Field Hockey's Stoner Named Under-23 US Team Alternate

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State College, Pa., January 9, 2002 - Penn State sophomore Neilye Stoner (Manheim, Pa./Hempfield) was named an alternate to the Under-23 U.S. Team which was recently announced by the U.S. Field Hockey Association following team trials at A Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.

Stoner was one of 84 of the nation's top collegiate and high school athletes invited to a week-long tryout at A Camp. Athletes earned invitations to A Camp through performances on U.S. Field Hockey programs such as 2001 junior teams, B Camp and the United Airlines Field Hockey League, as well as selection during the National Field Hockey Festival.

Stoner earned first team All-Big Ten honors and was also named first team NFHCA All-Mideast Region for the first time in her career. She also garnered Big Ten Player of the Week honors after registering three defensive saves in the 3-2 double-overtime loss to Michigan State.

This past season, Stoner helped the Nittany Lions to a 12-7 overall record while starting every game at midfield. She led the team with five defensive saves and recorded four goals, an assist for nine points.

The Under-23 squad will represent the U.S. at the Pan American Hockey Federation Indoor Championship in March where the team will look to secure a berth in the Field Hockey Indoor World Cup.

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