Virginia Alumnae Win Pan-Am Gold with USA Field Hockey
July 25, 2015
ChARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia field hockey alumnae Paige Selenski (2012) and Michelle Vittese (2012) won gold medals on Friday night (July 24) at the 2015 Pan American Games being held in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team defended their 2011 Pan American Games Gold Championship Title by defeating Argentina, the No. 3 team in the world rankings, 2-1. With this win at the continental qualifier, Team USA earned a direct invitation to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
“In a game like, this against a great team like Argentina, they’re going to have moments where they control the match,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach Craig Parnham. “It’s important for us to stay disciplined and part of the game is defending. I think we did a great job with that tonight. It shows a great deal of mental resilience, belief and toughness. It’s very pleasing to see the team continue to do all of this while under pressure.”
Selenski and Vittese were members of the U.S. National Team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, México as well as competing at the 2012 London Olympics. Selenski and Vittese have each earned over 125 international caps.