Lauren Moyer's field hockey odyssey will soon make a stop in London for one of the most prestigious events on the sport's calendar.
The Central York High School graduate has been selected to play for the United States team in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup from July 21 through Aug. 5.
The event is considered the second biggest stage for the sport, behind only the Olympics. Like the Olympics, it's held every four years. Moyer will play in the event for the first time in her career and is part of a squad of 18 women on the U.S. team.
“Selection was very difficult for us as a staff this year, we have so many players with different strengths that all add something to the team,” U.S. coach Janneke Schopman said in a news release. “Choosing 18 means leaving players at home, that worked as hard as anyone, which is never easy.”
Moyer, a midfielder, is no stranger to international competition. She has made 37 appearances (or caps) for the American team, all of them since May of 2017.
Her international experience includes being part of the gold-medal team at the 2017 World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa. That qualified the Americans for the World Cup. Moyer has also competed in events in New Zealand, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago.
She had previously enjoyed an All-American college career for the University of North Carolina.
The Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup will take place at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre’s pitch at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The event is made up of 16 women’s teams, that are broken into four pools of four teams. The U.S. team, ranked No. 7 in the world, sits in Pool B with defending Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist England, which is ranked No. 2 in the world, along with No. 10 India and No. 16 Ireland.
The Netherlands enters as the No. 1 team in the world and won the World Cup on their home soil in 2014. The American team took fourth in 2014.
The American team, which trains at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, is set to play Ireland in their first pool game on Saturday, July 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time.
Moyer is just a part of a strong contingent of Pennsylvania players on the team, including: Jackie Briggs (Robesonia), Jill (Witmer) Funk (Lancaster), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton), Alyssa Manley (Lititz), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford), Margaux Paolino (Villanova) and Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic).
The U.S. team includes six players who competed at the last rendition of the World Cup in 2014, including: Briggs, Funk, Sharkey, Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Virginia), captain Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, New York) and Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, New Jersey).
An official World Cup send-off event will take place on Saturday, July 14, at Spooky Nook from 1:45 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.
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