Verelst Joins Belgian Junior World Cup Team
July 14, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey incoming freshman Charlotte Verelst was selected for the Belgian Junior World Cup Team following a five-game friendly slate from July 3-8. Verelst becomes the third Minutewoman chosen to participate with a national squad for the international tournament, joining Team USA members Hannah Prince and Sam Carlino.
"To be part of Belgium's team means a lot to me," Verelst said. "That is why I'm proud to represent my country at the Junior World Cup. I worked hard during these last years to improve and this selection is a reward."
Verelst, a native of Braine l'Alleud, Belgium, is currently a member of the Belgian U21 National Team and competed for her country at the U15, U16 and U18 levels as well.
"We are very excited for Charlotte," UMass head coach Carla Tagliente said. "This is a great accomplishment for her to represent her country and play with the world's best junior talent. To play at this level at such a young age is rare and it speaks volumes to her abilities and her hard work.
"UMass is well represented over in Germany with three players competing for their countries," Tagliente continued. "We are very excited for them all and are looking forward to getting them here in August."
The 2013 Junior World Cup will be hosted in Mönchengladbach, Germany, from July 27-Aug. 4. The Junior World Cup features 16 teams split evenly into four pods. Following pool play, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or advance to the quarterfinal, semifinal and final round.
Belgium is part of Group D for the opening round of competition with England, Germany and Spain. Verelst and her teammates open competition against the host country on July 27 before facing England the following day and Spain on July 30.
Verelst will join the UMass squad shortly after competition at the Junior World Cup as the Minutewomen open the 2013 season at the University of Maine Invitational with competition against the host-school on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. The team's first home game of the year will be against UMass-Lowell on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m., as the River Hawks enter their first year as an NCAA Division-I field hockey program.