STORRS, Conn. – In the final weekend of the spring season, the UConn field hockey team is getting a visit from a familiar collegiate foe and a national-level program, making for a busy couple of days at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
The U.S. Women’s National Developmental Squad and Boston College will be visiting the Huskies for a series of scrimmages over the weekend, allowing each team a chance to get in some practice.
On Saturday, Boston College will play the U.S. Developmental Squad from 10 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. (ET) to begin the day’s exhibitions. UConn will then play the U.S. Developmental Squad from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (ET) and Boston College from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (ET).
UConn will once again play the U.S. on Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. (ET), to round-out the weekend’s contests and wrap-up the spring season for the Huskies.
Rising senior Karlie Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.) is part of UConn’s connection to the U.S. Developmental Squad, as she was named to the program’s roster back in January. Heistand will play for UConn in all games it plays, but will compete with the U.S. team on Saturday against the Eagles.
The U.S. Developmental Squad was formed to account for the transitional phase from the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team to the senior USWNT. The purpose of the program is to nurture the talent of college students who can no longer compete on the U-21 team due to age restrictions, but show great field hockey promise.
Heistand, named to the 2016 All-Mideast Region Second Team, will play for head coach Jun Kentwell and compete in the Young Women’s National Championship at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa. during the month of June.