UMass Trio Wraps Up Junior World Cup Competition
Aug. 4, 2013
MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany - Competition at the 2013 Junior World Cup wrapped up on Sunday, Aug. 4, with a trio of Minutewomen field hockey student-athletes closing play with a pair of victories. Senior Hannah Prince and sophomore Sam Carlino earned seventh place with Team USA's 4-2 win over South Africa while incoming-freshman Charlotte Verelst and Belgium defeated Canada on penalty strokes for 13th.
India also needed penalty strokes on the final day, taking the bronze medal from England, 3-2 after playing to a 1-1 tie. In the final contest of the tournament, the Netherlands used a 4-2 penalty stroke advantage to earn gold over Argentina after the teams tie, 1-1 through regulation.
After each side recorded one goal during the opening 30 minutes of competition, Team USA secured three straight tallies to push in front, 4-1 with time winding down. South Africa was able to put across one final goal in the 69th minute with the outcome already set. The U.S. U-21 Team finishes the tournament with a 3-3-0 overall record, including wins over Ghana, Korea and South Africa.
Against Canada, the Belgian side tallied a 1-1 tie through regulation before taking a 2-1 decision in penalty strokes to secure 13th place. Belgium earned its field goal in the 27th minute only to have the Canadians respond following the ensuing faceoff. With neither team able to net another goal, the Belgians returned to penalty strokes for the second consecutive contest.
The trio will join the Minutewomen for preseason practices shortly as UMass prepares for its 2013 campaign. The Minutewomen start the year with a pair of contests at the University of Maine Invitational on Aug. 30-31 before facing UMass-Lowell in the home-opener on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.