Wyoming Seminary graduate Lauren Powley
, from Mountain Top, will be part of that potent midfield.
was on the 16-player U.S. Olympic team roster that was revealed to a crowd of more than 2,000 Monday night at the Virginia Beach Convention Center
The team was announced during a United States Field Hockey Olympic Celebration banquet, in conjunction with the Futures National Championship and Regional Rumble.
learned of her selection Saturday night when U.S. national team members met individually with Bodimeade.
"There's always a certain degree of suspense," Powley
"You have a little idea what the coach is thinking, but you never know for sure.
It was a relief Saturday night."
For others, Saturday night meant disappointment.
The 24-member national team features three Wyoming Valley Conference graduates, but only Powley
is assured of playing in Beijing.
Powley was a three-time All-American at the University of Maryland where she led the team to a national title as a senior in 2005.
is part of the first U.S. team to qualify for the Olympics since 1988.
The 1996 team was automatically in the field as the host of the Atlanta Games.
celebrated the selection Saturday with Wyoming Seminary coach Karen Klassner and assistant Kim Barbacci.
"It was awesome to see them," said Powley, who began playing field hockey as a seventh-grader at Wyoming Seminary.
earned two All-America honors while playing for Klassner and progressed from the Futures program to the U.S. Under-18 team.
"Probably after making the junior national team, this became a more realistic goal," Powley
To make it happen, Team USA needed to win the Kazan Qualifier.
"We didn't expect to be playing Belgium (in the final)," Powley