U.S. advances to Champions Challenge 1 final: Women’s Hockey

DUBLIN – Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) scored her fourth goal of the Champions Challenge 1 tournament with 16 minutes remaining in the match to lead the U.S. Women’s Team to a 2-1 victory over hosts Ireland this afternoon. The win puts the U.S. facing Australia in the gold medal match tomorrow.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We knew it was going to be a tough game against Ireland in front of a home crowd,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “They are playing well and have certainly elevated their skill level from last year. It is very pleasing to advance to the finals with the young team we at this tournament.” Continue reading →

U.S. blast past Wales and confirm place in semifinal of Women’s Champions Challenge 1

DUBLIN – The U.S. Women’s National Team confirmed their place in the semi-finals of Champions Challenge 1 with a powerful performance and convincing win over Wales this morning. Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.) tallied two goals apiece en route to the 7-2 victory. The U.S. now awaits the result of the Belgium vs Ireland quarterfinal match to determine who they will face in the semis on Saturday.  Continue reading →

U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team finishes on top after preliminary rounds in Champions Challenge 1

The U.S. defeated hosts Ireland, 3-1, to finish first in Pool B

USA Field Hockey LogoDUBLIN – In another dominant second half performance, the U.S. defeated hosts Ireland in front of a loud and animated Irish crowd. The U.S. bounced back from a 1-0 deficit at halftime to outdo Ireland 3-1 in the final match of the preliminary rounds at Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin. The victory puts the U.S. in top place in Pool B and facing Wales in the quarterfinals on October 4 at 8:00 a.m. ET.

“We had disappointing result early on, but we are starting to work our way into the tournament,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “We have a new and young group and I am very happy with finishing first in our pool, but that is behind us and it is all about winning games from this point on.” Continue reading →

O’Donnell lifts U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team to 4-2 victory over South Africa

U.S. gets vengeance after disappointing result in London

DUBLIN – The U.S. Women’s National Team had a 4-2 come from behind win over South Africa today at Champions Challenge 1 in Dublin, Ireland. A solid second half performance saw the U.S. come from a goal down to record the victory. It was a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Games, which South Africa upset the U.S. 7-0 in the final match of the preliminary rounds. The result puts the U.S. on the boards with three points, and drops South Africa to the bottom of the pool with zero points.  

“We had a disappointing result against South Africa in London and to come out here and exercise those demons was great,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “We’re very happy with the elevation in our intensity. We knew we needed to get a result against South Africa to get ourselves back in the tournament and today’s performance contributed to that.” Continue reading →

Four new faces in U.S. National Hockey Team for Champions Challenge 1, Dublin

Four newcomers to make U.S. National Team debut at Champions Challenge 1
Head Coach Lee Bodimeade announces CC1 Team heading to Ireland

USA Field Hockey LogoCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Four newcomers will make their U.S. National Team debut this month at the Electric Ireland Women’s Champions Challenge 1 tournament in Dublin, Ireland, September 29-October 7. Stephanie Fee (Virginia Beach, VA) and Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, NY) earned one of the highly coveted spots on the National Squad after a standout performance at the 2012 Women’s National Championship. Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, IA) and Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa) are part of the Development Squad and will look to earn their first career cap with the National Team while in Dublin. Continue reading →

U.S. wraps up Olympic field hockey tournament in London

LONDON – The U.S. had high hopes of finishing their rocky Olympic campaign on a high note. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for Team USA this morning. Their final match at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Belgium, leaving the U.S. with a last place finish in the tournament. 

USA Field Hockey Logo“We are disappointed to be finishing where we have here and this outcome is a bitter pill to swallow,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “I felt that we had enough chances in the first half to put the game out of Belgium’s reach, but they were tough and hung in and got two goals when we were unable to do so.” Continue reading →