USA Field Hockey Team Named for Investec World Leauge Semi-Final

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 7, 2013 – U.S. head coach Craig Parnham has announced the 18-player roster for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England, June 22-30. The roster features a strong balance of experience and youth with 12 Olympians, including four two-time Olympians as well as three collegiate student-athletes from the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Princeton University.

USA Field Hockey Logo“The squad is a nice balance of youth and experience,” said Parnham. “There is a great spirit with the group and we are looking forward to the challenge of the World League Semi-Finals.”

Team USA is undergoing its final preparations for the World League Semi-Final at Rutgers University and is set to depart for London Saturday, June 15. The U.S. will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, an event they missed out on in 2010 after suffering a 3-1 loss to Korea in the finals of their World Cup qualifying event. The U.S. finished 6th at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Continue reading →

U.S. head coach Craig Parnham announces Women’s Field Hockey National Squad

Parnham announces 30 players to U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Squad
following conclusion of week-long selection tournament

NORFOLK, Va. – May 29, 2013 – The 2013 Women’s National Championship athletes have exerted their entire selves through years of competition and training in hopes of a single sound. Although welcomed, it’s not the deafening applause from a stadium-packed crowd or the high shrill of an umpire’s whistle after a goal. Rather in a momentous fashion, it is the faint sound of a single page turning – a new chapter that signifies reaching the very pinnacle of field hockey and the honor of embodying the nation.

After days of intense evaluation on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. at the 2013 Women’s National Championship event, U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham has selected the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Squad, starting the next chapter for the nation’s 30 top-tier field hockey athletes. Continue reading →

Sisters bring will to win and family name to Women’s National Hockey Championship

The Women’s National Championship kicks off Thursday, May 23 and
features four sets of sisters among 108 athletes fighting for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Team roster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 22, 2013 – For most, at the age of training wheels and tree forts, they become our first opponent – encompassing the true definition of backyard rivals.

USA Field Hockey LogoBefore there was even a score board to light up, a defender to dodge or reserve chip shot to save, siblings helped nurture and grow our ambitious spirit with playground games of tag and tether ball. As the years passed transitioning from our elementary days to elite field hockey players our siblings have always been a constant encourager and motivator inadvertently preparing us for relentless competition on the pitch. This year at the Women’s National Championship four sets of sisters have earned their spot at the tournament bringing their will to win and their family name.

Emma and Meg Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kelsey and Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Tara, Michelle and Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Meghan and Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) Continue reading →

Hockey Olympian Claire Laubach retires after 8 Years on USA Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 15, 2013 – 2012 Olympian Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.), who shares a story of perseverance and hard work that is nothing short of inspiring, is closing the chapter of an incredible field hockey career that includes three NCAA Division I National Championship titles and a Pan American gold medal. After eight years and 167 international competitions with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Laubach made the bittersweet decision to, in her own words, “pass the torch.”

As Laubach reflected on her career and time spent on the U.S. National Team, one of the most notable memories was the Pan American gold medal victory over the No. 1 world ranked team Argentina back in October 2011. The historic victory was not only a first for the U.S., but secured Laubach and Team USA a spot in the London Olympic Games. Continue reading →

U.S. Women’s National Team Beat Korea at 4 Nations Hockey Tournament in New Zealand

WHANGAREI, New Zealand – April 11, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 2-1 win against No. 8 Korea as striker Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and midfielder Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) nabbed a goal in the 66th minute to seal the victory.

The first of two Four Nations tournaments in New Zealand featuring Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and the United States kicked off on April 10. The U.S. will play their final match against New Zealand on Saturday, April 13 before the playoffs on Sunday, April 14. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on the Hockey New Zealand website.   Continue reading →

Parnham Named Young US Women’s Team For 4 Nations Hockey in New Zealand

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 27, 2013 – U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham has selected a squad with a balance of youth and experience for two upcoming Four Nations tournaments in Auckland, New Zealand April 4-21, featuring Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and the United States, displaying his commitment to develop and implement fresh talent into the senior high performance program.

USA Field Hockey LogoParnham has included eight athletes with less than 10 caps to the U.S. roster for the tour. Five collegiate athletes, including, Caitlyn Van Sickle (University of North Carolina), Maxine Fluharty (University of Maryland), Nikki Parsley (Northwestern University), Amanda Fleischut (Drexel University) and Emma Bozek (University of North Carolina) will look to make their debut wearing red, white and blue for Team USA. Continue reading →