Local field hockey players aim for spots on national team

A number of local field hockey players are among those vying for spots on the USA national team.

The University of Connecticutís Marie Elena Bolles and sister Olivia Bolles (Villa Maria/Phoenixville) and Dukeís Alyssa Chillano (Spring-Ford) were selected to participate in the Womenís National Championship.

Spring-Ford graduate Gabby Major (North Carolina) was selected to compete in the Futures Elite U-19 tournament that is slated to run June 22-25.

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Chillano, who was injured with a torn ACL for Spring-Ford last fall but will play at Duke this fall, is a member of the U-21 team. Chillano helped lead the Rams into the PIAA playoffs during her sophomore season after recording 26 goals and 15 assists.

Chillano scored three goals as her squad finished third at the Junior Pan-American Championships in October 2012, qualifying for the Junior World Cup.

Marie Elena Bolles was the first UConn to be named Division I National Player of the Year as she helped lead her team to a national championship. Marie Elena started in all 25 games for the Huskies, tallying 17 goals, including three game-winners, and 14 assists for a 48-point season.

Her sister, Olivia, saw action in 25 games, earning 23 starts in her freshman year at UConn. Olivia was a crucial member of the UConn defense that held opponents to just 29 total goals.

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The Under 21 Championship will feature 72 of the top athletes in the country vying for spots at the 2014 Junior National Camp. Athletes selected to participate in the camp will be in contention for selection to one of the 2014-15 Junior National Teams.

Major will play in the Futures U-19 Tournament. Major led Spring-Ford with 25 goals and 12 assists last fall while Chillano was forced to sit out the year with her injury. Major was chosen as a first-team All-PAC-10 Liberty Division player.

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Also in the running are Princetonís Kate Ferrara (The Hill School), Marylandís Ali McEvoy (Boyertown) and Dukeís Heather Morris (Owen J. Roberts) as well as Casey Umstead (Upper Perkiomen/UConn commit) and Methactonís Sammi Steele, a senior goalie; and Brittany Dickinson.