Field Hockey Standout Meghan Mitchell Invited to USA Field Hockey U-21 Selection Camp

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Junior forward Meghan Mitchell (Villanova, Pa.) was selected to attend the women’s 2023 U-21 and Development Squad Selection Camp in a recent announcement by USA Field Hockey. Mitchell participated in the 2022 Senior Nexus Championship, presented by Osaka Hockey, in Virginia Beach last month and was chosen for the U-21 camp based on her performance at that tournament. The U-21 camp will take place following the upcoming 2022 collegiate season.
Mitchell has been a standout for the Wildcats from the very beginning of her time on campus and is expected to be one of the team’s top performers entering the 2022 campaign. She became the first Villanova athlete chosen to play in the Senior Nexus Championship since former Wildcats goalkeeper Erika Miller competed at the 2016 tournament prior to her junior collegiate season. Mitchell is at the same point of her career and traveled to Virginia Beach from July 17-22 to compete with and against other elite high school, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes.
Selection for the Nexus Championships took place after athletes trialed and trained during the spring and early summer at one of the seven USA Field Hockey High Performance Centers through the country. The Senior Nexus Championships are a step along the Olympic Development Pathway Program and all athletes that were previously on the Rise, U-21, Development and Senior U.S. Women’s National Team were included within the selection.  Mitchell’s experience at the Nexus Championships began with a team training session on Sunday, July 17 and continued with games starting the next day.
“There is a wealth of talented players at this level and the recent Senior Nexus Championship provided a great opportunity for athletes of the Olympic Development Pathway to compete with and against each other,” said Tracey Paul, U-21 USWNT Head Coach. “I believe the future is very optimistic for USA Field Hockey and I’m excited for the players invited to the U-21 and Development Squad Selection Camp as 2023 is going to provide outstanding competitive experiences that will position USA Field Hockey for success.”
Mitchell has earned NFHCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region accolades to go along with All-BIG EAST honors in each of her first two collegiate seasons. As a sophomore last year she garnered first team all-region and all-conference recognition after being a second team selection to both teams her freshman year. Mitchell led the team in points (28) and assists (eight) during the 2021 season while tying for the team lead with 10 goals. Her current career totals include 19 goals, 10 assists and 48 points through the first 32 games of her career. Mitchell’s average of 1.50 points per game played is the third-most in Villanova history.
The U-21 and Development Squad Selection Camp will take place in December 2022 or January 2023, with specific timing and location to be confirmed at a later date. At this Selection Camp, these athletes will be evaluated to be named to the 2023 U-21 and Development Squad. Once selected, the U-21 squad will prepare for the Junior Pan American Championship in April in Barbados with hopes to qualify for the women’s FIH Hockey Junior World Cup in December in Chile. The athletes above this age group will be offered opportunities to train with the USWNT as they prepare for the FIH Hockey Pro League matches in 2023.


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