On January 10, the  Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) announced the team that would represent the United States at the Indoor Hockey World Cup (IHWC) on February 2 to 6, 2022 in Liège, Belgium. The Hill School’s very own Maddy Orsi ’22 was named to the team by U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team Head Coach Jun Kentwell. Orsi is the first-ever Hill School student to be named to an IHWC team.

"Every day I worked as hard as possible, so when I found out I was on the team, I was thrilled!" stated Orsi. 

Months of hard work, intense training, and tryouts went into achieving this goal for Orsi. "We played in various tournaments to see how we all were developing as players and who worked the best together in various positions," she noted.

"We had a couple of practices a day which included training and playing against the men’s USA team," continued Orsi. "This was my favorite, yet most challenging, part of training. They are so quick and have an unbelievable amount of skill. We played them a couple of times and each time we got better as a team. Normal training consisted of working on our individual and team skills by doing as simple drills as cone work to working on our press by scrimmaging each other."

The unfortunate news soon came that the World Cup games had to be canceled due to the current health situation in Belgium.

"We would have left for Frankfurt, Germany on January 25 before driving and practicing in Manheim," explained Orsi. "January 29 is when we would have driven to Liege, Belgium for additional practice time before playing our first World Cup game against Ukraine. This overseas adventure would have been incredible since we would have played huge teams like Germany, Kazakhstan, Czech, Canada, and a few more. We were all devastated when we found out the news, but we understood because of the circumstances."

While Orsi will not have the opportunity to play for the U.S. team on the international stage this year, being one of 15 young women being named to the roster is a top honor for this talented student-athlete.

While at Hill, Orsi has racked up several prestigious honors for her performance on the field. Just this year alone she was named to the Third Team All-American team and the All-Pennsylvania Region First Team by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, All-Mid-Atlantic Preparatory League (MAPL) Team, and First Team Pottstown Mercury All-Area team. She also helped lead Hill’s team to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PAISAA) finals in November.

This fall, Maddy will continue her field hockey career at the collegiate level for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.