College Field Hockey
Rider’s Govannicci Selected for PA High Performance Training Squad
LAWRENCEVILLE—Junior Alicia Govannicci (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) of the Rider University field hockey team was selected to participate with the Pennsylvania High Performance Training Squad, through USA Field Hockey, it was announced this week.
Govannicci is the first Rider field hockey player ever selected for the trials.
"We are very proud that Alicia was selected out a very talented pool of players to the PA High Performance Training Squad," said Rider head coach Lori Hussong who has led Rider to 184 wins in her 13 seasons. "The training and experience that she will get while playing with some of the best players in the country will only make her better and help raise her game to the next level."
The trials are open to enrolled collegiate athlete and post-collegiate athletes. The top athletes will be selected to represent their region at the Women's National Championship, held annually in late May or early June. Selections are performance based to ensure that the strongest representative team participates at the National Championship.
This year the championships will be May 23-29 with Pennsylvania playing May 23 (noon), May 24 (1pm), May 25 (6pm), May 27 (9am), May 28 (9am) and May 29 (TBD).
An Elementary Education/Psychology major, Govannicci is a two-time All-Northeast Conference Second Team honoree and as a 62-game veteran, she has helped Rider to three straight NCAA Play-In games.
As a junior, Govannicci started all 21 games and had the game-winning goal against Villanova.
As a sophomore, Govannicci started all 21 games for Rider and was fourth on the team in assists while scoring goals in Rider wins over Ball State, Bryant and Robert Morris.
Govannicci started all 20 games as a Rider rookie and scored the game-winning goal with 3:01 left in regulation as the Broncs defeated Monmouth 1-0 for the NEC championship.
USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training Centers identify and train potential National Team athletes through comprehensive training and skill enhancement sessions, as well as premier level competitions. High Performance Centers allow athletes to train in regional areas close to their homes by some of the country's top coaches.