Field Hockey Canada > Women’s National Team camp in Charlotte serves as Pan Am Tune Up

New look Wolf Pack prepare for Pan American Games

Field Hockey Canada is thrilled to announce the 21-player roster that will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a test series and training tour from September 3-15. The last time Team Canada played official matches was at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Since the Commonwealth Games, the National Team has re-tooled their coaching staff, bringing on Olympic gold medal coach, Danny Kerry to lead the team and adding Olympic gold medal athlete Kate Richardson-Walsh as the assistant coach. Kerry, the former England and Great Britain (GB) head coach, led the GB women’s team to a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, a 2015 EuroHockey championship (with England) and an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Games. The coaching staff now look to prepare the team for the rigours of the Pan American Games.

Team Canada staff work with athletes at an August test match. Photos/Blair Shier

The team will play some test-scrimmages and two officially capped matches. Kerry said that a tour like the upcoming trip to Charlotte can really set the trajectory for this team towards Pan Ams and give his team a sense of where their gaps are.


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“This much needed match play will allow us to understand those area we have been working on back in Vancouver have transferred well to the pressure of international match play, and those areas we need to drive further,” Kerry said. “They will provide an ability for us to continue to build team understanding heading into the Pan Am Games in October.”

The roster brings back 14 members of the Commonwealth Games roster, keeping together a core of players to carry the program forward. Notable departures from last summer include Maddie Secco, Brie Stairs, Amanda Woodcroft and Shanlee Johnston.

This experienced core is led in the defensive end by stalwarts, Sara McManus, Karli Johansen and Kat Leahy with the dynamic Nat Sourisseau, holding the midfield space. These four players combine for 600 caps.

The goalkeeping tandem of Rowan Harris and Marcia LaPlante is earning experience, one major tournament at a time after long-time keeper Kaitlyn Williams retired during the COVID pandemic.

Rookies, Brooke McCusker, Mikayla Stelling, and Kenzie Girgis will be taking part in their first international tour. Stelling and Girgis play for UBC and McCusker plays for Wake Forest. All three have national junior experience and are making their first senior tour appearance.

Team Canada plays at the Commonwealth Games. They came fifth place, narrowly missing out on the quarterfinals. Photos/Yan Huckendubler.

Kerry said the team has worked hard this year to develop a core set of attacking and defending principles.

“When in the training environment, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly how far we have come until we play competitive matches. Having said that I am confident the team have a good, applied understanding of ‘our game’ and how to leverage the strengths of the players within the team.”

For Kerry and Richardson-Walsh, the new challenge of coaching in an unfamiliar environment has been met head on with enthusiastic athletes and a team searching for success at the top level.

“What both Kate and I love about working with the Wolfpack is their eagerness to practice, take-on new ideas and work hard for each other. As coaches you cannot ask more than that and is a great environment to be in,” Kerry said.


Lexi DeArmondVictoria, BCDEF39
Grace DelmotteNorth Vancouver, BCMID10
Jordyn FaiczakWaterloo, ONMID39
Kenzie GirgisOttawa, ONMID0
Sara GoodmanDuncan, BCDEF29
Rowan HarrisOttawa, ONGK58
Karli JohansenNorth Vancouver, BCDEF162
Marcia LaPlanteWaasis, NBGK7
Kat LeahyVictoria, BCDEF76
Sam McCroryWaterloo, ONFWD14
Brooke McCuskerNorth Vancouver, BCMID0
Sara McManusTsawwassen, BCDEF205
Anna MollenhauerVictoria, BCDEF37
Thora RaeVancouver, BCMID18
Audrey SawersNorth Vancouver, BCMID8
Mel ScholzCalgary, ABMID5
Natalie SourisseauKelowna, BCMID167
Mikayla StellingVancouver, BCFWD0
Madi ThompsonRidgeway, ONFWD18
Chloe WaltonNorth Vancouver, BCFWD6
Elise WongLake Forest, IlDEF32
Danny KerryHead Coach
Kate Richardson-Walsh Assistant Coach
Carrie TrumpyManager
Kate Perry Performance Science