Senior Continues Career with Chance to Play in Pan Am Indoor Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Less than two months after helping the Yale field hockey team to its first Ivy League championship in 31 years, senior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) is training again -- this time for her country. Rosati is one of 31 players on USA Field Hockey's 2011-12 Senior National Indoor Team roster and is preparing for the chance to play for the U.S. in the 2012 Pan American Indoor Championship.
"This is a once in a lifetime experience and I am both excited and honored to have a chance to represent my country," said Rosati.
In contrast to the outdoor game, indoor field hockey is played on a smaller field, with smaller goals, and just six players per side. Tryouts and selections for the U.S. team were completed last May, and the team trained throughout the summer. After taking a break for the college season, the team is now resuming training. A travel team of 10 will play in Scotland, Canada and New York's Big Apple International Indoor Championship in preparation for the 2012 Pan American Indoor Championship in Puerto Montt, Chile, next summer (Aug. 30-Sept. 2). The U.S. has finished second twice and third once in the three most recent championships.
The Women's Senior National Indoor Team head coach is Denise Zelenak, who was named head coach in October after serving as the Junior National Indoor Team coach. Zelenak has been the head coach at Drexel since 1995.
Rosati ended her career 10th on Yale's all-time goals list with 23, and she established career highs in both goals and points this season (9-2-20). She was named second team All-Ivy League this year and was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a sophomore. Rosati appeared in all 68 games of her career, including 63 starts.
Rosati was part of a record-breaking run by the Yale field hockey team in recent years, a run that culminated this season with the school's first Ivy title since 1980. Yale went 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the league, tying Princeton for first place to earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown. The Bulldogs went 34-17 in the last three seasons, 17-4 in the Ivy League (second place twice, first once). That is the most overall wins, and the most Ivy League wins, in a three-year span in school history.
This past year the Bulldogs also set the school records for goals (69), assists (68) and points (206). They tied the school record for wins in Ivy League play with six and reached double digits in overall wins for the third straight season -- the first time in school history that feat has been accomplished.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity