Reinprechts, Franks Help Guide U.S. Field Hockey to World League Round 3
Princeton field hockey's Julia '14 and Katie '13 Reinprecht have become staples on the U.S. National Field Hockey team since taking a year off from school to compete fulltime in 2011-12. The duo and assistant coach Nate Franks '07, a performance analyst for Team USA, helped guide the Americans to a first-place finish and a 4-0-1 record at the International Hockey Federation's World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from Mar. 4-10.
After going nearly perfect at the tournament, the U.S. will advance to the World League Round 3 in hopes of advancing to the World Cup. The Hockey World League semifinal tournament will run from June 22-30 in a familiar playing location for Team USA in London. The Americans are in Group A with Argentina, China and Italy. Group B features host-England, Australia, South Africa and Spain.
"It's obviously very exciting for this team to have placed first at World League 2 and qualify for World League 3 in London," said Katie. "Qualifying for World League 3 was our ultimate goal upon entering into the most recent tournament in Rio. While we are very pleased to have qualified, we know our work does not end here as we hope to get some positive results in June following World League 3."
At the Rio tournament, Katie scored in the U.S.'s opening match, a 6-0 win over Brazil, while Julia was a stronghold on the defensive line that tallied three shutout victories at the five-game tournament.
Franks is a member of first-year U.S. head coach Craig Parnham's staff.