Feb. 27, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Five Boston College field hockey players earned spots on national teams, while head coach Ainslee Lamb will take the helm of one this spring and summer.
"I am always thrilled when the BC players have the opportunity to play at the national team level," Lamb said. "There is no question that experiences like this develop the players to reach new levels of play. That, in turn, promotes the level of play and success of our team here at Boston College. It is always a step that we will support and I encourage the athletes to strive to reach the highest levels of play, which in our sport is representing their respective countries."
Freshman Jordyn Hamilton and incoming freshmen Eryn and Emily McCoy were named to the U.S. Under-19 Junior National Squad. Lamb is the coach of the team. Incoming freshman Audra Hampsch also bolstered her resume by earning a spot on the USA Women's Junior National Indoor Team. Junior Paige Norris will participate in Canada's Under-21 National Camp.
"I've been a part of the US national team since grade 11 and it's always felt unbelievable to be selected'" Hamilton said. "The best way to describe how it feels to get selected for the national team is almost impossible. To put on the USA jersey and step on the field to represent our country is such an honor. Having Ainslee Lamb as my coach during this experience in March is what's going to make everything perfect. She's such a passionate coach both for Boston College and Team USA. She's always energetic, positive, and fully supportive of each and every one of her athletes. Not many coaches possess all the positive qualities she has."
The U-19 team will travel to Holland at the end of March. The selection process began last summer at the 2012 National Futures Championship and Futures Elite Championship. A select number of athletes were invited to then attend a winter training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before 18 under-19 athletes were selected to represent the U.S.
"When I found out I made the team I was really excited," Eryn McCoy said. "The talent level in California at the training camp was really high and I knew that it was going to be hard to make the team. I can't wait to play with all the talented girls. It will be a really great experience!"
"I was really happy when I found out I made the team," her sister echoed. "I was also surprised because there are so many good players and it's an honor to get picked. It's really exciting to be a part of it because we get to represent USA when we go on tour."
"I am honored to have the opportunity to coach the USA U-19 national squad while we travel abroad to experience the strong hockey culture in Holland," Lamb said. "I always gain new knowledge and come back from these trips with something that will help make BC better."
Meanwhile, Hampsch will travel to Germany with the indoor team.
"Making the USA National Junior Indoor Team has definitely been one of my greatest field hockey accomplishments thus far--besides committing to BC of course," Hampsch said. "Upon making the squad, I literally felt `on top of the world.' The team is passionately motivated and the coaches are enormously talented. Participating in such a great program has not only improved my skills, but also lifted my self-esteem. The confidence I gained from this experience has helped me succeed both on and off the field. Now, I'm much more focused on the game, determined to be the best I can be, and grateful for every opportunity I'm given. If representing USA has taught me anything, it's that every day is a tryout."
Norris will travel to her home country at the end of March to take part in the camp, which provides an opportunity to identify athletes for future rosters and National Team selection purposes and is in preparation for the Junior World Cup in August.
"I am both honored and excited to be given the opportunity to attend the U21 Junior National Camp," Norris said.