Future is Now

Sam Chambers
USA Field Hockey Futures captures St. John's players in the moment.
Five St. John’s School field hockey players took their game up to the national level recently at the 2012 USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship that took place June 20 – 27 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Juniors Paige Albert and Carson Peacock and Freshmen Kelsey Bing and Jennifer Trieschman were selected along with former SJS student Sarah Urdahl as five of the top 612 field hockey players in the United States.  The National Futures Championship is the premier event for the Futures program, which also serves as a selection event for USA Field Hockey and is the foundation of the Olympic pipeline system. The five students were selected from a pool of thousands of field hockey players from coast to coast and are now considered to be in the top 13 percent of the field hockey players in the United States.
Sarah Urdahl, a 2012 graduate of St. John’s School made her fourth appearance at the National Futures Championship and played on the U-19 Team Stockholm. All of the teams at the National Future Championships were named after past, current or future Olympic cities. Urdahl will be playing field hockey for Duke University this fall.
St. John’s School Junior midfield/forward Paige Albert was selected for Nationals for the third year in a row and played on the U-16 Team Rio de Janeiro.  “It was so nice to get to play again with my field hockey friends from all over the country“ says Albert, who also plays on the St. John’s Varsity field hockey team. “In addition, it was awesome seeing the United States and Argentina Olympic teams play right in front of us – it gives us all something to aspire to seeing that level of play.”  Also on Team Rio de Janeiro was Freshman goalie Kelsey Bing. 
This tournament marked Bing’s first time to compete at the national level and her outstanding play was rewarded. Bing was one of only 30 players chosen to attend the highly selective U-17 Junior National Camp, which will take place July 9 – 12 at UMass-Amherst. At the camp, athletes receive daily training and tactical sessions from some of the top field hockey coaches in the country followed by test matches in the evening. The Junior National Camp serves as a selection camp for the 2013 U-17, U-19 and U-21 United States Junior National Squads. Additionally, Bing was selected to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics, which will take place here in Houston July 30 – August 4. “I had such a great time playing field hockey at the NFC’s,” adds Bing. “I met lots of new girls who were both great at field hockey and fun to be around. It was such a shock to be named to the Junior National Camp and the Junior Olympics and I am looking forward to these exciting experiences.”
Junior back Carson Peacock, made her second appearance at the National Futures Championships, playing on the U-16 Team Albertville. “Playing at Nationals was such a great experience because the level of play was so high,” notes Peacock, a defender on the SJS Varsity field hockey squad.  “The girls there all had incredible skills and knew the game so well. It was really fun to meet new girls from all over as well.”
Freshman back Jennifer Trieschman also played for the first time, earning a spot on the U-14 Team Los Angeles.
The seven-day National Futures Championship was also the venue for announcing the 2012 United States Olympic Field Hockey Team. The five St. John’s students cheered on the United States Olympians in an exhibition game against Argentina as well as attended a celebratory dinner banquet for the team, as a send-off to London.