Hometown: Hamburg, PA
Current Residence: Mt Joy, PA
Born: 1990
Joined National Team: 2013 
Position: Defense
Number:  26


For Heistand, field hockey is a family tradition. With her mother as a coach, Heistand grew up on the field hockey pitch. Although a three-sport athlete through high school, Heistand followed the family way and chose to be part of the University of Connecticut field hockey team. After a successful career with the UConn Huskies as part of the defense that led the Big East Conference in 2011, she moved into the world of coaching as an assistant for the Lafayette Leopards. Her playing and coaching experience has made her a valuable asset to the US Women’s National Squad.


  • 2011-2012: Named to the US Women’s National Development Squad
  • 2010-2011: NFHCA Second Team All-American
  • 2010: Named to the US U21 National Team
  • 2009: Junior World Cup (Boston, Mass.)


Nickname: Ray
Twitter: @RayellErin
High School: Hamburg Area High School
Club: High Styx
Years of Futures: 6
College: University of Connecticut
Major: Allied Health
Names of parents/guardians: Clifford and Diane Heistand
Name of sibling: Karlie Heistand
Game day mantra: Leave it all on the field
Favorite sports quote: "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination." - Tommy Lasorda