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Junior Women’s National Team roster announced for Junior Pan American Cup

Featured Image/Blair Shier

July 9, 2021 | Field Hockey Canada | fieldhockey.ca

“This is a great group of young athletes itching for some international competition”

Field Hockey Canada is excited to announce the Junior Women’s National Team that will represent Canada at the 2021 Junior Pan American Cup in Santiago, Chile in August. Following a week-long selection camp, the coaching staff have selected 16 rostered athletes, three goalies and 11 reserves.

The original U21 Pan Am Cup was scheduled for 2020 but will now take place in August 2021. The age restrictions shifted to recognize the postponement of the tournament. Anyone born in 1999 or later will be eligible to compete in the Junior Pan American Cup but only those born in 2000 or later are eligible to compete in the Junior World Cup.

The team will be led by Head Coach and NextGen Director, Patrick Tshutshani. For him, last month’s camp was a chance to get everyone ‘under the same roof’ and work to build out the program prior to selection.

“The camp presented the opportunity to reconnect, and the athletes thrived on being able to compete amongst their peers,” Tshutshani said. “For the staff group, opportunities like these are priceless as we get to see each individual showcasing their ability and performing within a team environment in a live setting.”


Forty athletes fighting for 18 spots at last month’s official selection camp. Photos/Blair Shier.


The Junior Pan American Cup will take place from August 21-29, 2021 with the top three teams qualifying for the Junior World Cup, set for December in South Africa. Team Canada hasn’t qualified for the Junior World Cup since 2013, when they placed fourteenth. Notably, Canada will come up against reigning junior world champion, Argentina; North American rivals, USA; and Chile, the host of the upcoming 2023 Junior World Cup. For Tshutshani, the outcome goals are clear, but from this point on, it’s about building the team that can compete for a medal and a berth to the World Cup.

“There is no greater feeling than playing for your country and giving it your all,” Tshutshani said. “The next step for us as a group is to continue training as group and develop the on-field and off-field connections.”

Team Canada will be centralized training in Vancouver, leading up to the Junior Pan Ams. They kick start their JPAC campaign against reigning champs, Argentina on August 22. Click HERE for schedule and more information.

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ROSTER

NAMEPOSITIONHOMETOWNPROVINCECLUB/COLLEGE
Jenna BergerMIDFIELDERWaterlooONTUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
Bronwyn BirdMIDFIELDERWest VancouverBCDartmouth College
Rebecca CarvalhoDEFENDERCaledonONTUniversity of Toronto
Jordyn FaiczakMIDFIELDERWaterlooONTUniversity of British Columbia
Nora Goddard-DespotMIDFIELDERNorth Vancouver BCWest Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Sara GoodmanDEFENDERVancouverBCUniversity of British Columbia
Danielle HusarSTRIKERMississaugaONUniversity of Virginia
Katie LynesDEFENDEROakvilleONTUniversity of Toronto
Samantha McCrorySTRIKERKitchener ONUniversity of Toronto
Anna Mollenhauer MIDFIELDERVictoria BCUniversity of Victoria
Thora Rae STRIKERVancouverBCUniversity of British Columbia
Julia RossSTRIKERVancouver BCUniversity of Maine
Stefanie SajkoDEFENDERVictoriaBCUniversity of Victoria
Melanie ScholzDEFENDERCalgaryABUniversity of Calgary
Nora StruchtrupSTRIKERVictoriaBCUniversity of Victoria
Madison WorkmanDEFENDERMiltonONTMiami University
Goalies TBD
Nicola leechGOAL KEEPERVictoria BCUniversity of Guelph
Ishaval SekhonGOAL KEEPERSurreyBCUniversity of British Columbia
Lucy WheelerGOAL KEEPERNorth VancouverBCWest Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Non-Traveling Reserves
Birkley AndersonDEFENDERDuncanBCUniversity of British Columbia
Anna CostanzoSTRIKERBurlington ONTUniversity of Toronto
Laine DelmotteMIDFIELDERNorth Vancouver BCWest Vancouver Field Hockey Club
Izzy Fraser MIDFIELDERVancouverBCUniversity of British Columbia
Arden Goddard-DespotDEFENDERNorth Vancouver BCWest Vancouver field hockey club
Libby HoggDEFENDERVictoriaBCUniversity of Victoria
Lonica McKinneySTRIKERKelowna BCVirginia Commonwealth University
Grace LeahySTRIKERWaterlooONTA&C
Maddie MittelsteadtSTRIKERVictoria BCUniversity of Victoria
Mikayla StellingMIDFIELDERVancouverBCHawks
Mackenzie Williams MIDFIELDERBurlington ONTVirginia Commonwealth University