June 5, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Providence College rising sophomore Kaleigh FitzPatrick (Dedham, Mass.) and Head Coach Diane Madl are taking part in the 2012 U.S. Field Hockey Women's National Championship as player and coach, respectively. FitzPatrick earned a spot on New England's High Performance Women's National Championship roster, while Madl is serving as an assistant coach for the squad. The Women's National Championship is currently underway in College Park, Md. at the University of Maryland (June 1-8).
As a freshman midfielder for the Friars in 2011, FitzPatrick played 17 games and appeared in the starting line-up 15 times. She tallied two goals on the season for four points. FitzPatrick is among the list of five freshmen on the squad last season to have cracked the starting line-up for the Friars.
Madl has worked with the New England/Boston High Performance Training Center since 2006, and has served as an assistant coach at the Women's National Championship four times. Since the inception of the Women's National Championship, six members of the Providence College field hockey team have earned a spot on a high performance team roster that is competing at the championship. In 2012, Madl will embark on her 10th season as head coach of the Friars.
In addition to FitzPatrick's selection to the travel team for the championship, several members of the Friar field hockey team competed on the New England High Performance Center Training Squad, including senior defender Emilie Stehly (Valley Center, Calif.), sophomore midfield/forward Steph Guglielmo (Castle Rock, Colo.), senior goalkeeper Kathi Weidman (Millersville, Pa.) and sophomore goalkeeper Deidra Clymer (South Windsor, Conn.).
Mission Statement - New England High Performance Training Center:
The mission of the High Performance program is to prepare athletes in their respective regions to compete for and make the U.S. National training squad. With the format of the National Championship Tournament, the program will truly simulate an athlete's preparation for an international competition. Our goal in the region is to provide an elite level training environment for optimal player development and ultimately success as a region at the National Championship tournament. We aspire to provide our regional athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents and have our team's success yield chances for our players to be invited to train with the national team. - GO FRIARS! -