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Melissa Gonzalez and Rayell Heistand Compete for Team USA vs. Canada

Rayell Heistand, above, Melissa Gonzalez and Team USA will compete against Team Canada in Lancaster, Pa.

March 13, 2014

Melissa Gonzalez, Rayell Heistand and the U.S. Women's National Team were joined by the National Canadian Squad in Lancaster, Pa. for their first of four matches in a capped series held at Spooky Nook Sports' Dome Arena.

 Before Monday's match the field hockey community celebrated a monumental event in USA Field Hockey history with the cutting of a ribbon as the National Team stepped onto the pitch for their first capped game at the official Home of Hockey. Team USA rose above Canada to win the first match with a score of 7-0.

"It's great to be hosting international matches here in Lancaster," said Head Coach Craig Parnham. "It's also very pleasing to see so many people watching. Hopefully some hockey stars of the future are in the crowd." 

Gonzalez and Heistand, both All-Americans at UConn, anchored a defense that shut out the Canadian attack en route to the 7-0 win. 

"This week provides another opportunity for the players to push for selection for the summer tournaments," said Parnham. "The team will change throughout the week allowing us to look at a variety of options. Tonight was a good start to the week and a memorable night for Laura, gaining her first international cap." 

Follow @USAFieldHockey on Twitter for live match updates.  All games begin at 6 p.m..

Courtesy USA Field Hockey