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Collins, Heistand and Umstead Involved in USWNT Pipeline

Jan. 24, 2017

U.S. U-21 Women's National Team Release

U.S. Women's National Developmental Squad Release

STORRS, Conn. --
Three UConn field hockey players -- Amanda Collins, Karlie Heistand, and Casey Umstead -- continue to work their way through the U.S. National Field Hockey ranks, as all three have earned a chance to continue their pursuits.

Late last week, Collins and Umstead were named to the 2017 U.S. U-21 Women's National Team roster, while Heistand was selected for the 2017 U.S. Women's National Developmental Squad on Monday.

Three instrumental players in helping UConn reach its fourth-straight NCAA Final Four, the trio continues its aspirations to play for the U.S. National Team -- which finished fifth in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is currently ranked sixth in the world.

Collins and Umstead both participated in the U-21 Junior National Camp last summer, where they impressed the coaches and earned a place on the roster. The 26 players on the roster feature some of the most talented college athletes across the country.



"As the past couple of years have shown the U-21 team is a great opportunity for our best athletes in that age category to train and play together," said Janneke Schopman, current U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach and former U-21 USWNT Head Coach.

The U-21 National Team has two training camps scheduled for 2017 -- one in February, taking place at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and the other in March at Duke University.

When in California, the U-21 team will get the opportunity to scrimmage the U.S. National Team, which currently has former UConn standout Melissa Gonzalez on the roster.

Heistand, no longer able to participate in the U-21 group due to age restrictions, has an exciting opportunity with a recently developed team as announced by USA Field Hockey in November of 2016.

The Developmental Squad helps athletes with the transition from U-21 to the U.S. National Team, as once again some of the best talent in the country plays together and stays in the U.S. field hockey pipeline.

Heistand is one of 16 athletes to earn the opportunity, while three others will have a trial run. The first training camp will take place in March at Duke University, while several others will be held until May.

The UConn midfielder will then have the chance to compete with her team at the Young Women's National Championship at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa. in June.

All three players earned a list of honors in 2016 at UConn, as each was selected for All-Mideast Region awards. Umstead was also a Third Team All-American, Heistand on the All-Big East Second Team and Collins the Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Tournament.