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May 12, 2022 — What have we learned from the Rise series?

Well, the U.S. U-18 Rise field hockey team is consistent. In the first two Tests against Canada this week at the Proving Grounds in Conshohocken, Pa., the States have run out 5-2 winners.

In each game, the States have shown some flashes of individual brilliance. There was a segment in Game 1 when U.S. center forward Lauren Kenah attacked along the baseline and appeared to melt through three opposing Canadian defenders. The States have scored on field goals as well as penalty corners, and have shown pretty good field generalship in the final third.

About the only thing you could fault the U.S. for are some pretty generous turnovers. One, on a bad set on a penalty corner, led to the first Canadian goal in the second Test. The ball went under the U.S. battery and Canada ran a perfect snowbird for the goal.

But the defense has had its moments, and will be looking to build on those moments and lessons learned in order to improve their careers at the next level.

For now, however, there will be two more games against Canada this week before the U-16s play for four games in Surrey, B.C. against the Young Leafs.

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