March 19, 2013
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ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University assistant field hockey coach Pam Spuehler has been selected as one of eight captains for the inaugural Harrow Cup, a post-collegiate field hockey championship to be played June 8-9 in Philadelphia, Pa.
As a captain, Spuehler will be in charge of drafting her team of 18 players, appointing a team coordinator and selecting a head coach as necessary. The draft will take place this Wednesday, with a pool of more than 300 former NCAA field hockey student-athletes from which to choose.
"I'm very excited and honored to be selected as captain," Spuehler said. "Having a diverse group of former players coming together will be a lot of fun and a great challenge. I think it's great to see field hockey played outside of the college level, which is a step in the right direction for the United States."
The pool of players in the draft includes some the most prominent field hockey student-athletes in Ohio University history, including Cathryn Altdoerffer, Taylor Brown, Brooke Edwards, Nikki Gnozzio, Laura Mastro and Rita Murphy.
"When you look at the number of registered Ohio University athletes, we're right up there with the ACC schools and other prominent programs in the sport," Spuehler said. "It's excellent to see and exciting for our program."
One of the most decorated players in Boston University field hockey history, Spuehler was a three-time All-American for the Terriers and the first four-time all-conference selection. As a senior, she was nominated for the Honda Award, given annually to the top collegiate field hockey player in the country.
The first four-time America East All-Conference honoree in program history, Spuehler was named the recipient of the 2008 Mildred Barnes Award, signifying the top female athlete at BU. She helped the Terriers claim three straight conference titles and was twice named the Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship (2006, 2007
Spuehler was one of four collegiate players invited to play with the USA B Team for its matches against Japan and Canada in March 2008 in San Diego. She was also a key member of the New England HPC squad that captured its first-ever title at the National Championship in 2007.
Spuhehler also has played professionally for Labrador Hockey Club in Queensland, Australia and Tus Lichterfelde Hockey Club in Berlin, Germany.
After a spending time on the National Developmental Squad, Spuehler was named to the USA National Team in 2011.
"It's a great honor to be recognized as a player who is seen as a leader and one capable of taking a talented team into competition," Ohio head coach Neil Macmillan said. "Having just played on the U.S. National Team, Pam brings a lot of credibility and a strong skill set to her captaincy."