The U.S. women's field hockey team returned to Lancaster for its first two FIH Pro League games at Spooky Nook Sports, closing out March with battles against FIH No. 13 Belgium and No. 2 Great Britain over the weekend.
Both matches tested Team USA, which picked up two big points in a dramatic shootout win in Game 1.
Belgium took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter on Friday, but Team USA would come back to tie the game five minutes into the fourth as Danielle Grega deflected a penalty corner into the back of the cage. The goal was Grega's team-leading third of the season.
The score was still deadlocked when the final horn sounded, giving both teams a point in the Pro League standings before heading to a shootout. The teams would rotate through eight different shooters before Linnea Gonzales found the back of the net to give the U.S. the 5-4 victory and a bonus point in the standings.
Following the game, U.S. goalie Kelsey Bing was named Player of the Match.
Read the full game recap here and watch highlights of the game below. Grega's game-tying goal comes 2:27 into the video, while the shootout starts at the 3:23 mark.
Team USA returned to the Nook on a blustery Sunday afternoon to take on Great Britain, and took the lead on a penalty corner with nine minutes left in the first quarter. The corner had a strong Lancaster-Lebanon League presence, as Warwick graduate Alyssa Manley earned the opportunity and Donegal senior Mackenzie Allessie redirected the shot into the back of the net to the delight of the crowd — which included her Donegal teammates, who were recognized at halftime for winning the 2018 PIAA Class 2A championship.
The goal was Allessie's second of the Pro League season and third overall with the national team since her debut in January.
Great Britain would find the equalizer five minutes later, the Olympic champions first of three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 win over the host nation. Lily Owsley scored twice, earning her Player of the Match honors.
Read the full game recap here and watch the highlights below. Allessie's goal comes 2:09 into the video.
Friday's two points were not enough to move the U.S. up in the Pro League standings. The Americans sit last in the nine-team competition with just three points in six games.
The Netherlands sits in first place with 12 points in five games, followed by Argentina (19 points in 8 games) and Australia (14 points in 8 games). Belgium is fourth with seven points in four games, while Great Britain is seventh with five points in our games.
At the end of the season, the top four teams will advance to the Grand Final in the Netherlands to decide the champion.
Team USA will meet a very familiar face in its next Pro League game, traveling to Brussels for a rematch against Belgium on April 10. The game, which is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, will be streamed by Bleacher Report Live.