Widdall Helps U.S. To Fourth Place At 2014 World Cup
June 14, 2014
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - University of Massachusetts field hockey alumna Alesha Widdall (2008-11) helped the United States National Team reach the bronze medal game at the 2014 World Cup on Saturday. Team USA faltered to No. 2 internationally-ranked Argentina, 2-1 to earn a fourth place finish as the No. 10 team in the world and cap play at the tournament with a 4-2-1 record.
The U.S. dropped its semifinal contest to No. 4 Australia in the semifinals on penalty strokes, 3-1 after tying, 2-2 through regulation. The loss sent Team USA to the bronze medal game after the United States finished pool play with four wins and a tie, which went against Argentina.
Widdall was one of two goalies to travel with the U.S. side to the Netherlands for competition. She was a two-time NFHCA All-American and the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The native of Whitney Point, N.Y., won 47 games during her career at UMass and earned 25 shutouts while producing a 1.40 goals-against average over nearly 5,650 minutes of action.