Caro, Donovan Return From USA Field Hockey U-21 Training Session
USA FIELD HOCKEY WEEKLY REPORT
PRINCETON, N.J. – With less than a month to go before the start of the 2014 season, Cat Caro and Annabeth Donovan of the Princeton University field hockey team joined the United States women’s U-21 squad for a five-day training camp in Lancaster, Pa.
Descending on the Spooky Nook Sports facility from August 4-8, the U-21 team trained with head coach Janneke Schopman, who also serves as an assistant on the women’s senior national squad. The first opportunity for the team and Schopman to train together, the U-21 members also worked with two-time Olympian Caroline Nichols.
“Having the opportunity to play at the U-21 camp was truly a wonderful experience,” said Caro. “Even though it was the first time we worked together as a team [with our head coach], we all learned so much. I am eager to pick up where we left off when we meet again to start training in January.”
Along with the training sessions, members of the U-21 team participated in organizational and informational meetings. USA field hockey’s Director of Performance Science David Hamilton spoke with the squad about strength and conditioning, while nutritionist Abbey Lathrop stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.
“Equally as rewarding was getting the opportunity to work with the women's national team,” added Caro. “They shared their knowledge and gave advice to help us improve our game.”
Starting 16 of the team’s 19 games as a freshman, Caro twice garnered Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors (Oct. 29, Nov. 12). Ranked fourth on the team and tied for ninth in the conference in points (22), she factored into the scoring in nine contests, while scoring a goal in seven of her final eight appearances.
Also enjoying a stellar first year, Donovan was named the Ivy League’s Co-Rookie of the Year. Nabbing a spot on the all-conference first team, she started 17 of the squad’s 19 contests as a back en route to second team NFHCA All-Region accolades.
“The camp was a great opportunity not only to play at such a high level, but also receive such a high level of coaching,” said Donovan. “Janneke is a great coach and the girls are so skilled. In addition, this camp allowed us to learn from the current national team players and get a feel for what it's like to compete at the international level. I think the camp was extremely beneficial and definitely got me in the right mindset for Tiger field hockey. I can't wait to keep competing at such a high level during the upcoming Princeton season.”