at the recent Rohrmax Cup.

But what should be incredibly exciting is the young talent on the roster. Duke’s Haley Schleicher is the only scholastic field hockey player with at least 200 goals and 200 assists. Rachel Robinson, after being a teammate with Allessie at Mount Joy Donegal (Pa.), had an amazing latter half of her junior year at Virginia as an attacking midfielder. Corinne Zanolli, out of the storied Newtown Square Episcopal Academy (Pa.) program, had 33 goals this past fall for the Stanford Cardinal.

The University of Maryland’s Kelee Lepage willed Elverson Twin Valley (Pa.) to a state title her senior year in high school, and fellow Terp Madison Maguire had 130 goals in her career at Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Also, James Madison’s Miranda Rigg had 47 goals her senior season for Fredericksburg James Monroe (Va.).

This is a team with head coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols’ imprint on it, and we’ll know in a couple of weeks whether this works out.