LANCASTER, Pa. – Three days of vigorous training sessions was all that stood between senior Taylor Lister to clinch a spot on the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team Development Squad.
“I am excited to train with the development team again this year – getting one step closer to my goal of being on the national team,” remarked Lister upon hearing her selection to the Development Squad for the second year in a row.
Following Lister’s junior season, she underwent the intense training sessions to secure a spot on the 2017 Development squad.
The selections to the 2018 Development Squad resulted from a total of 34 athletes who were recommended by their college coaches, believing their level of play was high enough to be able to compete at this next level.
The Development Squad serves as a transitional phase for players who are young enough to play alongside the U-21 USWNT or the players who qualify age-wise for the senior USWNT. Many of the athletes have just completed their senior season, which qualifies them for the senior team. There is potential for athletes to receive an invitation for an extended trial for a selection to the senior squad in the upcoming months.
“Congrats to Taylor as she continues her involvement with the National Development Squad” stated Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “Last spring we were excited for her to be initially selected for this national team pipeline. Throughout the past 10 months, her on-field performances have proven that Taylor continues to raise the level of her game, which triggered the interest from USA National Team Head Coach and two-time Dutch Olympian Janneke Schopman.”
Van de Kerkhof continued, “As her head coach, I know she is a consistent performer, and as player and teammate is able to contribute to team goals and performance. Delaware Hockey is proud of Taylor for building a solid foundation as a Blue Hen and putting herself in the position to continue living the dream as a field hockey player. We are looking forward to follow and assist her where possible Taylor’s journey to make dreams come true and after winning a NCAA National Championship at the University of Delaware also represent Team USA at a World Cup or Olympic Games one day.”
Following her senior campaign, Lister is a two-time All-American, CAA First Team, and CAA All-Tournament Team honoree. She is tied for second in program history for career assists. She also is tied for 10th in program history with number of game-winning goals scored, and tied for 16th in program history for career points. Lister has helped the Blue Hens win four of the program’s five consecutive CAA titles and the program’s first-ever National Championship in the 2016 season.
Article written by Kaitlyn Zook, Athletics Communications Student Intern
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