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Liberty's Dykema Selected to Play in 2019 Young Women's National Championship

June 13, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dykema has been selected to compete in USA Field Hockey’s 2019 Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC).

Dykema has been selected to compete in USA Field Hockey's 2019 Young Women's National Championship (YWNC).

USA Field Hockey Release/List of YWNC Participants

Liberty rising junior Ashley Dykema has been selected to compete in USA Field Hockey's 2019 Young Women's National Championship (YWNC), starting tomorrow.  

Dykema was one of a program-record eight Liberty field hockey players to train at a USA Field Hockey High Performance Training Center in the early stage of the summer. She trained at the Virginia site, one of eight training centers.

The YWNC will be held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., and is an annual event featuring 144 elite female field hockey athletes, including for the most time the 2019 U.S. U-19 Women's National Team along with top collegiate and post-collegiate players. The event runs from Friday until Tuesday.

Select athletes, including eight Lady Flames, tried out and trained at USA Field Hockey High Performance Centers throughout the country for an opportunity to earn a spot in the tournament that is the next step on the Olympic Development Pathway. These teams will face off for the prestigious title of national champions and for a chance to be selected to the 2020 U.S. U-21 Women's National Team and U.S. U-21 Women's National Team and U.S. Women's National Development Team, or a trial for the U.S. Women's National Team.

As a sophomore in 2019, Dykema served as a team captain and started all 19 games. The defender earned All-BIG EAST first team, NFHCA Division I All-South Region second team and VaSID All-State University Division first team honors.

Dykema, who hails from Newport News, Va., anchored a Liberty defense which record five shutouts on the year. Dykema and the Lady Flames, who faced nine ranked opponents in 2018, limited their opponents to 1.95 goals per game, their best mark since 2014. Dykema is majoring in sport management.