Maggie Bettez, a senior-to-be at Michigan, is getting ready for her final season with the Wolverines

When she was a student-athlete at Acton-Boxborough, Maggie Bettez earned spots on two USA Field hockey national teams, the under-17 and under-18 squads.

This summer, before she begins her final season with the University of Michigan, Bettez landed a spot on another one.

After a Junior National Camp at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bettez earned a place on the National Developmental Squad.

“For the last few years, I’ve focused on Michigan,” said Bettez, who is spending the summer in Michigan working on an internship. “My coaches wanted me to do this. It was really challenging physically and mentally.

“The toughest part was the technical aspect. I’ve always been a rough-around-the-edges player.”

The Developmental Squad is a transitional phase from the under-21 national team and the senior national team that represents the U.S. in the Olympics and other international events.

“Its purpose is to be a feeder for the senior national team,” Bettez said.

Though Bettez said she has aspirations of playing for the senior national team, she’s mainly focused on her senior season with Michigan. A year ago, the Wolverines had one of their best seasons ever, They were 21-3 overall, winning the Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament championships. In the NCAA tournament, the Wolverines reached the national semifinals before losing to Maryland, 5-1.

“It was so much fun,” said Bettez, who will be one of the Wolverines’ captains this fall. “It was one of our more successful seasons.”

In her career, Bettez has played in 64 games, starting 44, scoring one goal and four assists.

Leah Cardarelli,, who played with Bettez at A-B on teams that won two state titles in three years, will also be a senior at Michigan this fall. Cardarelli has played in 64 games, starting four, with four career goals and seven assists. As a freshman, Cardarelli scored the tying goal with 55 seconds left to play against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals. In her sophomore, she scored the winning goal in double overtime against Michigan State in the first round of the conference tournament.

Practice for the upcoming season officially begins on Aug. 7. The season opens on Aug. 18 at Michigan State.

On Labor Day weekend, the Wolverines will be in New England, playing UMass at Amherst on Friday, Aug. 31 (6 p.m.) and visiting the University of Connecticut on Sunday, Sept. 2 (noon). It will be the first time Michigan has played in New England since 2015, Bettez and Cardarelli’s freshman season, when the Wolverines visited Providence College. Cardarelli’s sister, Eleana, played for Providence at the time.

“The UMass game is something I’ve been looking forward to,” Bettez said. “My parents have considered Penn State and Maryland ‘home games’ for them.”

As much as Bettez is looking forward to playing in front of her friends and family in Amherst, she’s enjoying life in Ann Arbor.

“It’s the perfect place for me,” she said. “We have everything we need right here. The athletes also support each other, like we did at A-B.”