Jan. 10, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette field hockey senior Emily Valeo and the rest of the U.S. Women’s Senior Indoor Field Hockey team won the 33rd International RohrMax Cup 2013 this past week in Austria.
“I have been on the USA indoor team since my junior year of high school and have been on other international tours, but this was the first international tournament that the US has ever won, which is a tremendous feat for us and a testament to the positive direction in which the program is headed,” Valeo said. “The team chemistry and fluidity on the court was the best it's been in awhile.”
The U.S. began with a 6-1 victory over Austria’s U-21 squad, followed by a 4-2 win over Rot-Weiss Wettingen from Switzerland. The squad made it three straight victories the next day as they picked up a 4-1 win against SV Arminen from Austria before falling to Slavia Prag from the Czech Republic in its second game of the day, 6-1.
The U.S. team faced Slavia Prag again in the final, holding a 2-1 lead into the break. A quick tally from Maryland’s Ali McEvoy gave the team the cushion it needed to close out the game with the 3-2 victory.
“The fact that we turned things around so quickly after the 6-1 loss really shows the potential we have to do great things in the future,” Valeo added. “Winning in Austria sets the bar high for the future as the team trains to qualify for the 2015 World Cup!”
The other members of the team along with Valeo and McEvoy were Rachel Bloemker (Drexel ’06), Megan Bozek (Minnesota ’13), Susan Ciufo (Drexel ’11), Ashley Dalisera (American ’15), Wesley Drew (William & Mary ’10), Amanda Fleischut (Drexel ’13), Maria Keesling (Bucknell ’89), Meredith Long (Maryland ’04), Lindsay McArdle (Drexel ’14) and Kim Tunell (Drexel, ’11).