USA Field Hockey Weekly Report

Feb. 18, 2014, 4:39 p.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Week of February 17, 2014

The Spooky Nook Sports Town Hall Meeting: Next weekend’s inaugural Under-12 and Under-14 National Indoor Tournament (NIT) is to be held in Lancaster, Pa. at Spooky Nook Sports. This location will also be the host for this year’s first USA Field Hockey Town Hall Meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening February the 22nd in Meeting Room One located on the opposite side of the building of where the games are being played. The purpose of the meeting is to bring up issues of concern from our membership so they can be properly explained or looked into. If the issues are event directed, we hope to achieve resolution. The Town Hall Meetings are, and have been in the past, healthy discourses on all things hockey. I look forward to seeing you next Saturday.

The Hall of Fame Committee has been hard at work planning our next Hall of Fame induction Class of 2014. Be on the lookout for more information later this week including the recruitment for Hall of Fame nominations and USA Field Hockey Honorary Members nomination. For more information about our Hall of Fame Committee, past Hall of Fame inductions, and information about the 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please contact Meg Connolly, Director of Fundraising and External Relations at mconnolly@usafieldhockey.com.

The U.S. Men’s Development Squad began a four game series against the University of British Columbia (UBC) yesterday at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center. Team USA came out on top of the tightly contested match with a score of 4-3. For updates on the U.S. Men’s Development Squad’s series against the University of British Columbia, regularly check usafieldhockey.com.

The U.S. Women’s National Team closed out a two-week three nation series yesterday at the Olympic Training Center in California. Team USA contended against World Ranked Number 5 international squad New Zealand. Another beautiful day on the West Coast set the scene for a buzzer-beater match naming New Zealand as the victors 2-1.The capped matches in Chula Vista, Cali. proved for fierce international competition for the United States. On Monday, February 10 the USA played Great Britain knotting a tie of 2-2. The next capped match for Team USA resulted in a 3-3 draw against opponent New Zealand. Again on Saturday, the USA met a similar outcome against the Black Sticks with a 2-2 finish.

The Women’s Under-18 Squad proved that the future of USA Field Hockey looks bright. During the last week, the Under-18 squad competed for a spot at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. A record of 6-2 landed them in third and just short of automatic qualification for the games. Although the team did not achieve the outcome that they were hoping for, they demonstrated perseverance, promising skill and a lot of heart. Team USA’s Austyn Cuneo was named “Top Scorer” of the tournament with 17 goals, while her teammate Julianna Tornetta was named “Young Player of the Tournament”.

Conan O’Brien: “The Slovenian woman who won the gold medal in alpine skiing is also a pop star in her country. So Justin Bieber is not the only pop star going downhill fast.”

Have a great week!!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey

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