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Field Hockey Players Earn Roster Spots at Elite Levels

Senior Abby Bascetta will be playing the USA Field Hockey National Championship for the second time.

Senior Abby Bascetta will be playing the USA Field Hockey National Championship for the second time.

June 5, 2014

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Members of the 2014 Boston College field hockey team earned roster spots on many elite teams in the United States and Canada that will compete in the summer on a national level.

Six BC players were named to spots at USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship, held annually. Senior Abby Bascetta, juniors Jordyn Hamilton and Kelcie Hromisin and sophomores Eryn McCoy and Emily McCoy are among the elite athletes earning a spot on one of the six regional squads that will face off for the championship title. The Championship serves as the selection trials for the U.S. Women's National Squad. The 2014 Women's National Championship will be held in Lancaster, Pa., on June 16-21.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to play in high competition games this summer along with some of my teammates from BC," Hromisin said. "I'm also looking forward to the chance to play with the friends I haven't competed with in a few years."

Six other Eagles earned roster spots for USA Field Hockey's Second Annual Under-21 Championship that features the top 72 athletes from across the country. Juniors Jacqueline Kelleher, AshLeigh Sebia and Leah Settipane, sophomores Alexa Brazauskas and Brittany Sheenan and redshirt freshman Audra Hampsch will be playing for spots at 2014 Junior National Camp in the hopes to be selected to one of the 2014-15 Junior National Teams. The tournament will take place from June 22-25 in Lancaster, Pa.

Incoming freshman Alyssa Olenick earned a spot on the 2014 Futures Elite Championship roster, awarded to the top 72 athletes from the Futures Elite program. The Futures Elite represents the best high school field hockey athletes in the country and exists to provide additional training opportunities for athletes identified with the potential to someday represent Team USA.

Incoming freshman Chelcie Mendonça helped the Canadian National Indoor Team to the 2014 Pan Am title, qualifying for a berth to the 2015 Indoor World Cup. The Canadians earned the first victory of the tournament with a 10-0 win over Argentina, before ending in a scoreless tie with the U.S. They lost, 4-2, to Uruguay in the final game of pool play before going on to beat USA, 5-0, and then Argentina, 3-1, in the finals.

"It was amazing being able to stand In front of a huge crowd while swaying to your national anthem," Mendonça said of the experience. "It was truly an eye-opening experience. It also makes you realize how privileged you are to be a part of a select few to represent your country. This trip gave me a different meaning to the word `pride.'"

Sophomore Leah Frome has hopes of joining the Canadian Under-21 target squad for the next Junior World Cup. She was selected as one of 30 players to attend a junior team identification camp at the beginning of May in Vancouver. She will attend another camp in August where the players will be selected to join the U21 team.

"I was really excited to be acknowledged in the first process round for this team. I think that any experience you can get with the thought of playing in World Cup for your country is so inspiring," Frome said.

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