FIH World League Semifinals - Times/Results
STORRS, Conn. – Beginning on Saturday, UConn field hockey alum Melissa Gonzalez (USA) and Roisin Upton (IRL) will each be competing in the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa with big implications at stake.
From July 8-23, some of the best field hockey teams in the world will play in a 10-team tournament to fight for automatic qualification in both the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London and a World League Finals berth in New Zealand at the end of this year.
Gonzalez, a team captain for the U.S. Women’s National Team, and Upton, competing in her first international season with Ireland, will both be representing the UConn program on a global scale.
Each will play four matches with their respective teams against their pool opponents, ranging from July 8 to July 16. The quarterfinals are set for July 18, semifinals on July 20 and the final on July 23.
ESPN3/WatchESPN will provide coverage of the tournament throughout the two-week span, with all matches played in the morning in Eastern Standard Time (six hours behind South Africa). For a complete schedule, look below:
July 8 – Ireland vs. Japan – 6 a.m. (Pool A)
USA vs. Chile – 10 a.m. (Pool B)
July 10 – Ireland vs. Germany – 8 a.m. (Pool A)
USA vs. India – 12 p.m. (Pool B)
July 12 – Ireland vs. Poland – 8 a.m. (Pool A)
July 14 – USA vs. Argentina – 10 a.m. (Pool B)
July 16 – Ireland vs. England – 8 a.m. (Pool A)
USA vs. South Africa – 10 a.m. (Pool B)
Upton, a 2016 UConn graduate, will be competing in Pool A with the Green Army – ranked No. 15 in the FIH Hero World Ranking – against No. 2 England, No. 7 Germany, No. 11 Japan, and No. 18 Poland.
Gonzalez, a 2011 graduate and two-time Olympian, will play with No. 6 Team USA in Pool B against No. 3 Argentina, No. 12 India, No. 13 South Africa, and No. 20 Chile.
In late May, Gonzalez and Upton competed against one another, as Team USA hosted Ireland in a three-match series at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. The former Huskies will only get a rematch if their teams both reach the World League 3 finals.