Prince Selected To U.S. Field Hockey National Team
June 25, 2014
LANCASTER, Pa. - Former University of Massachusetts field hockey standout Hannah Prince was selected to join the United States National Team, as U.S. head coach Craig Parnham announced the 30-person roster on Wednesday. Prince was a started at midfield and on defense for the Minutewomen from 2010-13 and was chosen for Team USA following competition at the 2014 Women's National Championship from June 16-21.
"It is an honor to earn this selection to the United States National Team," Prince said. "I would not have been able to accomplish this without the relentless support my coaches, family and friends have given me throughout the past four years that has led to success on and off the field."
Prince is the 11th former Minutewoman selected to the U.S. National Team. She joins Alesha Widdall in representing UMass on Team USA, as Widdall has competed for the senior U.S. squad since 2012.
In four seasons with the Minutewomen, Prince compiled 87 starts over as many games played. She contributed 37 points to the offense via 10 goals - including five game-winning tallies - and 17 assists. Prince also provided eight defensive saves while the squad won 57 games during her career.
"I cannot thank [UMass head coach] Carla Tagliente enough for being the perfect mentor and coach," Prince continued. "Her dedication to the University of Massachusetts and the UMass field hockey program shaped me into the player I am now. She pushes me to never settle for the status quo and to strive to be the best player and person I can be. Earning a place on the United States National Team has been a lifelong dream of mine and I am excited to begin this thrilling journey."
Prince had a career year as a senior in 2012 when she produced 28 points on eight goals and 12 assists. For her efforts, she was rewarded with NFHCA First Team All-Region and Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference laurels while the Minutewomen reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and finished with a 19-5 overall record to go with a 7-0 mark in A-10 games.
"What a great opportunity for Hannah - it's been a dream of hers for quite some time," Tagliente said. "It's a dream that many young athletes have, but few come to realize. Her selection to the U.S. National Team speaks volumes to her ability, heart, relentlessness and character. I am excited for Hannah, how far she has come and how far she can yet go. She deserves this opportunity and has worked to put herself in this position. It's a great day for our program and for all of UMass Nation. I can not begin to express how proud I am of her and how excited I am to watch her push for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016."
Massachusetts is one of only 12 universities represented on the Team USA roster, nine of which boast at least two former competitors.
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