Second Place Finish for USA in Four Nations Tournament

Feb. 20, 2011, 9:59 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Ashley Meunier, Communications Manager

(719) 866-4365, ameunier@usafieldhockey.com 

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2011

Second Place FInish for USA in Four Nations Tournament

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – USA wrapped up their second Four Nations Tour in Rosario, Argentina tonight with a second place finish. USA had a strong performance over Argentina in the final match and held them to only two goals in the first half. The game could have gone either way with USA fighting to the very last seconds.

“It was important for us to put on a good performance so that we can make a step forward against Argentina’s perceived dominance,” said Lee Bodimead, Head Coach. “The girls were disappointed with the result, but I was happy with their performance. We played at the highest level and that gives us added confidence going forward, with 2012 in mind.”

USA dominated play immediately, with much of the game played on their side of the twenty-five. Their speed from the start paid off, with USA scoring the first goal just eight minutes in on a corner. Claire Laubach (San Diego, CA) drag flicked the ball past the Argentina goalie. Laubach has been successful on corner opportunities throughout this tournament, scoring three goals and setting up one.

Argentina was successful on their second corner opportunity of the match which came in the nineteenth minute of play. The score remained tied 1-1 until six minutes left in the first half when Argentina converted another penalty corner into a goal. USA was within a goal going into the second half.

The game got physical in the second half, resulting in multiple cards on both sides. Argentina had three more penalty corners, but Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC) and Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa) were strong in the backfield, making both impressive and crucial saves.

With eight minutes remaining in the game, Argentina was awarded another penalty corner which resulted in a third goal, giving them a two goal advantage. The USA offense created multiple scoring opportunities for the remainder of the match, but were only able to capitalize on one. Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa) got the ball past Argentina goalkeeper

Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa) received her 150th international cap, recognizing her longevity with the National team.

USA Roster: Torrie Albini (Escondido, CA), Kayla Bashore (Shoemakersville, Pa), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ), Katie Evans (Newtown Square, Pa), Maren Ford (Ann Arbor, MI), Melissa Gonzalez (Cortland, NY), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC), Jackie Kintzer (Chapel Hill, NC), Claire Laubach (Bristow, VA), Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA), Katie O'Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa), Lauren Pffeifer (Iowa City, IA), Paige Selenski (Charlottesville, Pa), Keli Smith (Selinsgrove, Pa), Pam Speuhler (Sudbury, MA), Shannon Taylor (San Diego, CA), Michelle Vittese (Charlottesville, VA)

About USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at ameunier@usafieldhockey.com, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding USA Field Hockey can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.

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