LANCASTER, Pa. – Following four days of training and practice sessions that included 67 athletes, Yale field hockey alum and assistant coach Mary Beth Barham '13 has been named to the U.S. Women's National Development Squad. USA Field Hockey announced the 17 players selected to the squad on June 21, after the conclusion of National Camp and the Young Women's National Championship in Lancaster, Pa.
The Development Squad, which U.S. Women's National Team head coach Janneke Schopman has referred to as a "Shadow National Team", is designed to nurture the talent of athletes who are not on the National Team but are also over the age limit for the Under-21 Women's National Team. Per the USA Field Hockey website, "This coming year, the U.S. Women's National Development Squad will continue to work on developing the players' skills, vision and tactical understanding. This will hopefully give players the opportunity to play overseas and gain some international experience which is extremely important as athletes look to progress to the USWNT."
Barham has extensive experience playing for the U.S. Women's National Indoor Team, including helping the team win the Indoor Hockey Can American Series in March 2016 in Toronto. She also played in the 4 Nations Tournament in Durban, South Africa, in December 2015, helping the U.S. advance to the bronze medal game before falling to No. 8 Australia.
When the U.S. announced the Developmental Squad in January, Barham was not one of the 16 athletes selected but was offered the chance to earn a spot on the squad at the first training camp in March. She was initially added to the squad based on her performance at that training camp, and earned a spot again in June.
"Over just a few months, there has already been a lot of growth individually and as a team," said Barham. "I am excited and very grateful that I have the opportunity to continue competing, learning and working toward my goals."
Barham experienced plenty of success during her playing career at Yale, including an Ivy League title in her junior season (2011). In her senior season Barham was chosen second team All-Mideast Region by the NFHCA and was a first team All-Ivy League honoree. She also was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior Game and received a pair of Yale team honors: the Player of the Year Award and the Coaches Award, given to the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale.
Barham is entering her third year as an assistant coach at Yale. A native of Fairfax, Va., she is a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School. She was in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale and majored in environmental studies.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity