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Junior World Cup Action
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/07/2013

STANFORD, Calif.- Kelsey Harbin and Maddie Secco have earned roster spots with their respective U21 national teams and will compete in the 2013 Junior World Cup in late July.

Held every four years, the Junior World Cup represents the top international event for elite field hockey athletes under the age of 21. The tournament will run from July 27-Aug. 4 in Monchengladbach, Germany.

Harbin, a rising junior who was a member of the third-place USA squad at the Junior Pan American Championships last September in Guadalajara, Mexico, is one of 18 players on the U.S. team.

Harbin's selection process for the Junior World Cup team spanned over four events, including the Women's National Championship, U-21 Women's National Championship, Futures Elite Championship and National Futures Championship. From the four events, 34-players were selected to attend Junior National Camp before the final squad was trimmed to 18-players plus three replacement athletes.

A sophomore-to-be, Secco locked up a spot on Canada's roster, following an intense preparation period that included performances in the National Identification and Development Camp, U21 Argentinean Training Camp & Test Series and Senior Nationals.

Secco, who joined Harbin in participating in last September's Junior Pan American Championships, also has an opportunity to eventually represent her country at the 2014 Women's World Cup.

The Junior World Cup features 16 teams split into four pools of four teams each. Following pool play, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or advance to the quarterfinal, semifinal and final round.

The U.S. has been placed in Pool A, featuring the Netherlands, Korea and Ghana. The Americans will open against Korea on July 27.

Canada is in Pool B, along with Argentina, China and South Africa. The first match for Canada will come against Argentina on July 27.


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