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Junior World Cup – Women’s Roster Announcement

August 31, 2023 | Field Hockey Canada |

Back-to-back Junior World Cup Appearances for the Junior Women’s National Team

Field Hockey Canada is excited to announce the 18-player Junior Women’s National Team roster bound for Santiago, Chile in November for the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup.

Canada qualified for the Junior World Cup by finishing top-4 at the Junior Pan American Games in April in Barbados. By defeating Guyana and Barbados, Canada secured top two in their pool and automatically qualified for the World Cup. This qualification marks the second consecutive Junior World Cup that Canada’s women’s team has qualified. Canada’s top finish in the Junior World Cup was in 1989, when the event was hosted in Ottawa and Canada placed seventh.

This year’s World Cup roster returns 13 players from their Pan American team in Barbados and three athletes (Harnoor Malhi, Allison Kuzyk and Arden Goddard-Despot) that have Junior World Cup experience from 2022 in South Africa. Brooke McCusker, Kenzie Girgis and Mallory Mackesy have all been training with the senior Women’s National Team during the summer months and will provide stability and leadership for this team.

Rookies Calista Schwartz and Stella Malinowski make the jump from the U18 national team into the U21 environment for this event. Molly Koop from U of T, UBC’s Liz Mathisen and Ohio State goalkeeper Abby Danson round out the new additions to this junior national team.

Jenn Beagan returns as the Head Coach for this squad with Laura Dowling in the assistant coach role. Beagan, who will be coaching at her second Junior World Cup, said this group has been building together for over a year in preparation for the Junior World Cup. The experience at Pan Ams in April is vital for development and giving these athletes international experience. She adds that because of the transiant nature of the team (athletes are split up all over the continent playing college and university hockey), taking advantage of international reps is critical.

“This team is unique because we don’t get to train together throughout the year. We rely on digital meetings, to connect throughout the year while athletes are away playing for their universities and only get to come together for short periods of time for training camps and games,” she said. “The 13 returning from Barbados got first-hand experience of the pace of the game at international level. The world class level and the games against Uruguay, Chile and Argentina specifically at JPAC are an opportunity for us to learn, grow and get better.”

The team will face India, Belgium and Germany in the group stage before moving onto the crossover games. Beagan said that the opportunity to play at a Junior World Cup is not only a quality experience, but it can set these athletes up for a future of high performance hockey with the senior national team.

“The Junior World Cup is really an amazing experience, for these athletes at the U21 age group it is the highest possible level and to qualify for this event two cycles in a row says a lot about the pathway and development we have been working toward over the last few years,” Beagan said. “For this group to not only compete against the best teams in the world, but to watch the top teams compete in person against each other, in a vibrant and exciting environment is something they will remember and reflect on forever.”


Julia BorastonDEFVictoria, BCUniversity of Victoria
Katie GibbDEFVancouver, BCLafayette College
Kaitlyn PennefatherDEFNorth Vancouver, B.C.University of British Columbia
Calista SchwartzDEFVancouver, BCMonmouth University
Isabella GreenDEFDuncan, BCUniversity of Calgary
Laine DelmotteMIDNorth Vancouver, BCLafayette College
Emily ChisholmMIDBurlington, ONGoA Reds FHC
Libby HoggMIDVictoria, BCUniversity of Victoria
Elizabeth MathisenMIDWest Vancouver, BCUniversity of British Columbia
Madeline SkeansMIDCalgary, ABUniversity of Toronto
Imogen GovanFWDOakville, ONBrown University
Molly KoopFWDSt. Catherines, ONUniversity of Toronto
Allison KuzykFWDVancouver, BCUniversity of Pennsylvania
Mallory Mackesy*FWDStoney Creek, ONUniversity of Maine
Nicole PoulakisFWDAjax, ONUniversity of New Hampshire
Abby DansonGKClifton Park, NYOhio State University
Kayla DesormeauGKWaterloo, ONMercyhurst University
Jenn BeaganHead Coach
Laura DowlingAssistant Coach
Dave CoxVideo Analyst
Nicky GrahamManager
Justine BrancoAthletic Therapist
Kate PerryPerformance Sciences
Emily Chisholm (ONT, GOA Reds FHC)
Maddy Hunter (BC, University of Victoria)
Grace Leahy (ONT, Cornell University)
Robyn Goh (BC, University of British Columbia)

*Pending possible WNT Commitments


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