LANCASTER, Pa. – Duke junior midfielder Margaux Paolino has been named to the 25-athlete squad that will represent the United States in the newly-formed International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League, as announced by U.S. women’s national team head coach Janneke Schopman Monday.
Paolino, who was first selected to the U.S. national team in March, owns 13 caps with Team USA. Over the summer, she competed with the squad at the 2018 Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup in London, scoring two goals.
A native of Villanova, Pa., Paolino wrapped up her junior campaign at Duke by capturing All-America recognition for the second consecutive season. She was tabbed to the first team this fall after tying for first on the team and seventh in the ACC with nine assists in 22 contests. She also tied for 11th in career assists among all active Division I players and moved into the top five on Duke’s career assists chart with 33. Paolino added six goals during the 2018 campaign for a career-best 21 points and once again served as the squad’s primary inserter on attack penalty corners.
The FIH Pro League is an elite annual competition in field hockey featuring the top nine male and female nations playing each other once at home and once away in a regular season stretching from January to June. The top four nations will compete in the Grand Final in The Netherlands in June to determine the champion. The vision for the competition is groundbreaking in global sport providing an international league which offers consistency for broadcasters and spectators.
Team USA, listed 12th in the FIH Hero World Rankings, will kick off FIH Pro League competition against Argentina Feb. 2 in Cordoba, Argentina. That will be followed by the squad’s first home contest against The Netherlands Feb. 16 in Winston-Salem, N.C. The full schedule is available here.