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Heistand Lands Spot on U.S. Senior National Team

June 3, 2013

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EASTON, Pa.Rayell Heistand, assistant coach of the Lafayette field hockey team, was selected as one of 30 members of the U.S. Senior National Team, it was announced this past Thursday at the conclusion of the week-long selection tournament.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent the U.S. for the next year," Heistand said. "To be one of the 30 players selected is an amazing honor and I can't wait to begin training."

A standout player at the University of Connecticut, Heistand joined Lafayette in 2012. The Hamburg, Pa. native was a three-time All-Big East First-Team selection and led her team to the Final Four in 2011.

“We are pleased to have selected 30 athletes who will make up the Women’s National Squad as we move forward,” U.S. head coach Craig Parnham said. “These players will relocate to the Home of Hockey in Lancaster, Pa. this fall, giving them a wonderful opportunity to learn, develop and grow.”

The athletes selected will report immediately to Rutgers University to begin preparations for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semifinal in London on June 22-30. Parnham anticipates selecting the 18-player roster for the World Cup qualifying event the week of June 3rd.

The following players will join Heistand on the 2013-14 squad:

Torrie Albini (Escondido, Calif.)
Megan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa)
Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.)
Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.)
Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.)
Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.)
Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.)
Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.)
Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.)
Natalie Hunter (Seaville, N.J.)
Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.)
Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.)
Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.)
Jaime Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.)
Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.)
Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.)
Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.)
Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.)
Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.)
Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.)
Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.)
Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.)
Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.)
Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J).