Dec. 30, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
While the entire Boston College field hockey squad is hard at work this offseason, three members of the team are using this winter to take their game to an international level.
Sophomore Nicole Schuster, will be attending the U.S. U21 National Team camp in January, while freshman Emma Plasteras has been selected to take part in a competitive camp with the Canadian Junior National Squad over winter break. Anna Wetherall, who played with BC in 2011 as a graduate student, has been added to the New Zealand National Team roster and has returned to her native country to try out for a spot on the squad that will compete at the 2012 Olympics. She is centralized in Auckland, NZ, while she prepares and trains with the team.
"It is a fantastic opportunity and privilege that these players have to represent their respective countries," head coach Ainslee Lamb said. "Their dedication, commitment and endless work ethics have contributed to providing these opportunities."
Schuster was named to the U21 team last summer after previously competing as part of the U.S. U19 squad. She will participate in the national team camp, held in Chula Vista, Calif. this winter, with the hopes of being named to the U21 squad that will travel to England in April 2012.
"I am really excited to participate in the U.S. U21 camp because opportunities like this do not come around every day," said Schuster, a 2011 All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament selection. "This camp is another step closer to my ultimate career goal, and it is an honor to represent both Boston College and the USA.
Plasteras, who turned in a strong 2011 season at BC that included five goals and two assists for 12 points, had previously played with Canada's U17, U19 and U21 teams before making the junior national team. She is one of 33 junior national squad members that have been selected to participate in a camp being held at Stanford University from Dec. 28-Jan. 4. The competitive camp is intended to begin preparing the team for the upcoming Junior World Cup Qualifier in Sept. 2012.
"I'm very fortunate to be able to play for both BC and the Canadian team," Plasteras said. "Competing for Canada is exciting and challenging, as well as an opportunity to improve. I'm looking forward to using all the skills I've learned at BC to help improve the Canadian program. It's always an extremely special and proud moment when you get to play for your country."
Coach Lamb commented how proud she was of these three Eagles, explaining that they have each received a special opportunity to represent both BC and their respective countries, while playing a sport they love.
"Aspiring to play for your country is a thrilling goal, but a lofty one," Lamb said. "So it is motivating to see Emma, Nicole and Anna rewarded for their efforts, development and performance at the collegiate level with a chance to play internationally."