COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Young Women’s National Championship is returning after a one-year hiatus and it will have a double dose of Buckeye representation.
Incoming freshman Claudia Thomas, a native of Louisville, Ky. and recent graduate of Christian Academy of Louisville, will compete for Team Unity while assistant coach Kate Lipton will be the head coach for Team Brave.
The tournament will be held at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. from June 15-20 and feature the top players in the country in their respective age groups. The top collegiate and post-collegiate players will compete with selection for the 2021-22 U.S. U-21/ U-22 and Women’s National Development Teams at stake. All current Rise, U-21 and National Development Team members will be invited to participate in the tournament.
Lipton’s and Thomas’ respective teams will play three games each on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, respectively, with crossover games on the final day, Sunday, June 20, which will determine team finish.
In addition to winning a state title during her career at Christian Academy of Louisville, Thomas has been a member of the O-16 Rose National Team in 2020, the U17 U.S. National Team in 2019 and the U16 Junior Olympics. She was ranked by MaxFieldHockey.com as one of the top 10 players in the entire Class of 2021.
Lipton recently completed her sixth season on Ohio State’s coaching staff. She is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, the USA Field Hockey Association and also owns USHFA Level II Coaching Accreditation.