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    Full List of 2022 Senior Nexus Championship Participants

    Reagan Underwood and Lexi Hosler of the Liberty field hockey team have been selected to compete in USA Field Hockey’s prestigious 2022 Senior Nexus Championship (NXC), presented by Osaka Hockey.

    The six-day event, formerly known as the Young Women’s National Championship (YWNC), will run from July 17-22 and be held at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. The event features the top athletes in the country in their respective divisions competing to be crowned national champions. The event will start with a team training session on Sunday, July 17, with games commencing on Monday, July 18. The opportunity to be selected for the 2022-23 U.S. Women’s National Team and Junior USWNT Selection Camps is at stake.

    This is the second straight year Underwood has been chosen to compete at this event. The Sinking Spring, Pa. native is currently competing with the U.S. U-21 National Team at the Uniphar 5-Nations Tournament in Dublin, Ireland. Underwood and Hosler are both rising juniors for 2021 NCAA Championship runner-up Liberty.

    During her sophomore campaign, Underwood started all 23 games as a midfielder for the Lady Flames and tallied three goals, seven assists and 13 points. She earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award for field hockey, given to the student-athlete with the top GPA at the 2021 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships.

    This is Hosler’s first time being selected to participate at the Senior NXC. Hosler appeared in all 23 games (one start) as a midfielder and recorded two goals and four points. The Lititz, Pa., native notched Liberty’s first goal of the game against No. 1 Rutgers in the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Elite 8, scoring on a penalty corner in the first quarter in an eventual 3-2 shootout win over the Scarlet Knights.

    The Senior NXC is held annually and features 144 elite high school, collegiate and post-collegiate athletes. During the spring and early summer, athletes trialed and trained at one of the seven USA Field Hockey High Performance Centers throughout the country for an opportunity to be selected to the Senior NXC, a step along the Olympic Development Pathway program. All athletes that were previously on the Rise, U-21, Development and Senior U.S. Women’s National Team were also included in the selection.