The University of Louisville’s Ayeisha McFerran has been selected to the Irish women’s hockey team’s 18-player roster for the 2018 Field Hockey World Cup which will take place July 21 through August 5 in London.

Ireland is making its first World Cup appearance since 2002 and enters the tournament ranked No. 16 in the world. The Green Army will compete in Pool B along with host England which stands second in world rankings, No. 7 USA Field Hockey and No. 10 India.

Ireland’s first match of the tournament takes place on July 21 against the United States with a matchup against India on Thursday July 26. England is the final Pool B opponent for Ireland on Sunday July 29.

The winners of each pool will advance to the quarterfinal. The second place team in Pool B will face the third place team in Pool A, with the third place team in Pool B and the second place team in Pool A squaring off. The fourth place team is eliminated.

McFerran is in her fourth season as a member of the Irish National Team and had tallied 64 caps entering the summer. Last year, she was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament after helping the Green Army to the World League 2 title in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

McFerran, a rising senior from Larne, Northern Ireland is a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America selection. After missing the first three games of the season due to injury, McFerran went on to post a 10-7 record and a 1.91 goals against average. During the regular season, she earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping the Cardinals to a key league win in a shootout against Wake Forest. The three-time NFHCA All-West Region and All-ACC selection cemented her status as one of the nation’s top goalkeepers when she collected a career-high 18 saves and turned in another brilliant shootout performance to hold off No. 2 Duke in the semifinals of the conference tournament, sending the Cardinals to their first appearance in the ACC Championship game.

Ireland World Cup Schedule

Pool B

July 21 vs. USA

July 26 vs. India

July 29 vs. England

July 31 – Crossovers

August 2 – Quarterfinals

August 4 – Semifinals

August 5 – Bronze Medal/Gold Medal

Lori Korte
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisville Athletics

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