At the conclusion of the Young Women’s National Championships this week, selectors met to circle those who would be asked to return on June 17 for the US under 21 camp. Four hours after the conclusion of the last game of a five day grueling test which included 130 of the best players in the country, the list was cut to the “Under 21 Camp,” and a development squad. Delahanty’s name appeared on the under 21 list. This is part of the Olympic selection process and could be first step in the selection for the United States under 21 team.
Amanda Magadan who graduated from Lafayette this June was on the under 21 squad and was elevated to the traveling US Squad, is preparing for a series of games in South Africa this summer.
Cody Hunsicker returning co-captain for Lafayette also played well during the week, starting every game and involved in key plays. No doubt she will be bringing back new skills to be applied in the Leopards fall season.
Meanwhile selectees have until midnight tonight to accept their nomination to this elite under 21 camp. I was unable to contact Theresa this afternoon. In my short conversation with her yesterday she was excited to return this fall and apply her new skills for the fall season.
Taylor Blood, recent Boston University grad and rising Junior Ally Hammel of Boston made the developmental squad.
Weariness was the word for the day as 100 of the best field hockey players in the United States played for the third straight day in the hot Pennsylvania weather. But it’s all part of the test as there will be selections to the US under 21 team following this week’s competitions. Cody Hunsicker and Theresa Delahanty continue to impress as both started on their respective team. Delahanty was active on both sides of the field during Monday’s practice and the two days of games today and tuesday. It appeared she never left the field and had a hand on several attacking sets as well defending deep for her team. (Whites). They are currently in first place and undefeated with a commanding 6 point advantage. Today, they had a come from behind victory winning 3-2 after going down 0-2 early in the first half.
Cody’s Hunsicker’s team (Reds) is currently in second place after their come from behind win as well. Cody started at left back and was involved in several key defensive plays as well as performing during corners yesterday, delivering two hard shots. The Reds played the Whites and lost 2-1 in a hard fought game yesterday as the two Lafayette stars played against each other. Today’s Red’s game was played outside in the heat making their come from behind victory that much more impressive.
Tomorrow, play continues for the fourth straight day and begins at 9:15 with Cody and Theresa playing one after another. Friday will begin a championship round where the match ups will depend on the record for the week.
Lafayette was well represented with respective parents in attendance while Lafayette assistant coaches showed up along with senior teammate Rosy Shanks. Rosy reports there are a number of Leopards on campus this summer and they are playing together at night.
In a short conversation with Theresa Delahanty, she stated she was learning a lot and couldn’t wait to use her new learned skills this fall. Pre-season begins on August the 8th less than 60 days away!!
Rising senior defender Cody Hunsicker has been notified she has been selected for the Women’s National Champioship at Spooky Nook this June. This makes two Lafayette field hockey players who have been selected to this elite tournament. Cody has been a staunch defender ever since her freshman year. Mental toughness is her moniker as she is able to analyze her opponent as she closes in for a tackle or interception.
Hunsicker, a chemistry major is recognized for her leadership on the team!!
Amanda will soon be traveling to South Africa to participate in the FIH World League semifinals July 8-23rd. Currently the the US squad is ranked sixth in the World. Amanda joined the team full time right after her graduation several weeks ago. During her final semester at Lafayette she traveled to the national practice site in Lancaster, Pa from friday to sunday.
She recently earned three caps playing in a three game series against Ireland. She was in the regular rotation and on several occasions involved in crucial scoring opportunities.
Amanda enjoyed support during the process including a fan contingent from Lafayette during the Irish test series.
In other news, rising junior midfielder, Theresa Delhanty made the national women’s championships, a first step in ending up where Amanda is today
Theresa Delahanty has been notified by Field Hockey USA that she has been selected to play in the Young Women’s National Championships on June12-16. The championships are played to aid in the selection for the developmental squads and the eventual junior national squads. Players are selected from a variety of training sites around the United States and the best of the best are asked to participate.
Delahanty has seen a lot of minutes as a Leopard midfielder and defender, and is known for her intense and aggressive play. She begins her junior season this summer on August 8th with the rest of her teammates.
Recent Lafayette graduate, Amanda Magadan, wasted little time getting into the swing of elite field hockey as she earned her first international “cap,” in a game playing for the US national team at Spooky Nook, Pennsylvania, the national training center for the US Team. Wearing number 12 in the Red, White, and Blue Magadan saw action on the international turf for the first time as the US beat Ireland 3-1 last night. The new players were introduced to an admiring home crowd before the game, while veterans were also noted for the many caps they have earned.
Coach Stone and asst Coach Sarah Dalrymple were attendance for the event and to greet Amanda in her new uniform. Magadan has been practicing with the team, even while a student this past semester. She attended classes during the week and drove to Spooky Nook every week-end for practice. Her hard work was rewarded with last night’s appearance.
Amanda is the first Lafayette field hockey player to be selected from all over the country to receive a chance to be on this elite squad. Amanda is one of six selected from the entire nation. The US team continues it’s series with Ireland on Friday night at 6:30. The game is streamed live for all you fans starved for top notch international field hockey.
Amanda Magadan and Katelyn Arnold walked off with the major awards for female athletes at “Pardees.” Pardees is the final event honoring this year’s athletes and traditionally occurs right before graduation . Magadan received the coveted Charles A. Albert award for outstanding female athlete and Arnold received the class 1913 award recognizing the outstanding student athlete. Both teammates were all patriot league selectees and on the Patriot League honor roll. Both had already received honors from the Lehigh Valley Alumni Association as outstanding female athlete and student athlete. Both had been key performers all four years of their career.
Magadan was an all-american selection and was recently selected to be a member of the US Women’s field hockey team. She has already been training on weekends with the team in Spooky Nook, Pa. while finishing her requirements for graduation occurring tomorrow. Arnold will graduate with a 3.95 GPA and Magadan with a 3.31 GPA .
Both are carrying home a ton of hardware collected over their four years. Highlights for these seniors include signature wins over top 20 and top 10 teams, appearances in the Patriot League playoffs, and competitive games with eventual National and past national champions.