Benvenuti ’16 Named to U.S. U21 Field Hockey Junior World Cup Roster
Princeton rising sophomore Teresa Benvenuti ’16 has been named to the U.S. U21 Field Hockey 18-player roster for the upcoming Junior World Cup, it was announced by head coach Steve Jennings. The tournament will run from July 27-Aug. 4 in Monchengladbach, Germany.
Benvenuti was named to the senior national team this past May, but will be one of three members to compete for the U21s at the Junior World Cup.
“We have selected a very talented squad and are excited to see their potential unfold over the coming weeks,” said Jennings. “It will be a big challenge but the skill, speed and unity of our team will represent us in great fashion.”
The tournament will feature 16 teams split into four pools, with the U.S. in Pool A with Ghana, Korea and the Netherlands.
Team USA opens the tournament on July 27 versus Korea, followed by matches against the Netherlands and Ghana the next two days. The quarterfinals and semifinals are set for Aug. 1 and 2, respectively and the medal games are on Aug. 4.
The squad will look to improve upon their eighth-place finish at the 2009 Junior World Cup at Harvard.
“The focus right now is purely to do our best and to take care of each moment,” said Jennings. “Tournaments are always a challenge and it will be critical for us to be able to keep a level perspective throughout. For us to do well we will have to be a complete team on-and-off the field. We will need to embody great resiliency in the toughest moments and celebrate successes with a commitment to consistent improvement. We look forward to the challenge!”
The U.S. will depart on July 17 for the Netherlands, the site of its final pre-tournament preparations. While there, Team USA will play the Dutch team twice before heading to Germany. Once in Monchengladbach, the U.S. will have a final friendly match versus New Zealand before opening pool play.
Benvenuti is coming off a memorable freshman campaign where she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and to the All-Ivy and All-Region First Team. She started 21 games, tallying seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. The midfielder scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the NCAA Championship semifinals versus Maryland en route to Princeton capturing its first-ever NCAA title.