DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Devil junior Margaux Paolino and the U.S. women’s national team will take the field in nearby Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday to compete in the newly-formed International Hockey Federation (FIH) Pro League.
Team USA will face the Netherlands Saturday at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest’s Kentner Stadium. The U.S. squad enters the international match ranked 12th while Netherlands sits at No. 1 as the reigning World and European champions. The match marks the second in FIH Pro League play for the U.S. squad, which tied Argentina, 2-2, Feb. 2 in Córdoba, Argentina.
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.
Tickets for Saturday’s contest are available here. The match will be streamed on Bleacher Report Live.
Other Blue Devils will be in action with U.S. teams over the weekend, staying local with U.S. U21, U.S. Developmental Team and U.S. U19 training camps and practices slated to take place at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium and at North Carolina’s Karen Shelton Stadium. Last month, junior Jillian Wolgemuth was named to the U.S. U21 team and freshman Leah Crouse along with Blue Devil signees Mary Harkins, Hannah Miller, Kelsey Reznick and Josie Varney to the U.S. U19 squad. Duke assistant coach Ralph Boersma is an assistant coach for the U.S. U19 team.