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Wilmington's Van Sickle helps boost U.S. to Olympic field hockey win

Photo Courtesy: Team USA

The U.S. Women’s field hockey team is off to a strong start at the Summer Games in Rio – thanks in part to one Delawarean.

Wilmington native Caitlin Van Sickle scored the second and deciding goal as Team USA topped Australia 2-1 in preliminary round action Monday. 

Van Sickle is one of two First State players on the squad – joined by Katelyn Falgowski.

The U.S. field hockey squad – ranked fifth in the world - is now 2-0 to start the Olympics after beating world number two Argentina Saturday and now world number three Australia.

The U.S. continues pool play Wednesday against Japan.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.