Michelle Vittese

USA Field Hockey

Name: Michelle Vittese
Sport: Field Hockey
Position: Forward
DOB: 12/6/1989
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pa.
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.
High School: Camden Catholic ('08)
College: University of Virginia ('13)
Team/Club: Spirit of USA
Olympic Experience
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games (5th, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • London 2012 Olympic Games (12th, London, England)
World Championship Experience
  • Gold - 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada)
  • Gold - 2014 Champions Challenge (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Gold - 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico)
  • Silver - 2012 Champions Challenge I (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Bronze - 2016 Champions Trophy (London, England)
  • 4th - 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup (The Hague, The Netherlands)
  • 5th - 2015 World League Round 3 (Valencia, Spain)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2016: Series against Canada (Chula Vista, Calif.), Series against Chile (Lancaster, Pa.), Series against Holland (Hilversum, The Netherlands), Citi Rio Send-Off Series (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 2015: Series against Argentina (Lancaster, Pa.), 8 Nations Tournament (5th, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand), Series against Ireland (Lancaster, Pa.), Series against Great Britain (Marlow, England), Series against Japan (Lancaster, Pa.)
  • 2011: Redshirted the 2011-12 season at UVa to compete with the U.S. Women's National Team
  • 2010: NFHCA first team All-American, First team All-American by womensfieldhockey.com, An All-ACC honoree, Named to ACC All-Tournament Team (UVa)
  • 2009: Junior World Cup Team (Boston, Massachusetts), Participated on the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team in Youth Olympic Festival (Australia), NFHCA third team All-American, First team All-American by womensfieldhockey.com, An All-ACC selection, Selected to NCAA All-Tournament Team (UVa)
  • 2008: Selected to the Junior Pan American Championships team but could not compete due to injury
  • 2007: Named to the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team
Personal: Daughter of Mark and Pat Vittese...Has two sisters, Carissa and Tara, both played field hockey at the University of Virginia
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In a strategic move displaying her dedication and determination to make the 2012 London Olympic Squad, Vittese put her academic pursuits on pause at the University of Virginia to focus entirely on making the National Team. Vittese's decision paid off and she was recognized with the 2011 Player of the Year award. Vittese has proven her staying power as an aggressive attacker for Team USA and was a part of the 2014 Champions Challenge gold medal squad and the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup team that burst onto the international stage with a fourth place finish.

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