Carissa Vittese is one of four 2012 Cavaliers vying for a spot on the US National Team
May 28, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
Carissa Vittese, Rachel Sumfest, Michelle Vittese and Paige Selenski are among the 108 athletes selected to compete for a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team roster at the 2013 Women's National Championship at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The Vittese sisters and Selenski are playing for the Mid-Atlantic/South team, while Sumfest is competing on the Pennsylvania squad.
U.S. National Team head coach Craig Parnham will be evaluating matches and selecting outstanding players from the pool of participants to represent Team USA on the international stage.
"The Women's National Championship is the first opportunity for me to see all of the players in one place and that is really quite exciting," said Parnham. "It is very important for me to have a good look at every player at the tournament."
Parnham is looking to select a team of 24 players from the pool. Players will receive emails from Parnham roughly 48-72 hours following the conclusion of the tournament. In addition to the 24 senior athletes selected, Parnham will also announce a development squad.
Both Selenski and Michelle Vittese have been members of the U.S. National Team since 2010, winning a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Argentina and playing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Virginia teammates will play against one another in the championship game after Pennsylvania went 5-1 in the tournament and Mid-Atlantic/South went 4-1-1. Sumfest scored the first goal of the tournament for the Pennsylvania squad. Carissa and Michelle Vittese both scored in Tuesday's victory over Midwest/California.
Complete stats and recaps are available on the USA Field Hockey website.
Admission is free and open to the public. All matches will be played at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The competition schedule and further information can be found on usafieldhockey.com.
UPDATE (6/1/13): The Mid-Atlantic/South team won the Women's National Championship title with a 4-2 victory over Pennsylvania. Michelle Vittese scored the fourth goal for Mid-Atlantic/South in the 44th minute.
On Friday, May 31, Michelle Vittese and Paige Selenski were officially named to the 30-player roster of the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Squad. The athletes selected to the U.S. Women's National Squad will report immediately to Rutgers University to begin preparations for the International Hockey Federation's World League Semi-Final in London, June 22-30. Parnham anticipates selecting the 18-player roster for the World Cup qualifying event the week of June 3rd.
Complete Women's National Championship Team Rosters
PENNSYLVANIA Coached by Denise Zelenak, Head Coach, Drexel University
Lindsay McArdle (Upper Darby, Pa.), Danielle Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.), Jordan Page (Denver, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Meghan Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Paula Heimbach (Palm, Pa.),>Rachel Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.), Jessica Javelet (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Genna Kovar (Hampton Bays, N.Y.), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, Pa.), Anna Zarkoski (Trooper, Pa.)
U21 Coached by Steve Jennings, Head Coach, American University
Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.), Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, Pa.), Kelsey Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Lisa McCarthy (Evanston, Ill.), Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.), Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.), Nikki Parsley (Evanston, Ill.), Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.), Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.), Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Pa.), Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Maddy Carpenter (Wilbraham, Mass.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTH Coached by Grant Fulton, Associate Head Coach, University of North Carolina
Casey DiNardo (Virginia Beach, Va.), Abby Frey (Lehighton, Pa.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jill Witmer (Washington Boro, Pa.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.), Loren Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Md.), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Julie Hodge (Downingtown, Pa.), Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Grace Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.), Natalie Hunter (Palermo, NJ)
MIDWEST/CALIFORNIA Coached by Shellie Onstead, Head Coach, University of California
Anna Simmons (Worthington, Ohio), Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.), Audra Heilman (Easton, Pa.), Nicole Wallstedt (San Diego, Cali.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, Cali.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Hannah Theiman (St. Louis, Mo.), Carolyn Cabrey (North Wales, Pa.), Abby Barker (Columbus, Ohio), Charlotte Martin (St. Louis, Mo.), Dani Hemeon (Gilroy, Cali.), Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.), Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa), Allison Swartz (San Diego, Cali.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Kathleen McGraw (Iowa City, Iowa)
NEW JERSEY Coached by Kristen Holmes-Winn, Head Coach, Princeton University
Amber Youtz (Dauphin, Pa.), Katherine Ferrara (Spring City, Pa.), Hannah Barreca (Oceanport, N.J.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Sydney Kirby (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Julie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.), Lisa Patrone (Sewell, N.J.), Jennifer Stone (Easton, Pa.), Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa.), Kelsey Bryne (Wayne, Pa.), Rebecca Stiles (Medford, N.J.), Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.), Wesley Drew (Highland Park, N.J.), Caroline Nichols (New York, N.Y.), Melissa Vassalotti (Arlington, Va.), Cassidy Arner (Red Hill, Pa.)
NEW ENGLAND/ NORTH Coached by Carla Tagliente, Head Coach, University of Massachusetts
Isabella Delario (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Abby Beltrani (East Setauket, N.Y.), Kim Young (Sidney, N.Y.), Chrissy Davidson (Reading, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Alexa Sikalis (Acton, Mass.), Caitlin Rea (Cambridge, Mass.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Abby Bascetta (Granby, Conn.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.), Hannah Price (Amherst, Mass.), Rhian Jones (Boston, Mass.), Jackie Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.), Melyssa Woods (Durham, N.H.), Meg Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.), Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.)
Official 2013-14 U.S. Women's National Squad:
Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.), Megan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa), Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.), Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Natalie Hunter (Seaville, N.J.), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Jaime Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.), Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J)
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