Duo of former Minutewomen to participate in upcoming friendly matches
UMass alumna joins former Minutewoman Alesha Widdall on Team USA roster
Former UMass field hockey goalkeeper, Team USA reach bronze medal game
UMass alumna assists U.S. Field Hockey National Team at international competition
UMass alumna one of 18 selected to U.S. National Team for international competition
Widdall With The U.S. National Program: Took first at the Junior Pan American Games, hosted in Mexico City, Mexico, in 2008 ... Member of the 2009 Junior World Cup Team ... Saw action with the USNT at the 2012 Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland, where the U.S. finished second ... Helped backstop Team USA to a first place finish at the World League Round No. 2 in 2013 ... Also played for the U.S. at the Four Nations Tournament, World League Round No. 3 and Pan American Games in 2013 ... Took home gold at the Champions Challenge in 2014 and was selected to Team USA for the Hockey World Cup to be hosted during the Summer 2014 ... Chosen to the travel roster for the six-match test series against New Zealand from Oct. 18-26, 2014.
2011 - Senior: Game-by-Game Statistics ... Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year ... A-10 First Team All-Conference ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... A-10 Academic All-Conference ... A-10 Player of the Week (10/10) ... Had a 1.94 goals-against average and .766 save percentage with four shutouts ... Made four saves in the win over Vermont (8/29) ... Shut out Harvard with two stops on Sept. 10 ... Secured three saves during the victory over Lock Haven (10/8) ... Had a season-high 12 shots on two occasions, at Iowa (9/4) and Albany (10/9) ... Helped defeat La Salle, 2-0 with six saves on Oct. 21 ... Turned aside five Temple shots during a 2-1 road victory on Oct. 23.
A2010 - Junior: Game-by-Game Statistics ... NFHCA All-America Third Team ... NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team ... Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team ... Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year ... NFHCA National Academic Squad ... Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference ... UMass Fall Female Scholar Athlete ... Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (10/5) ... UMass Co-Athlete of the Week (10/4) ... Started all 23 games ... Recorded 97 saves and eight shutouts on the season ... Posted a 1.19 goals-against average and .776 save percentage ... Shut out UConn with six saves during a 1-0 win on Sept. 11 ... Notched 10 saves at Yale (9/12) ... Tallied 11 saves as UMass blanked Syracuse (10/3) ... Also secured shutouts of Vermont (9/24), Saint Louis (10/9), Temple (10/22 and 11/5), West Chester (10/29) and Lock Haven (11/9).
2009 - Sophomore: Game-by-Game Statistics ... NFHCA Northeast Region First Team ... Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team ... Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team ... Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team ... Played 21 games in goal, earning 19 starts ... Held an 11-8 record with six shutouts ... Led the Atlantic 10 in goals-against average (1.48), save percentage (.770) and shutouts ... Made eight saves in UMass' 2-1 loss to Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinals ... Made one save in a shutout half of play in a 10-1 win at St. Louis (10/25) ... Made four saves in a 1-0 shutout win at Harvard (10/6) ... Made four saves in a 1-0 win against Yale (10/4) ... Earned six saves at Syracuse (10/3) ... Tallied two stops in a clean half of play at Quinnipiac (9/27) ... Totaled a season-high 10 saves in a 4-0 victory over Northeastern (9/19) ... Named UMass Athlete of the Week, Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 7-13 ... Made three saves in a 1-0 shutout win over No. 12 James Madison at Albany (9/12) ... Made five saves as the team withstood 23 penalty corners in a 1-0 win at Albany (9/11) ... Stopped eight shots in a 4-3 win over No. 9 Iowa (9/5) ... Earned the shutout in the season opener, 1-0 vs. Providence (8/29).
2008 - Freshman: NFHCA Second Team All-America ... NFHCA All-Northeast Region First Team ... Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year ... Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team ... Played in 19 games, starting in 18 ... Finished with a 14-5 record, 1.06 goals against average, .792 save percentage and seven shutouts ... Ranked first in the A-10 and fourth nationally in goals-against average ... Was first in the A-10 and sixth nationally in save percentage ... Led the A-10 in shutouts ... Made nine saves in the NCAA Tournament First Round at Syracuse (11/15) ... Recorded two shutouts, versus Richmond and Saint Joseph's, in the Atlantic 10 Championship ... Had 10 saves against Providence (11/1) ... Won her first career stroke-off on Senior Day against Temple (10/26), making four saves during the game and only allowing one goal on four attempts during the stroke-off ... Was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on 10/20 ... Recorded a win against West Chester (10/19) ... Made six saves in a win over La Salle (10/17) ... Won a gold medal with the U.S. U-21 National Team at the Pan Am Junior Championship in Mexico City, getting the victory in goal in the final game against Chile (10/12) ... (Recorded a win vs. Albany (9/27)... Recorded a win at Brown (9/23) ... Earned her third shutout of the season, making two saves vs. Vermont (9/20) ... Played all 28:17 of overtime and made two saves to get the victory vs. Harvard (9/14) ... Made three saves while allowing only one goal to No. 5 UConn (9/12) ... Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week (9/8) ... Recorded five saves in her third straight win in goal against Northeastern (9/7) ... Had three saves against Dartmouth for her second consecutive shutout (9/5)... Picked up the first win and shutout of her career vs. Quinnipiac (8/31).
Before UMass: Four-year starter at Whitney Point High School, serving as team captain as a junior and a senior ... USFHA U-21 National Team tour of Argentina in March 2008 ... U-19 NIT Qualifier ... BC Field Hockey Club ... Penn Monto/NFHCA High School All-America First Team in 2007 ... Penn Monto/NFHCA High School All-Region Team in 2007 ... New York All-State selection in 2006 and 2007 ... Three-time New York First Team All-Star for Section IV, Class A (2005-07) ... USFHA U-21 Squad in 2006-07 and 2007-08 ... USFHA Olympic Development Select (2007-08) ... Can/Am Challenge U-19 Champion ... Empire State Games participant in 2006 and 2007 ... USFHA U-19 Travel Team to Argentina (2007) ... USFHA Futures Elite selection, 2006 and 2007 ... Also a Futures Development Invitational Camp pick in 2006 & 2007 ... 2007 U-19 USFHA Futures Tournament ... USFHA High Performance Training Camp Northeast, 2007 ... Two-time participant at the USFHA Junior National Camp (2006-07) ... U-19 National Indoor Tournament Pool Champion in 2007 ... USFHA Futures New York State North Goalies in 2006 and 2007 ... National Field Hockey Festival, Thoroughbreds II, 2004-06 ... 2006 AAU Junior Olympics ... All-Star at Cornell Advanced Field Hockey Camp in 2005 ... New York State Sectional Champion in 2004 ... Three-year member of the Whitney Point basketball team as well, serving as team captain her senior season ... Also was a member of the track team, qualifying for sectionals in the discus in 2007 ... USS Swimming for five years ... New York State Scholar Athlete Field Hockey Team, 2004-07 ... Honor Society member ... High Honor Roll, 2006-08.
Personal: Alesha Louise Widdall ... Born January 3, 1990 ... Daughter of Paul and Christine Widdall ... Has five siblings: Joshua, Valerie, Adrian, John and Paul.
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