In one week the 2019 USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, will get underway at the Lord Baltimore Hotel as administrators, coaches, umpires and sponsors come together for a weekend of education, networking, collaboration and fun from March 15-17.
USA Field Hockey is pleased to welcome members of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams to Summit, who will be involved in multiple on-field demonstrations and will be available for autographs and conversation throughout the weekend.
U.S. Men’s National Team Athletes
Ajai Dhadwal :
Dhadwal’s passion of the game started while watching his father play in the Moorpark League in California before taking on the game himself at the age of 8. With his father as his inspiration, Dhadwal joined the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2009.
In 2012 he was a member of the team that claimed gold in the Hockey World League Round 1 in Chula Vista, Calif. and has helped USA to through several international appearances since then, including gold in the 2016 Hockey World League Round 1 in Salamanca, Mexico.
In 2017, he led USA to bronze in the 2017 Hockey World League Round 2 in Trinidad and Tobago. before adding another bronze medal in the 2017 men’s Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pa. later that year.
In 2018, Dhadwal continued USA’s medal finishes with a gold performance at the Hockey Series Open in Salamanca.
Alex Grassi :
Introduced to field hockey by his elementary physical education teacher, Grassi joined a school team that competed in the Cal Cup U-12 Mixed Division every year.
He first wore the red, white and blue as a member of the U.S. U-16 Men’s National Team in 2003 before moving to the U-21 squad in 2007.
Appearing in the 2012 Junior Pan American Championship in Guadalajara, Mexico, Grassi joined the U.S. Men’s National Team that same year. Since then, he has been a recognizable name on USA’s midfield.
Grassi has appeared in two men’s Pan American Cups with the USMNT, including the bronze medal team in 2017. He also was a member of the team that bronze at Hockey World League Round 2 in 2017 and gold in the 2016 Hockey World League Round 1 and 2018 Hockey Series Open.
JaJa Kentwell :
The son of U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team head coach, Jun Kentwell, JaJa picked up the game of field hockey as a teenager and has been a recognizable name of his own ever since.
In 2006, he was named to the U.S. U-16 Men’s National Team before moving up to the U-21 squad two years later. Kentwell has earned three medals at the Pan American Indoor Championship as a member of Team USA, earning gold in 2008 in San Juan, Argentina and two bronze mnedals in 2010 and 2014 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela and Montevideo, Uruguay, respectively.
Kentwell joined the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2017 where he helped USA to a bronze medal in the men’s Pan American Cup and was also part of the squad that recently claimed gold in the 2018 Hockey Series Open.
While also coaching for the WC Eagles, Kentwell was also named head coach of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa. this past fall.
U.S. Women’s National Team Athletes
Ali Froede :
Froede has been a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2015. A defender from Miami University, Froede was named First-Team All MAC twice and was selected for NFHCA All-West Region Second Team in 2014.
Through relentless training and full investment of energy into hockey, Froede turned a dream into a reality by representing the red, white and blue.
Most notably, she played a key role in helping USA claim bronze on home turf in the 2017 women’s Pan American Cup in Lancaster, Pa., which was followed up by a gold medal performance in the 2017 Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa, just a few weeks later.
Ashley Hoffman :
A native of Mohnton, Pa., Hoffman was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team in early 2017 while still attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Currently a senior, Hoffman started every game as a Tar Heel, which was capped off with a national championship performance in 2018.
Among several of her collegiate honors are First-Team All-ACC (2x), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2x) First-Team All American (2x) and the Honda Sport Award Winner in 2018.
As a member of the USWNT, Hoffman was a member of the squad that claimed bronze in the 2017 women’s Pan American Cup and gold in the 2017 Hockey World League Semifinals.
In 2016, she was a member of the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team that claimed silver in the Women’s Junior Pan American Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to that, she was a member to the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team in 2013 and the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2012.
Lauren Moyer :
Moyer began playing field hockey in middle school and has loved the game ever since. From 2012-14 she was a member of the U.S. Women’s national Junior Indoor Team, as well as the U.S. U-19 and U-21 Women’s National Teams.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the York, Pa. native earned All-ACC First Team in her senior year before being named to the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2017.
Wearing the red, white and blue, Moyer was a member of the senior squad in the 2017 women’s Pan American Cup and World League Semifinals. In 2016, she was a member of the U-21 USWNT that earned silver in the Women’s Junior Pan American Games.
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