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Central York grad Lauren Moyer off to India, will try to help U.S. team earn Olympic berth

STEVE HEISER
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Lauren Moyer
  • Lauren Moyer is a graduate of Central York High School.
  • Moyer is a member of the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team.
  • Moyer and the U.S. team will travel to India for an Olympic qualifying event.
  • The Americans will take on host India in a pair of games on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2.

Lauren Moyer has earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Bhubaneswar, India.

The Central York High School graduate, however, won’t be embarking on a vacation.

For Moyer, it’s an 8,100-mile business trip.

Her business? Trying to help the United States Women’s National Field Hockey Team earn a 2020 Olympic berth.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been selected for the 20-woman U.S. team that will compete against India in an Olympic qualifier for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The Americans will take on India for two games on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. Both games will be played at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The games will be live streamed on fih.live and Bleacher Report Live in the United States.

If the two teams split the two games, the winner will be determined by total goal differential in the two games. If the goal differential still results in a tie, the two teams will then compete in a shootout to determine which team will head to the Tokyo Games. It's the final Olympic qualifying chance for both teams.

The Americans come in ranked No. 13 in the world, while India is No. 9.

Not a surprise: Moyer’s spot on the U.S. team is not a surprise. The former All-American at the University of North Carolina has competed for the national team 70 times and she’s coming off a standout performance at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in August. She finished the tournament with five goals in six games, helping the Americans go 5-1 and earn a bronze medal.

Central York grad Lauren Moyer scores again, helps U.S. women win Pan Am bronze medal

If the U.S. team could’ve won a gold medal at the Pan Am Games, it would have already booked its spot for the 2020 Olympics.

Central York High School graduate Lauren Moyer, right, celebrates with teammate Erin Matson after the United States' victory over Chile in the women's field hockey bronze-medal match at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Both players scored during the game. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The Americans are attempting to return to the Olympics after finishing fifth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Pennsylvania flavor: The U.S. team, which trains at the Spooky Nook complex in Lancaster County, will send a traveling roster to India that has a strong Pennsylvania flavor. Ten of the 20 players selected by head coach Janneke Schopman and her staff are from the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania players on the roster are: Moyer, Virginia Bramley (Elizabethtown, Lancaster County), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Luzerne County), Danielle Grega (Kingston, Luzerne County), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Berks County), Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Lancaster County), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Delaware County), Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Montgomery County), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Lackawanna County) and Casey Umstead (Green Lane, Montgomery County).

The other U.S. players heading to India are: Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Virginia), Kelsey Bing (Houston, Texas), Ali Froede (Burke, Virginia), Linnea Gonzales (Bel Air, Maryland), Amanda Magadan (Randolph, New Jersey), Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Maryland), Kelsey Robles (Yorktown, Virginia), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Delaware), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Maryland) and Julia Young (Yorktown, Virginia).

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.