Rayell Heistand and three other Huskies have earned a spot on the US National Team.
June 25, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – Rising senior Chrissy Davidson and former University of Connecticut field hockey standouts Marie Elena Bolles, Melissa Gonzalez and Rayell Heistand have each earned a spot on the 30-member United States Field Hockey National Team as announced by USA Field Hockey today.
Team USA recently finished fourth at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.
Bolles, a recently graduated senior, was the 2013 Division I National Player of the Year, becoming the first UConn player to win the award and helping to lead the Huskies to their third national title in program history. Bolles was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team, the All-Big East Tournament Team, and is a three-time All-Big East First Team member. She finished her UConn career eighth all-time in goals scored (47) and sixth in points (129).
Rising senior Chrissy Davidson was named to the All-Big East Second Team for the first time in her collegiate career in 2013. The Husky midfielder started in all 25 games, tying for third on the team with 12 assists. She had four games with multiple assists and finished fourth in the Big East with 0.57 assist per game. It was Davidson’s goal in a penalty shootout that sealed a win for the Huskies in the NCAA Semifinal against North Carolina, which set the stage for their national title victory.
A two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year during her time at Connecticut, Gonzalez also competed with Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics. During her time in Storrs, her efforts helped the Huskies earn berths in four NCAA Tournaments and advance to the 2007 National Semifinals and 2010 Quarterfinals. Gonzalez racked up 27 goals and 14 assists for 68 total points in her UConn career. The New York native owns 123 caps with Team USA after solidifying her spot on the National Team in 2010.
Heistand, a 2012 graduate of UConn, was honored as a Second Team All-American during her junior and seasons with the Huskies. Heistand was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection in each of the last two seasons and was the 2011 Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. The Hamburg, Pa. native was a three-time All-Mideast Region selection and has earned nine caps with Team USA.
About USA Field Hockey
USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Field Hockey is committed to providing opportunities for our 23,000 members to participate, develop and excel as players, coaches, umpires and administrators. The U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams strive for competitive excellence in Olympic, Pan American Games, World Cup and other International competitions. USA Field Hockey is a proud member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Hockey Federation. For more information, visit usafieldhockey.com.