Johansen, Norlander Set for Junior World Cup

July 23, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Karli Johansen and freshman Stephanie Norlander will compete in the ERGO Field Hockey Junior World Cup, July 27 – Aug. 4, in Mönchengladbach, Germany, as members of the U21 Canadian National Team.

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Johansen and Norlander hail from Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, Canada — the same school as former Iowa All-American Jessica Barnett and Hawkeye freshman Sophie Plasteras.

Johansen, who will serve as a co-captain for the Canadian team, has played in 49 career games and made 44 starts for the Hawkeyes. She was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team as a sophomore and junior. Johansen was selected to the Canadian Women’s National Team in April, along with Barnett. She played for the Canadian Junior National Team that faced Argentina and Chile in June of 2012, and the squad that completed the European Tour in July of 2012. Johansen was also selected to compete for the Canadian Junior National Team at the 2012 Pan American Championship.

Norlander, selected to the Canadian Junior Development Squad in April, led Handsworth to Provincial Championship titles in 2011 and 2012, serving as a co-captain with Plasteras in 2012. The forward/midfielder was also named captain of the U17 Canadian Junior National team for a test series against the USA after being chosen to the team in the summer of 2011. Norlander was selected to the Field Hockey BC Provincial team for four consecutive seasons, winning national titles in 2011 and 2012.

Team Canada will compete in Pool B with Argentina, China and Russia. The team opens competition on July 27 at 9 a.m. local time against Argentina, before facing China (July 28) and Russia (July 30).