COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Three former Terrapins, Megan Frazer, Katie O'Donnell and Jill Witmer, will all compete in the Champions Challenge beginning this week in Glasgow, Scotland. Frazer will be team captain for the Irish team, while O'Donnell and Witmer will play for Team USA.
Both teams are in Pool B in the eight-team tournament. The U.S. is currently ranked 10th in the world. Team USA will take on 14th-ranked Spain at 5 a.m. ET on April 27. Ireland, who is ranked 15th in the world, will play 11th-ranked South Africa at 7 a.m. ET the same day.
"We are looking forward to the first competitive matches of the year,” said U.S. Women's national team head coach Craig Parnham. "The players have worked hard over the past months and are eager to get started in Scotland."
"Congratulations to Megan Frazer who will captain the team in Glasgow," Irish national team head coach Darren Smith said. "She was excellent in Spain and is a player who loves the challenges that international hockey brings."
Champions Challenge is the final step of preparation for Team USA on the road to the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. Most recently, Team USA took on Canada in a four game test series at the new Home of Hockey, Spooky Nook Sports, in Lancaster, Pa. The squad swept Canada 4-0 in the series.
In Champions Challenges of 2011 and 2012, Team USA fell to Japan and Australia, respectively, in the final games to take home silver. More recently, the U.S. also took silver at the 2013 Pan Am Cup after a tightly contested loss to Argentina in the final.