U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team Announced

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The United States Olympic Women’s Field Hockey roster for the 2016 Olympic Games was announced by Coach Craig Parnham and includes 10 athletes from ACC schools on the 16-member team, the most from any conference.

North Carolina leads all college programs nationally with five former players on the Olympic team: Jackie Briggs, Rachel Dawson, Caitlin Van Sickle, Katelyn Falgowski, and Kelsey Kolojejchick. 

Wake Forest has two former players on the team in Lauren Crandall and Michelle Kasold. Duke’s Stefanie Fee and Syracuse’s Alyssa Manley are making their Olympic debuts, while Virginia’s Michelle Vittese is on the roster for the second time. 

Virginia’s Paige Selenski was selected as a roster alternate.

Heading into the Olympic Games competition with a roster that includes nine returning Olympians, U.S. is in a challenging pool made up of No. 2 Argentina, No. 3 Australia, No. 7 Great Britain, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 India. The U.S. will open Pool B play at the Olympic Games with a face-off against Argentina on Sunday, August 6. The U.S. will continue pool play and close the preliminary round with Great Britain on Saturday, August 13. The women’s first semifinal will take place on Wednesday, August 17. The gold-medal round commences on Friday, August 19. More details regarding the team’s event schedule can be found by clicking here.

The team will depart for Rio on Friday, July 29. 

The U.S. will begin their final preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the Rio Send-Off Series against India and Canada, at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa.
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2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team:
Goalkeeper: 
Jackie Briggs (Robesonia, Pa.)

Defenders: 
Lauren Crandall (2008, 2012 Olympian // Doylestown, Pa.)
Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Julia Reinprecht (2012 Olympian // Perkasie, Pa.)
Rachel Dawson (2008, 2012 Olympian // Berlin, N.J.)
Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Pa.)
Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.)

Midfielders: 
Katelyn Falgowski (2008, 2012 Olympian // Landenberg, Pa.)
Melissa Gonzalez (2012 Olympian // Mohegan, N.Y.)
Katie Reinprecht (2012 Olympian // Perkasie, Pa.)
Michelle Vittese (2012 Olympian // Cherry Hill, N.J.)

Strikers: 
Michelle Kasold (2012 Olympian // Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Katie Bam (2012 Olympian // Blue Bell, Pa.)
Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.)
Kat Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.)
Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.)

Alternates: 
Paige Selenski (2012 Olympian // Shavertown, Pa.) 
Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.)