STORRS, Conn. - Even in the offseason, the University of Connecticut field hockey team continues to make news - on a national scale.
Following a 2015 season that saw the Huskies reach the NCAA semifinals for the third-straight time, one former and five current players are currently making waves in USA Field Hockey.
With the 2016 Women's Hockey Champions Trophy slated to begin in London on June 18, plus the U.S. Young Women's National Championship in Lancaster, Pa. on June 28, UConn field hockey is making a global impact.
Gonzalez Preps for Tournament
Melissa Gonzalez, a 2011 UConn graduate and two-time All-America First Team player, will compete on the U.S. National Team for the Champions Trophy, beginning on Saturday.
The former Husky played a big role in the U.S. beating top-ranked Netherlands, 3-2, last Friday in North Holland - the final test match for the Americans before the international tournament begins.
Gonzalez, a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, will look to help lead the U.S. National Team to its first Hockey Champions Trophy. The U.S. has not won the tournament since its inception in 1987.
The U.S. qualified for the tournament by winning the 2014 Champions Challenge I, beating Ireland in the final game in Glasgow, Scotland.
Four Huskies Competing for U-21 Roster
Juniors Casey Umstead and Karlie Heistand, sophomores Amanda Collins and Amelia Iacobucci, and redshirt freshman Erin McNamara have all earned the right to compete for a spot on the Under-21 U.S. National Team with their upcoming participation in the Young Women's National Championship.
The four Huskies were selected to compete in international structured competition at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster from June 28 to July 3, having a chance to showcase their talents to the national coaches.
Umstead enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, being named to the All-Mideast Region and All-Big East Second Team. She was second on the team with 18 goals and tied for second with 43 points.
Heistand started all 23 games for the Huskies, being named to the All-Mideast Region First Team and All-Big East Second Team.
Named Big East Co-Freshman of the Year, Iacobucci was the top goal-scoring freshman in the conference with 10 scores on the season.
Collins recorded 25 total points in her freshman season, netting nine goals and racking up seven assists in 23 appearances. She was named Big East Rookie of the Week on two occasions.
McNamara did not see any game action in 2015, but she was a two-time First Team All-State honoree at Winnisquam Regional High School. From 2011 to 2014, she was also a USA Field Hockey Futures National participant.
For scores, news and other updates, visit the U.S. National Team website HERE to follow the UConn players participating internationally.