Several Minutewomen Make High Performance Team
June 6, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - The USA Field Hockey Women's Junior National Championship will be held on June 18-25 in Virginia Beach, Va. and several UMass players will represent New England. Rising sophomores Mika Black, Hannah Prince, and Alexa Sikalis, and rising junior Kim Young were all selected to the New England Tournament Team, while rising sophomore Molly MacDonnell was selected to the Training Squad. First-year UMass Head Coach and USA U-19 National Team Head Coach Carla Tagliente is assisting the New England team.
The High Performance Women's Junior National Championship is a six-team tournament for U-21 players from regions throughout the country. Tryouts for each region were held over the past month with final selections being finalized last weekend. Four of the 18 players selected for the New England Team are from UMass.
This will be the second straight year competing at the Junior National Championship for Sikalis, while Black and Prince competed at the National Futures Championship (U-19) in 2010.
Black, Prince, and Sikalis are three of the talented 2010 freshman class for UMass that helped lead the Minutewomen to the Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA Tournament, the third time in four years for UMass in both.
Black, a 5-1 forward from Northampton, Mass. played in 22 games for UMass last season, starting in 11. She recorded one goal and one assist, and was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Oct. 26.
Prince is a 5-3 defender from Gorham, Maine and started in 21 games in the UMass backfield. She helped lead UMass to being the top defense in the A-10 (1.19 GAA and eight shutouts). Prince was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team at the conclusion of the season.
Sikalis is a 5-1 midfielder from Acton, Mass. She started in 21 of 23 games for the Minutewomen as a freshman and recorded five points on two goals and one assist. Sikalis was named A-10 All-Rookie, All-Championship, and was the A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player.
Young is a 5-2 midfielder from Sidney, N.Y. She has started 42 of 44 games in her two seasons at UMass, accumulating 19 points on seven goals and five assists. Young was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team and All-Championship Team in 2009.
MacDonnell, a 5-4 forward from Clifton, Va., played in all 23 games last season, including three starts. She recorded two goals in 2010, including the game-winner vs. No. 8 Syracuse. She was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Oct. 5.
The teams begin in Virginia Beach on June 17 with practice and round-robin play begins the following day. Play concludes on June 25 when a champion is crowned at the conclusion of tournament play.