As the Olympics draw near, we are hearing about a lot of good things that a number of the Syracuse Orange field hockey ladies will be doing over the next few months before they get set to defend their National Championship this fall. Between the National Team and the junior outlets, there will be plenty of current and former Orange representation across the board.
Six Syracuse Players Named to the Young Women's National Championship Roster
USA Field Hockey announced the names of players who would be competing in the tournament that will run from June 28 - July 3 at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sophomore Jennifer Bleakney, junior Erin Gillingham, junior Laura Hurff, senior Emma Lamison, junior Caroline Cady, and redshirt freshman Jamie Martin have all been called up. Bleakney, Gillingham, Hurff, and Lamison were a part of last year's team as well.
Bleakney played in 15 games for Syracuse last season, including two starts. As a member of this year's U.S. U-19 squad, she scored two goals over the span of the team's three-game series in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.
Gillingham played in all 22 games, 17 starts, last season for the Orange and scored three times.
Hurff posted nine points on three goals, two of them game-winners, and three assists in all 22 games last season, earning her a spot as an NFHCA First-Team All-American. Earlier this year, she earned a silver medal with the U.S. U-21 team in the junior Pan American Games.
Lamison started 15 games for the Orange last season and played in all 22 while scoring nine goals, including one in the National Championship game, and four assists.
Cady made an appearance in 14 games last season, two of them starts.
Martin was sidelined for most of the season with an early-season injury but played in three games.
Olympic Hopefull Alyssa Manley Ready to Compete for Senior National Team Again
After competing in last year's Pan American Games, recent graduate Manley hopes to up her chances of competing in Rio de Janeiro when she re-joins the U.S. Senior National Team for the Champions Trophy Tournament in London, England. The team will begin its run this Saturday at noon local time against Australia. They will face all of the other five teams to determine who will face-off in the championship match on June 26th.
Manley has 25 caps so far for the USWNT and looks to do the best she can for her country after a stellar season for Syracuse that saw her win the Honda Award, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and become a three-time member of the NFHCA All-American teams.
Also of note, goalkeeper Jess Jecko was named to the Senior National Team this spring and will join the squad full-time after this Olympic cycle.
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Good luck to all of our student-athletes competing for their respective national teams this summer!