STORRS, Conn. – Six members of the 2017 National Championship field hockey team earned a chance to pursue their dreams of carrying the letters "USA" across their chest. In total, the Huskies had eight players make the trip to Pennsylvania as UConn incoming commits Lindsay Dickinson and Elizabeth Romano began their journey in the USA Field Hockey pipeline.
This past weekend, Nina Klein, Karlie Heistand, Casey Umstead, Amelia Iacobucci, Amanda Collins and Vivienne Tucker took part in the U.S. National Team trials in Lancaster, Pa. The Huskies vied for spots on the U.S. National Team, U.S. Developmental Squad and the U.S. U-21 National Team. Dickinson and Romano competed for a chance to compete on the U.S. U-19 National Team.
Graduating seniors Klein, Heistand and Umstead joined 31 collegiate athletes who endured three days of intense training in hopes of being named to the U.S. Women’s National Team or the National Development Squad. With the potential promising, the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad accounts for the transitional phase between the U-21 USWNT and the senior USWNT
Instrumental in the Huskies perfect 23-0 season, the trio recently concluded their collegiate career with bookend national titles. In addition to raising the trophy in 2014 and 2017, Klein, Heistand and Umstead leave Storrs boasting a remarkable 87-6 record that includes four trips to the Final Four and four BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Titles.
Juniors Collins and Iacobucci and freshman Vivienne Tucker were selected as candidates for the U-21 National Team. Collins served as a member of the team in 2017 and represented the United States during the squads England Tour last summer. Collins and Iacobucci are coming off All-Region seasons while Tucker concluded a successful freshman campaign.
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