Kudos to Debi-Michelle Jantzen, Abby Beltrani and Georgia Holland, each of whom has qualified for the U.S. Junior National teams, which begin international competition next week.
Jantzen, a junior at Shoreham-Wading River, made the U-17 team that’s headed to Holland. They’ll play three preliminary games against European squads beginning April 19, and then compete in the DOMO International Easter Tournament. Jantzen was part of last year’s U-17 team that won a bronze medal in the Pan-American Games.
Beltrani and Holland, former Ward Melville teammates, are part of the U-19 team. Their group will travel to Chile and face a number of games, including a four-game series against the Chilean Junior National Team. The squads practiced for a week last month at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California in preparation for their respective tournaments.
Each summer, over 150 women are selected through the Futures Program and that group is whittled down to a roster of 18. The Long Island midfield trio, each of whom has received first-team All-American honors, has made the cut the last two years.
Jantzen racked up an LI-high 42 points last season and led the Wildcats to a fourth straight Suffolk Class B championship. Beltrani, a senior, was named Newsday’s Player of the Year after leading the Patriots to a fourth straight Long Island Class A title. Holland, Newsday’s 2009 Player of the Year, had a stellar freshman season at Yale and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year.