Ten ACC Field Hockey Players Headed To London
June 11, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Ten current and former Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes were named to the 16-player U.S. Women's Field Hockey team that will compete at the 2012 Olympic Games, as announced today by head coach Lee Bodimeade.
Four of the ACC's six field hockey schools are represented on the team. Wake Forest had three players named: team captain Lauren Crandall, Claire Laubach, and Michelle Kasold. Maryland's Katie O'Donnell, the four-time ACC Player of the Year, and Keli Smith Puzo are on the team, and will be joined by North Carolina's Katelyn Falgowski, Amy (Tran) Swenson and Rachel Dawson. Virginia's Michelle Vittese and Paige Selenski both redshirted in 2011 to compete on the national team and have one more year eligibility with the Cavaliers.
The U.S. has been drawn into a challenging pool made up of No. 2 Argentina, No. 3 Germany, No. 6 New Zealand, No. 7 Australia and No. 12 South Africa. The U.S. will open Pool B play at the Olympic Games with a face-off against Germany on Sunday, July 29. From there, the U.S. will advance to their next opponents in the tournament - Argentina, then Australia, New Zealand and close the preliminary rounds with South Africa on Monday, August 6. The women's first semi-final will take place on Wednesday, August 8. The gold-medal round commences on Friday, August 10.
The U.S. will begin their final preparation for the London Games on Monday, June 18, with the start of a four game test series against Argentina in Virginia. The 16-women nominated to the Olympic Team plus two replacement athletes will compete on the tour that stops at the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and the National Training Center.
The final match on June 23 will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. An Olympic celebration will follow at 6:30 p.m. ET, which will formally recognize and celebrate the U.S. Olympic Women's Field Hockey Team. Tickets are still available to the public and can be purchased on usafieldhockey.com.
The team will depart for London on July 21.
For the full release, visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey.aspx.