April 15, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – A pair of former UConn field hockey standouts have made an impact on the international level in recent news. This past weekend, 2010 UConn graduate Anna Easty co-captained Team Canada to a goal medal at the Indoor Pan American Cup, which automatically qualifies the squad for the 2015 Indoor World Cup in Germany next February.
In Team USA news, former UConn star Melissa Gonzalez has earned a spot on the Champions Challenge roster, U.S. Women’s National Team announced on Monday.
Easty Leads Team Canada To Gold At Pan American Indoor Games
Former Husky Anna Easty co-captained the Canadian indoor national team to a gold medal at the 2014 Pan American Indoor Games this past week in Montevideo, Uruguay. Easty guided Team Canada to a 2-0-1 record in tournament round-robin play before beating both the U.S. and Argentina in playoff games to clinch gold. The Canadians tallied 20 goals and finished with three shutouts, defeating Argentina 3-1 in the gold medal match.
“We’re really happy with how things went this entire tournament,” Easty had said following Canada’s victory on Saturday, April 12. “We focused in on one game at a time and we stuck to our game plan. It feels amazing to win this as a team, we’ve come so far and we are excited for the road ahead.” The win qualifies the squad for the 2015 Indoor Field Hockey World Cup in Germany.
Easty was a midfielder/forward for the Huskies from 2007-2009, earning several accolades in that span. She was a two-time Big East All-Academic Team selection and a Big East Academic All-Star in her freshman season. Easty was also tabbed as an NFHCA National Academic Team choice on two occasions.
The Toronto, Ontario native is currently enrolled at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in her home city and has been competing with the Lions’ field hockey club. This past season, she was named the Ontario University of Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player of the year.
Easty began her stint with the Canadian national program in 2007, when she participated in the Junior National Team Trials.
Gonzalez Selected to 2014 U.S. National Team Champions Challenge Roster
On Monday, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Craig Parnham announced that former UConn field hockey standout and U.S. National Team veteran Melissa Gonzalez has been named to the Champions Challenge roster. The Champions Challenge will take place April 27-May 4 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Champions Challenge represents the final step of preparation for the squad on the road to the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.
Gonzalez was a three-time All-American defender during her time at Connecticut. As a senior captain in the 2010 season, Gonzalez netted NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year as well as Big East Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career. She was a four-time All-Region selection and a four-time All-Big East choice at UConn. Gonzalez also captained the Huskies in 2009, leading UConn to NCAA Tournament appearances in all four of her seasons, which included a run to the national semifinals in 2007. With Gonzalez on the roster, Connecticut captured four Big East championships and went 19-5 in conference play.
In June of 2013, Gonzalez earned her 100th cap with the United States National team during Team USA’s match against Argentina during the Investec Hockey World League Semifinals in London. Gonzalez was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team competing at the summer games in London.
The U.S. is currently ranked 10th in the world and is one of the higher ranked teams competing in the 2014 Champions Challenge. Team USA will look to take on Korea, who currently sits 8th in world rankings.