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Beale, Cole and Leahy all named to Team Canada Development Squads

Vikes Communications

Field Hockey Canada's Women's National Program has named its Senior Women's National Team and Senior and Junior Development Squads for the 2017 competition year.

Fifty-one athletes have been named to three squads, with the Junior Development Squad split into two tiers.

Fifth-year Vikes Rosie Beale and Kathleen Leahy have both been named to the Women's Senior Development Squad.
Both Beale and Leahy have won four national medals in their five years with the Vikes, one bronze and four silvers, including a silver medal at the 2016 U Sports Championship.

They were both named to the 2016 Canada West All-Star Team, while Leahy also earned a nod as a U Sports All-Canadian.

Lindsay Cole, a third-year forward for the Vikes, was named to the Tier-1 Women's Junior Development Squad. Cole tied for the second-most goals scored in Canada West play with four goals to her name this past season.

From Victoria, Cole has won a national medal each and every year that she has worn a Vikes jersey.

The Women's National Team, which consists of the athletes most equipped to represent Canada at the Senior international level, consists of 9 returning players from the 2016 roster. Leading the way in experience is Kingston, Ontario's Kate Wright, who is the active leaders in games played with 159, and sits only 9 games behind all-time leader Stephanie Jameson who played 168 games in her career.

New additions to the National Team roster include Vancouver's Shanlee Johnston and North Vancouver, British Columbia's Holly Stewart. Combined, Johnston and Stewart have played a total of 104 senior international matches.

The Senior Development Squad also features a roster chock full of senior international experience, with Waterloo, Ontario's Amanda Woodcroft, Kathleen Leahy, and Alex Thicke having played 54, 37, and 27 senior matches respectively.

Rachel Donohoe returns to the National Program with her selection to the Senior Development Squad after sharing honours for the USports Field Hockey Player of the Year with Olivia Lane in 2016.

2017 WOMEN'S SENIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

Name                                      Position                      Hometown

Alex Thicke                            Midfielder                   North Vancouver, BC
Alexis DeArmond                  Defender                    Victoria, BC
Alison Lee                             Defender                    Toronto, ON
Amanda Woodcroft               Midfielder                    Waterloo, ON
Kathleen Leahy                     Defender                    Victoria, BC
Nikki Woodcroft                     Forward                      Waterloo, ON
Rachel Donohoe                   Midfielder                    North Vancouver, BC
Rosie Beale                          Defender                     Victoria, BC
Rowan Harris                        Goalkeeper                 Ottawa, ON
Shannon Pereira                   Midfielder                    Toronto, ON

2017 WOMEN'S JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT SQUAD - TIER 1

Name                                      Position                      Hometown

Anna Mollenhauer                 Midfielder                   Victoria, BC
Hannah Eborall                     Defender                    Beamsville, ON
Izzy Fraser                            Midfielder                   Vancouver, BC
Jordyn Faiczak                      Forward                     Mississauga, ON
Lindsay Cole                         Forward                    Victoria, BC
Madison Connell                   Midfielder                   West Vancouver, BC
Margaret Pham                     Forward                      Mississauga, ON
Sam McCrory                        Forward                     Waterloo, ON
Sara Goodman                      Defender                    Duncan, BC
Thora Rae                             Midfielder                   Vancouver, BC

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