LOUISVILLE, Ky. – November 21, 2017 – The NCAA Field Hockey Championships have come and gone. While teams battled it out across Divisions I, II and III on the pitch, plenty of field hockey action also took place around the city.
USA Field Hockey was on hand alongside the Louisville Sports Commission, National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Kentucky Field Hockey Coaches Association and Mercy Academy to hold several ancillary events.
This past Saturday, leading up to the NCAA Championship Games and Division II and III Senior Games, USA Field Hockey hosted a social get-together at the Sports and Social Club, where fans had the chance to mix and mingle with fellow field hockey enthusiasts. Three-time Olympian and former U.S. Women’s National Team captain Lauren Crandall was on-site to help give out door prizes, including a signed USA Field Hockey sweatshirt by the Pennsylvania native.
On Sunday morning, USA Field Hockey hosted three educational events. Dozens of kids had the opportunity to play field hockey with Crandall at Mercy Academy, along with their parents. A big thank you to Mercy Academy Head Coach, Brittany Johnson, and to the school for their hospitality and passion for the sport. Several local coaches and club owners came out to help make this a success including Hannah Boyer, Andrea Clark, Caitlyn Grodzicka, Frances McNamara, Andrea McCarthy, Brittney Parrish, and others.
Among the attendees in Louisville were the founders of two new clubs coming to the state of Tennessee. Neil and Pan Padden of Nashville Field Hockey Club and Andrea McCarthy of Richview Field were on site to contribute to the weekend festivities and network.
Umpires had the opportunity to speak with NCAA and top collegiate umpires Amy Hassick, Grant Hundley, Gus Soteriades and Suzi Sutton at the Umpire Q&A. Chip Rogers, Miami University of Ohio Assistant Coach and experienced NCAA umpire, was the moderator.
Coaches meanwhile had the chance to speak with collegiate coaches Jenelle Anthony of Centre College, Carolyn King Robitaille of Saint Anselm College and Justine Sowry from the University of Louisville. Mark Blankenbaker from Bellarmine University was the moderator.
Once again, a big thank you to all who were involved in making this past weekend in Louisville a raging success and helping Grow the Game, Serve Members and Succeed Internationally.