Widdall Wins Champions Challenge I With Team USA
May 7, 2014
GLASGOW, Scotland - Former UMass field hockey goalkeeper Alesha Widdall (2008-11) helped the U.S. National Team win gold at the Champions Challenge I, which was hosted in Glasgow, Scotland, from April 27 - May 4. Team USA defeated Ireland, 3-1 in the final on the evening of May 4 and finished the tournament with four victories during the five-game event.
The U.S. defeated Spain, 3-1 on the opening day of competition but fell to South Africa, 2-1 the following afternoon. Team USA concluded pool play with a 3-0 shutout of Ireland to advance to the quarterfinals, where the squad took a 1-0 decision from India. The USNT continued its run of success with another 3-1 victory over Spain to secure a spot in the finale, where it defeated Ireland, 3-1.
The Champions Challenge is the final step in preparations for the upcoming World Cup, which will be played in the Netherlands during June.
Widdall was a two-time NFHCA All-American and the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. She won 47 games during her career and earned 25 shutouts while producing a career 1.40 goals-against average in nearly 5,650 minutes of action.