Two Black Bears to Compete in Field Hockey World Cup

ORONO, Maine -- It has been announced that current University of Maine field hockey student-athlete Holly Stewart (North Vancouver, British Columbia) and future Black Bear Sydney Veljacic (Coquitlam, British Columbia) have been named to the Under 21 Canadian Junior National Team and will compete in the Women's Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany from July 27-August 4.

The team, made up of 18 of the best U21 players in Canada, will feature a pair of Black Bears in Stewart and Veljacic.

As announced on the Field Hockey Canada website, the Junior World Cup is held once every four years and is for nearly every player in the event, the first major international competition of their career. The 16 teams will be split into four pool of four teams each. Following the preliminary round robin, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or onto a quarterfinal, semi-final and final round. In total, every team is guaranteed six games.

Stewart, who was named America East Co-Rookie of the Year in 2011, is a two-time America East second team selection. The junior forward has totaled 17 goals and 11 assists for 44 points in 36 games as a Black Bear. Following her freshman season, Stewart was honored to the All-Rookie team as well as being honored three times as America East Rookie of the Week and once as America East Player of the Week. Last season, Stewart competed for the Canadian Women's Junior National U21 (WJNT) on its trip to Argentina.

Veljacic, who attended Gleneagle Secondary School, will join the Black Bears after playing on the U17 Canadian Junior National Team (2011-present) and the U21 Canadian Junior National Team (2012-present). Veljacic, who was named U16 Field Hockey British Columbia Junior Female Player of the Year in 2011, played in a series with the U17 Junior National team against Team USA (2012) and played a series vs. Mexico with the U21 squad in the summer of 2012. Veljacic, who can play midfield and back, was a member of the British Columbia Provincial teams (2008-12) and a member of the British Columbia Regional team (2007-12). Veljacic helped guide 2012 Team British Columbia to a first place U18 Canadian Junior National Championship while also leading her 2012 AAA BC high school squad to a third place finish at the Provincial Championships and her high school to a District Championship in 2012. In 2010 and 2011, Veljacic led the U16 team to back-to-back Canadian National Championships. She was named tournament XI at the U18 National Championships, her high school leading scorer in 2012 and was a four year honor roll member. Veljacic played club for the Tri City Eagles.

For more information and to follow Stewart and Veljacic's progress please visit the link below.


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