Bodimeade names U.S. Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today Lee Bodimeade, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team, announced the 16-player roster for the 2012 Olympic Games. Seven players make a return to the Olympic Games, including U.S. captain Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa). The U.S. will look to record their first Olympic medal since 1984, after finishing a disappointing eighth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. 

USA Field Hockey Logo“One of the things that we have been able to achieve since Beijing is increasing the depth and ability of the entire squad,” said Bodimeade. “To go from 25 athletes down to 16 was an extremely difficult task and one that had some really tough decisions that needed to be made. We had 16 rookies at the Olympics in 2008 and now to have seven athletes with that experience on the Olympic Team puts us in a much better position heading to London.”  Continue reading →

Bodimeade names U.S. Women’s National and Development Squads

COLORADO SPRINGS, C.O. – Head Coach Lee Bodimeade has announced the 2012 U.S. Women’s National and Development Squads concluding the Women’s National Championship in College Park, MD. Overall, 84 athletes from across the nation participated in the event that commenced on June 1. Athletes competed in five matches over the course of eight days as the U.S. Women’s coaching staff, led by Bodimeade, evaluated the field. 

USA Field Hockey Logo“I have been really impressed with the standard and elevation and the continual upward growth pattern we have seen since we incorporating the National Championships,” said Bodimeade. “To see the new players coming into the tournament at a much higher level of skill is showing us we are heading down the right track.”  Continue reading →

Crandall’s take on Olympic Team selections

Team captain Lauren Crandall speaks with on the announcement of the Olympic Team

COLLEGE PARK, MD – They have spent their entire lives waiting for these five precious minutes. And next week those five tiny spins around the clock will reveal who will be taking that large trip across the world. In this individual meeting with Coach Lee Bodimeade each athlete of the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team will be told if she is or is not going to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.

USA Field Hockey LogoBefore sitting down with Coach Bodimeade, team captain Lauren Crandall sat down with us, sharing her thoughts as the team heads into a life-changing five minute meeting.

Q: How was the five-minute meeting format with Coach Bodimeade decided upon?
A: Lee asked each of us for our individual preference of selection announcement and the majority, if not all of us, wanted a face-to-face meeting. So together we decided upon the five-minute meeting. Continue reading →

Anticipation builds for finals of Women’s National Championship and selections to U.S National Squad

COLLEGE PARK, MD – In 48 hours the women competing at the National Championship in College Park with know their fate. On Friday, June 8, Head Coach Lee Bodimeade will announce the new U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey and Development Squads. The week long selection opportunity has brought together the best field hockey athletes in the country for a shot at representing the U.S. on the world stage.

The Midwest notched their second win of the Championships with a 4-1 victory over California in the first match of the day. Midwest’s early dominance was rewarded when Kayla Bashore-Smedley (Shoemakersville, Pa) directed a shot into the right corner of the cage on a penalty corner. California evened the match with a goal by Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, CA), but it was Midwest who took the lead at the half, when Keli Smith Puzo (Selinsgrove, Pa) flicked the ball past the goalkeeper after a great individual effort down the right flank. Continue reading →

Competition heightens at U.S. Women’s National Championship

COLLEGE PARK, MD – The third day of the Women’s National Championship in College Park concluded with New Jersey securing the No. 1 spot in Pool A. Pool B is still to be determined with the final match being played tomorrow against Pennsylvania and New England at 4:00pm. The championship event that commenced on June 1 will wrap up on Friday, June 8 with the announcement of the 2012 U.S. Women’s National and Development Squads.

Led by first half goals from Maren Langford (Lewes, DE) and Tara Puffenberger (Dallas, Pa), in addition to a stout defensive effort, the Midwest defeated New England 2-1 to earn their the first victory in the tournament.

The Mid West controlled play from the outset of the match and were quickly rewarded after a seventh minute strike from Langford on a penalty corner. Puffenberger then doubled the Midwest lead at the 32 minute mark, darting through the New England defense to beat the goalkeeper on a diving shot. Continue reading →

One day closer to finalizing U.S. Olympic Women’s Field Hockey Team

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Action continued this afternoon in College Park, MD on day two of the Women’s National Championship. The week-long trial for selection to the U.S. National Team proved suspenseful and pressure filled. The competition was high as athletes battled for a chance to shine in front of National Team coaches.

After suffering a 7-0 loss on day one of the tournament, the North came out with vengeance and capitalized on Mid Atlantic’s errors. Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, VA) scored four times in the North’s 6-5 victory. Taylor’s hat trick is the third of the tournament. Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa) scored four goals and Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) scored three goals yesterday in their first match of the championship event. Continue reading →