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Melissa Gonzalez Continues on the Road to the Olympics

Melissa Gonzalez in the June 23 contest against Argentina.

June 28, 2012

USA Field Hockey Photo Gallery

STORRS, Conn. - Former University of Connecticut field hockey star Melissa Gonzalez, who was recently named to the United States Olympic Team, competed with Team USA in a four-game series with Argentina from June 18-23. The four-game series ended with the two teams finishing 1-1-2 against one another and took place at the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and concluded at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va.

Gonzalez, a two-time First Team All-America selection and 2010 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year at Connecticut, scored a goal in Team USA's 2-2 tie against Argentina during the series finale in Virginia Beach. The pictures in the photo gallery above are from that contest and include photos of the celebration thereafter.

Gonzalez completed her career at UConn with 27 goals and fourteen assists for 68 points. A member of the United States National Team, Gonzalez was selected as a First Team All-American by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in 2009 and 2010 and earned Third Team honors in 2008.

The 2010 Mideast Region Player of the Year, Gonzalez is one of only five Huskies to hear All-Mideast Region status four times. Gonzalez was also selected as an All-BIG EAST First Team member in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was crowned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons.

In Gonzalez's four years as a Husky, the team qualified for four NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the 2007 National Semifinal and the 2010 Quarterfinal. Connecticut took home the championship hardware from two BIG EAST Tournaments and won the 2007 and 2008 BIG EAST Regular Season Championship.