Field Hockey Quartet Competes with USA Indoor Squad
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) of the University of New Hampshire field hockey team have been competing on the USA indoor field hockey senior developmental squad in Philadelphia since the March tryouts. They are three of 32 athletes competing for a spot on the 12-member Women's National Indoor Team.
The open tryout was the primary selection opportunity for the Women's Indoor National Teams. Senior, Junior and Junior Developmental Squads were named following the tryout. Incoming freshman Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) was named to the Junior Indoor Squad and has also been playing since the March tryouts.
Members of the National Indoor Team represent the U.S. at major international competitions, including the upcoming Indoor Pan Am Championships In August 2012.
Bozek started all 22 games as a sophomore back for UNH in 2011 and tallied five goals and one assist for 11 points as an integral part of the offensive penalty corner unit. That included the game-winning goal in the America East title game against Boston University as well as a goal in the NCAA first-round game vs. Michigan.
Bozek led the Wildcats in defensive saves with three and was also a prominent part of the Wildcats' defensive penalty corner unit. Her 2011 accolades included Longstreth/NFHCA Northeast Region Second Team, America East All-Conference Second Team and America East All-Academic Team.
Joyce also started all 22 games as a freshman, but she patrolled the midfield for the Wildcats in the '11 season. She recorded two goals and three assists for seven points, and that included an assist in the NCAA tourney game vs. Michigan as well as a goal in the final weekend of the regular season at nationally-ranked University at Albany (Oct. 29). Joyce recorded her first collegiate point with an assist in the second game of the season, Aug. 28 against Kent State University, and scored her first goal Sept. 16 at home against Holy Cross. She was a unanimous selection to the America East All-Rookie Team.
Pohlmeyer, a sophomore midfielder a year ago, started all 22 games and recorded 13 points on five goals and three assists while playing an integral role on the offensive penalty corner unit. With those numbers, she tied for fourth on the squad in goals and ranked fifth in points. She was also a vital part of the defensive penalty corner in addition to her role in transitioning the Wildcats from defense to offense.
Giese had a highly-decorated senior year at Perkiomen Valley High School as her 2011 honors included All-State First Team, PAC-10 Conference First Team and All-Academic Team, Pottstown Mercury All-Area First Team and Times Herald All-Area First Team. The back/midfielder helped lead the Vikings to a 2011 Pac-10 Final Four runner-up finish and the district playoffs.
Beyond high school, Giese was a 2011 National Futures Championship participant and Futures Elite selection; in 2010, she was a silver medalist at the National Futures Championship and Giese was a gold medalist at the 2008 and 2010 National Indoor Tournament and the 2009 National Field Hockey Festival, and earned silver at the 2007 National Indoor tourney.
The U.S. will also send a national team to the 2014 Indoor Pan Am Cup in an effort to qualify to the 2015 Indoor World Cup. Members of the Indoor National squad will also represent the U.S. in additional international and domestic competitions throughout the year.