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July 28, 2021 — The American connections

Without an American team in the 2021 Olympic field hockey competition, there are still a number of American connections on show.

Last night had a big, big cluster of former NCAA stars as Maryland’s Nike Lorenz and UConn’s Cecile Pieper played for Germany against an Ireland side with Louisville’s Ayesha McFerrel, Sarah Hawkshaw of the University of Massachusetts, Northeastern’s Deirdre Duke, and Connecticut’s Roisin Upton.

In past years, you did not see a great number of Olympic field hockey players with NCAA experience. They would play their developmental hockey for their local club or for their domestic league.

That has changed marginally in the last couple of decades as the number of foreign athletes in NCAA field hockey has increased. Still, the number of players with an NCAA connection at these Games is a scant few.