IOWA CITY, Iowa — Five members of the University of Iowa field hockey team — juniors Mallory Lefkowitz, Melissa Progar, Taylor Omweg, and Katie Jones, and sophomore Makenna Grewe — were selected to compete at the 2017 Young Women’s National Championship, USA Field Hockey announced Saturday.
The Young Women’s National Championship is a high-level, international structured competition that serves as the selection avenue to the Junior National Camps and the Development Squad Camp.
“We are thrilled to have five Hawks selected to compete in the Young Women’s National Championship,” said UI head coach Lisa Cellucci. “They rose to the top in training sessions and have played very well to this point.
“Now, they need to continue to train hard in preparation for a great performance at the tournament. They will have the opportunity to play against the very best U21 athletes in the country. We are excited for them to compete.”
This will mark the second appearance at the Young Women’s National Championship for Jones and Omweg, as the pair was selected for competition in 2016. Omweg started every game this season and tallied five assists, including four assists in Iowa’s 11-0 victory over Central Michigan. Jones saw action in two games, combining with Alexandra Pecora for shutouts against Saint Louis, 11-0, and Central Michigan, 11-0.
In her third year as a Hawkeye in 2016, Lefkowitz started every game and registered one goal and three assists for five points.
Progar registered a team-high 12 assists, a mark that ranked second in the Big Ten. The junior also scored one goal against Saint Louis.
Grewe saw action in six games, scoring two goals and three assists for seven points before being sidelined with an injury. During her freshman season, Grewe recorded seven goals and led the team with seven assists. She also ranked seventh in the conference and 22nd nationally in assists.
The Young Women’s National Championship will take place at the Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 12-16.