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  • Central York grad Lauren Moyer is a member of the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team.
  • The U.S. team will play in the Pan-American Cup from Aug. 4-13.
  • The Pan-American Cup will be played at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County.

Central York High School graduate Lauren Moyer will compete much closer to home during her next appearance for the United States Women's National Field Hockey Team.

Moyer has been named to the 18-athlete U.S. roster which will compete at the women’s Pan-American Cup (PAC) in at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County from Aug. 4 -13.

Lauren Moyer

Spooky Nook Sports is the home training center for the U.S. team.

Moyer was recently part of the U.S. team that earned the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals title in Johannesburg South Africa. She played in every game for the U.S. team in South Africia at outside midfielder and has now earned 10 appearances, or caps, for the U.S. team in international competition.

“With the tight turnaround from Hockey World League Semifinals and the performance there, there was little reason to change the selection,” said Janneke Schopman, the head coach of the national team.

In South Africa, the U.S. team started off with two pool-play wins over No. 20 Chile and No. 12 India before falling to No. 3 Argentina and host nation No. 13 South Africa.

That set up the Americans for a game vs. No. 11 Japan in the quarterfinal round, a game that held two very important objectives. The winner of the match would be guaranteed a place at the FIH Hockey World League Final in Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of the year and a direct ticket to the 2018 women’s Hockey World Cup in London, England. A solid defensive effort helped the U.S. team to a 1-0 victory and advanced it to both FIH events.

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In the semifinals against No. 2 England, the U.S. team found got the equalizer late in the game and then won the shootout. The final followed in a similar scenario. The U.S. team tied the match off a late penalty stroke. In the shootout, the Americans came out on top, 3-2, to be crowned champions.

In the seven-team Pan-American Cup, the No. 4 U.S. women sit in Pool B with No. 19 Canada, No. 30 Mexico and No. 41 Brazil. Pool A includes No. 3 and reigning PAC champions Argentina, No. 20 Chile and No. 23 Uruguay.

The U.S. team opens competition on Saturday, Aug. 5, against Mexico at 7 p.m., followed by Canada on Monday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., and Brazil on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Crossovers and the semifinal round will begin on Friday, Aug. 11.

The top continental champion will qualify for the 2018 women’s Hockey World Cup in London, England, and the top six teams qualify for the 2021 Pan-American Cup. Both the U.S. team and Argentina have already booked their tickets to the World Cup after their finishes at the recent Hockey World League Semifinals.

Following is the complete U.S. roster for the Pan-American Cup:

Jackie Briggs (Robesonia), Ali Froede (Burke, Virginia), Katelyn Ginolfi (Lewes, Delaware), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, New York.),Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton), Amanda Magadan (Randolph, New Jersey), Alyssa Manley (Lititz), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford), Lauren Moyer (York), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic), Loren Shealy (Charlotte North Carolina), Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, New Jersey), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, New Jersey), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Maryland), Alesha Widdall  (Whitney Point,), Jill Witmer (Lancaster), Nicole Woods (Beverly, Massachusetts), Julia Young (Yorktown, Virginia) 

For all information regarding the Pan-American Cup,check out the event page by clicking here.