Lauren Moyer had a little extra reason to celebrate on this Fourth of July.
On Tuesday, the 18-year-old Central York High School graduate learned that she had been selected to the United States junior women's under-19 national outdoor field hockey team.
It's the first time that Moyer has been selected to represent her country on an outdoor national team. She had previously been selected to two junior indoor national teams.
Moyer, who is set to play college field hockey this fall at the University of North Carolina, was excited to get the news.
"I think it's really huge," she said. "It gives me a lot of confidence heading into college."
Moyer will be joining a powerhouse Tar Heels program that is annually among the nation's best teams. Last fall, North Carolina lost in the NCAA Division I championship game to Princeton, 3-2. Over the course of her 31 years in Chapel Hill, Coach Karen Shelton has won six NCAA titles and has earned eight NCAA runner-up finishes.
The process to earn a spot on the national under-19 team was not easy for Moyer. It started with a pool of 5,000 athletes and was narrowed through a series of Futures Elite Academy Programs. The final event was a junior national camp in Virginia Beach, Va., from June 26-28. A total of 25 players were named to under-19 junior national team.
"You try to keep calm, but it is definitely stressful waiting for the lists to come out," Moyer said. "No matter what happens, you make a lot of new friends and meet new people and it's a good learning experience. But it's also kind of stressful."
The under-19 junior national team will likely play internationally this spring, but Moyer isn't sure yet if she'll get selected for that team. She has already played internationally for the junior national indoor team when she competed in Germany in January 2013.
Moyer was an all-state high school selection in 2012 when she scored 20 goals for the Panthers -- 16 unassisted. She was a four-year starter at Central York and an honor roll student.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.