COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following a successful tryout recently, Blue Hens junior forward Taylor Lister (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) was named as a member of the USA Field Hockey Developmental Squad.

To account for the transitional phase from the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team to the senior USWNT, the squad’s purpose is to nurture the talent of college students who no longer are permitted to be on the U-21 USWNT due to age restrictions but show great promise in hockey.

“We are so excited for Taylor in that her desire to compete not only in high school and college, but perhaps one day for her country, has become one step closer to reality,” exclaimed Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “As a program, we talk about ‘dream big’ and ‘find a way.’  Taylor has been living those words of wisdom for quite some time.  It is awesome that her ongoing improved performance has resulted in not only an invitation by USA Field Hockey National Team coach Janneke Schopman to try out, but now after a great trial weekend to be an official member of the developmental squad.”

Van de Kerkhof continued, “It is cool to see the passion and excitement Taylor displays when she talks about Team USA, her interaction with others on the squad and the coaching staff and what she is learning from this experience thus far as a player and person.  I hope Taylor continues to have fun learning and sharing hockey as a Blue Hens and Team USA Olympic hopeful.  She knows that her Delaware teammates and coaches are extremely proud of her and how she represents the University of Delaware and Blue Hens field hockey.”

The Developmental Squad will attend several training camps throughout the year between March and May, where they will train and scrimmage against the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team and college teams. In June, they will compete as a team at the Young Women's National Championship held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa.

“It has been such a great experience working with and being named to the Developmental Squad,” Lister remarked.  “Playing with and against the best will only make me become better as an individual player and I’m excited to help better our team as a whole at Delaware.  I know getting a different perspective will only help myself and my Blue Hens team in the long run.”

A Longstreth/NFHCA Regional First Team All-American, CAA All-First Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team and CAA All-Tournament performer this past season, Lister finished the year with 21 points on 11 assists and five goals.  Lister and the Blue Hens picked up the program’s first-ever National Championship while completing the year with a 19-game winning streak and an overall record of 23-2.

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