July 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – On top of the four field hockey players already representing the University of Connecticut on the U.S. National Team, three more Huskies will have the chance to play nationally after having been selected to participate in the U.S. Junior National Camp on July 6-9.
Olivia Bolles, Karlie Heistand and Casey Umstead were the three Huskies chosen to take part in this camp in Lancaster, Pa., which has been named the “Home of Hockey” by USA Field Hockey after they agreed to a partnership with Spooky Nook Sports through the 2022 season.
Bolles was selected for the Under-21 team, while Heistand and Umstead were both chosen for the Under-19 Junior National Camp. They will all have the opportunity to try-out for a roster spot on their respective U.S. Junior Women’s National Team during the camp.
Rising sophomore and midfielder Olivia Bolles is the only player chosen who was on the 2013 National Championship team. Bolles saw action in 25 games, earning 23 starts and contributing four points, all assists, throughout the season. She was part of the dominant UConn defense that surrendered only 29 goals all year, allowing an opponent shot percentage of just .133.
Bolles’ sister, Marie Elena, recently earned a roster spot on the U.S. Field Hockey National Team after a season where she was named the NCAA Division I National Player of the Year.
Both Heistand and Umstead are incoming freshmen looking to add to the rich tradition of UConn field hockey, a program that has produced three national championships since 1981.