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Upton, Irish National Team Cruises Past Malaysia

Jan. 16, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
Roisin Upton and the Irish national women’s field hockey team continues to put forth good results with a 2-1 victory over Malaysia today in the latest game of the Women’s FIH Hockey World League Round 2.

Upton, a former UConn field hockey standout, has helped the Irish team to wins in the first two games of the tournament – which will determine what teams qualify to play in the Semifinals, which take place in June and July.

It was an impressive victory for the Green Army, which was able to withstand a comeback effort from host Malaysia, in front of the road crowd. Ireland is now 2-0 in Pool B play.

This round of the tournament also serves as a qualifier for the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, with the 10-11 highest-placed teams apart from the host nation (Belgium) and the five continental champions qualifying.

A two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Upton has played a big role in Ireland allowing just one goal in two games. The Irish team beat Kazakhstan, 12-0, in the opening game on Saturday.

Upton and the rest of the Green Army is back in action tomorrow to play Hong Kong at 5:15 a.m. (EST).