June 12, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - A quintet of Ohio University field hockey alumnae took part in the inaugural Harrow Cup post-collegiate tournament this past weekend in Philadelphia, Pa.
The two-day tournament at Temple University brought together some of the top American field hockey talent for a unique and ground-breaking event for the sport.
Participating alumnae included Taylor Brown (Vipers), Nikki Gnozzio (Vipers), Cathryn Altdoerffer (Dynasty), Laura Mastro (Ninjas) and Brooke Edwards (Ninjas).
In addition, Ohio assistant coach Pam Spuehler serves as team captain for the Ninjas and selected her team during the Harrow Cup Draft in March.
"We had a great time supporting each other," Spuehler said. "When we weren't playing we were watching each other's games."
The weekend included a Friday night social, before each team played two matches on Saturday and Sunday.
Brown and Gnozzio helped lead the Vipers to a bronze medal and were the top finishers among Ohio's group of alumnae. The Mambas captured the inaugural Harrow Cup title.
"The level of hockey played was much higher than I think people expected," Spuehler said. "There was a high tempo of play and a lot of scoring. We're hoping to expand and make it more regional in the future so teams can practice leading up to the event. That will help the tournament grow in the years to come."