STORRS, Conn. – As the month of January rolls on, UConn field hockey alumni continue to achieve overseas, with the latest being Laura Puddle – a member of the Slough Hockey Club and newly-anointed Super 6s champions.
Puddle, a 2006 UConn graduate, played a pivotal role for Slough in its 14th all-time Super 6s title. The London, England native scored two goals in the first half of the semifinal matchup with Sutton Coldfield – leading the team to a 3-1 win.
“It’s nice (to score in Wembley Stadium), but the main thing was just for us to win,” said Puddle after the semifinal win. “It’s always about the team. We’re a good team and a collective unit.”
The former UConn midfielder almost had a hat trick in the game, as she helped Slough reach the finals where it took a 2-0 victory over Canterbury to be crowned champions.
Puddle was a two-time All-Big East First Team member during her time in Storrs, while also being a four-time Big East Academic All-Star. She was named Second Team All-American as a senior in 2005.
Before she returned to England to play with Slough and help it win the Super 6s for the first time since 2008, Puddle played on UConn teams that won three Big East Tournament titles and reached two NCAA quarterfinals from 2002-05.
Earlier this month, former UConn standout Roisin Upton helped the Irish national team to a World League 2 title – qualifying for World League 3 in the summer and getting one step closer to the 2018 World Cup.
UConn field hockey’s stretch of accomplishment around the world continues, as alumni are achieving great things at the highest level of the sport.