March 13, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio – Former Ohio University field hockey standout Torrie Albini competed at the World League Round Two March 4-10 and helped lead Team USA to a first-place finish at the event in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil.
Albini played in all five matches in the competition and recorded two goals during her time on the field. She posted a goal in matches over Scotland and Trinidad & Tobago.
Albini has now recorded 35 caps and posted 11 goals during her four-year international career.
“We played in a few games where it was 130 degrees in Brazil,” Albini said. “That completely alters the game at that level, because your decision making is extremely affected.”
“It was a lot of fun to play under those conditions because you had to be aware mentally. It was a challenge that none of us had ever experienced before.”
The United States team returns to action with a trip to New Zealand in April before competing in World League Round 3 in June against some of the world’s best teams.
“Torrie has really invested herself in developing her game post-Ohio,” Ohio Head Coach Neil Macmillan said. “She’s spent a lot of time improving her talents that were solid at the college level into an international-caliber skill set. She understood what she needed to develop and has taken it upon herself to become a well-rounded player.”
A three-time All-MAC selection during her time at Ohio, Albini still ranks second in career goals at Ohio with 49 and fourth in career assists at 24. She also sits atop the season assists record, which she tied in 2007 with 14.
A two-time NFHCA All-West Region Second Team selection, she ranks fourth for goals in a season with 20 and second for points in a season with 54, both of which she set in 2007. Albini closed her career with 122 points, placing her second on Ohio's all-time list.
Albini is enjoying her international career and will train over the next three years to reach her ultimate goal – a trip to the 2016 Olympics.
“I’ve put a lot of things on hold and have made a lot of sacrifices to get where I am,” Albini said. “Female athletes don’t peak in field hockey until their late 20s. I think my best hockey is still down the road.”
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