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STORRS, Conn. – The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team earned a bronze medal at the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy after defeating Australia, the world’s third-ranked team, by a 1-0 shootout tally on Sunday in London.
Led by Melissa Gonzalez, current U.S. captain and former UConn standout, the Americans earned their second-ever bronze medal finish in the tournament. The 1995 Champions Trophy in Argentina was the first time they finished in third place.
The U.S. team trailed 2-0 in the second half against Australia, mounting a comeback by scoring in the 42nd and 57th minutes – stretching the match to a shootout.
It was Gonzalez’s lone goal, mixed with the goalkeeping brilliance of Jackie Briggs, that led Team USA to the shootout victory. It was the second win of the tournament for the U.S., which beat Great Britain on Thursday.
Gonzalez was a two-time NFHCA All-America First Team member during her time as a Husky, serving as a key defensive player. She was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons.
The U.S. National Team shifts its focus to the Citi Rio Send-Off Series, which takes place at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. from July 18-26. It will play India and Canada before leaving for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
It will be the second time participating in the Olympics for Gonzalez (also in 2012 London). The Rio Olympics take place from August 5-21.