Getting noticed by field hockey's Olympic Development

Corinne Zanolli scored three goals in five games at the Young Women's National Championship in Lancaster, PA. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey/Stanford Athletics.

Stanford junior All-American Corinne Zanolli scored three goals during the five-day Young Women's National Championship field hockey event at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, PA but it was former Cardinal standout Marissa Cicione who played in the championship match Tuesday.

Both players were part of a showcase event from where athletes were considered for advancement within the Olympic Development Pathway.

Cicione played for the Spirit, which lost to the USA U-19 team 4-2 in the title match. USA grabbed a 2-0 lead after five minutes but the Spirit gave themselves a chance with some outstanding defense.

The Spirit eventually pulled even by the end of the third quarter but Team USA scored twice within 30 seconds and maintained the advantage.

Zanolli scored the clinching goal in the Courage's 3-1 victory over the Pride to grab fifth place. She had a couple of early chances that were saved before recording a drag flick goal into an empty net in the final two minutes.

USA U-19's Maddie Zimmer was named Player of the Tournament. Teammates Brynn Zorilla (Emerging Player) and Brie Barraco (Goalkeeper) also earned individual tournament honors.

Cicione played in her second Young Women's National Championship, having been selected as a Stanford junior in 2016. She played for the Courage, which won the bronze medal.

A two-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection, Cicione appeared in 72 games with the Cardinal. She was third on the team with 11 goals and 27 points as a senior in 2017.

Zanolli has been a part of the U.S. national team at the 17U, 19U and 21U levels since 2014. She was Cicione's teammate in 2017 and led the Cardinal with 15 goals, 10 assists and 40 points.

Through her first two years at Stanford, she's been named a Longstreth/NFHCA Second Team All-American, a two-time Longstreth/NFHCA West Region First Team selection, America East Conference Rookie of the Year and America East Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Zanolli scored 26 goals last fall, second in the nation and had 59 points overall. She has started 40 of her 41 career matches.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Field Hockey

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