USA Field Hockey Story
STORRS, Conn. – Melissa Gonzalez and the No. 6 U.S. Women’s National Team completed their mission to be crowned the World League 3 Champions on Sunday morning. In dramatic fashion, USA put together a, 2-1, come-from-behind win against No. 7 Germany, ultimately defeating their opponents, 3-2, in shootout fashion to claim gold.
Gonzalez, the former UConn standout, was tabbed the Best Player of the tournament for her leadership and constant hustle throughout the tournament.
Despite trailing, 1-0, with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, USA fought with grit and teamwork to knot the score 1-1 in the 58th minute. A strong defensive performance by both teams in the remaining minutes would send the match into a shootout where a champion would later be crowned.
USA team captain Gonzalez gave her squad an early edge, sending her shootout attempt past the Germany goalkeeper and into the back of the net. The captain was two-for-two in shootout goals during the tournament, as Gonzalez provided her team with the game winner against England to propel the squad to a 2-1 victory and a trip to the finals last Thursday.
One of just two former Huskies to make multiple Olympic appearances, Gonzalez has been a major piece of the USA Field Hockey team since joining the program in 2011.
A 2011 UConn graduate, Gonzalez is a three-time NFHCA All-American – achieving First Team status in her junior and senior seasons. She appeared in both the 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio) Summer Olympics.