Widdall Competing In Germany With Team USA
March 18, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass junior goalkeeper Alesha Widdall is in Europe this week competing with the USA Junior National Team against top-flight international competition. The Whitney Point, N.Y. native has played for the Team USA U-21 squad for three years and competed at the Junior World Cup in Boston in 2009. The team traveled to Ireland over the weekend and is now in Germany competing until returning home on March 27.
Widdall has been associated with USA Field Hockey since 2006 at various levels, working her way up through the Futures programs to playing overseas with the U-19 team to now playing her third year on the U-21 squad.
The Team USA Junior National Team (U-21) is comprised mostly of elite collegiate players from around the country and a select few high school players. It serves as the main development squad for the US Senior National Team.
Widdall established herself as one of the nation's top collegiate goalkeepers since her freshman year at UMass. That season she went 14-5 with a 1.06 GAA and seven shutouts. She was named a Second-Team All-American and Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Year.
She followed up that effort with a sophomore campaign in which she was named All-Northeast Region First Team and All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row, going 11-8 with a 1.48 GAA and six shutouts.
As a junior in 2010, Widdall led UMass to its second A-10 title in her three seasons, going 15-8 with a 1.19 GAA and eight shutouts. She was named Third-Team All-American to go along with third straight All-Conference and All-Region honors. Widdall's work in the classroom was also recognized as she was named Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year and UMass Fall Scholar Athlete.