Sensenig To Participate With USA Field Hockey U21 Team In Chile
By ODU Athletics
Dec. 8, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Old Dominion All-American sophomore midfielder Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.) with join USA Field Hockey's women's Under-21 team as it looks to prepare for next year's Pan American Junior Championships competing in international tournaments, Dec. 14-19 in Santiago, Chile. The USA women will compete in a four-nation tournament with Argentina, Canada and host Chile.
The USA will see these same countries as part of 12-team fields at the Pan Am Junior championship in early 2005. The women's tournament is scheduled for March 16-27 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The top three teams from each of the Pan Am tournaments are expected to qualify for the Junior World Cup tournaments in 2005 slated for September in Santiago.
"This will be a great tour for the juniors as we prepare for next year's Jr. Pan Ams," said USA women's junior national team coach Tracey Fuchs. "All of the teams we will see in San Juan will be participating in the Jr. Pan Ams, so we'll get a taste for the competition early. This will be the first international competition for many of these players, and we want to expose them to many teams and different styles before the World Cup next September."
On the women's side, the four-team event in Santiago features the four teams that swept the top four spots at the last Pan Am Junior championship in 2000. Argentina won the gold medal, while the USA took the silver medal and Canada defeated Chile for the bronze medal. Argentina has won each of the four previous Pan Am junior events while the USA placed second in 1988 and 2000.
Sensenig, a Third Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), was a First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) pick, a First Team All-South Region member, CAA All-Tournament Team pick, and a two-time CAA Player of the Week honoree. She led Old Dominion in points (43), assists (13), and goals (15) and topped the CAA charts in assists per game (0.62) and ended the season ranked second in goals per game (0.71) and points per game (2.05) in the conference.
The second-year midfielder tallied three game-winners, which included conference rival Towson and James Madison along with an overtime goal against #4 Maryland. A two-time CAA Player of the Week award winner, Sensenig was also a vital member of the penalty corner unit on both the offensive and defensive ends.
The Old Dominion field hockey team concluded its 2004 season 13-8 overall and made its 24th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the only school to participate in every single NCAA Tournament since 1981. The Lady Monarchs were ranked 12th in the final STX/NFHCA Coaches' Poll.