Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Smith Academy graduate and rising Princeton University freshman Danielle Duseau has been selected to the USA Field Hockey Under-19 team for the second consecutive year, the team announced Friday.
“It’s really great,” Duseau said. “It was nice after a few long tournaments to see your name on the list.”
Duseau and other top players from across the country spent portions of the last three weeks in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, competing against one another to earn spots on the U-17, U-19 and U-21 teams.
“It’s always amazing coaching and now that I’ve been on the team for two years now, I have a lot friends, we have a lot of fun,” Duseau said.
Tryouts opened with invitations to the U-21 Championships, held June 22-25. Over 100 athletes from the Championships and from the Futures Elite program were invited back to Lancaster for Junior National Camp July 6-8 in hopes of making the final rosters. Duseau, who is 18-years-old, said the second week was more grueling than the first.
“U-21 Champion we would have one game a day,” she said. “At Junior National Camp, we had a game at night and two training sessions during the day. ... It’s pretty intense, but a lot of fun.”
Duseau has played on a national team every year since 2011. In March of 2013, Duseau traveled and competed with the U-17 team on the Holland Tour.
“(Holland) was so much fun. It was different, one of the highlights of the (USA Field Hockey) experience so far,” she said. The U-19 team “is a lot of the same girls that were on the U-17 and then the U-19 (last year). We’ve sort of moved up together.”
The former Falcon will play for Princeton in the fall. The Tigers won the 2012 NCAA championship and were knocked out in the quarterfinals last year by top-seeded Maryland.
Duseau said the U-19 training schedule hasn’t been distributed yet, but with other Princeton teammates on the U-21 team, said she thinks playing both will be doable.
“My goal is just to keep playing for a long as possible and keep moving up in the system and improving every year,” Duseau said.
Delario selected — UMass rising sophomore Izzie Delario was named to the U-21 national team.
Last year, Delario had eight goals and nine assists for the Minutewomen, who reached the NCAA tournament and finished with a 19-5 record.