OXFORD, Ohio – Miami field hockey alumna Ali Froede was named to Team USA, becoming the first player in Miami field hockey program history to be named to the USA senior team. Froede will compete at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London July 21 through August 5.
“We are very happy for Ali,” said Miami field hockey head coach Iñako Puzo. “She is going to be able to represent the United States in one of the top two international competitions of the sport. Being part of the team playing in the World Cup is not just a privilege but an honor for her and for all the people that somehow have been related with her career. Ali’s accomplishment is due to her discipline, commitment and team work with everything she does. She was a great student-athlete here at Miami where she left a great legacy. I am glad she has the opportunity to prove herself into the highest level.”
Froede, a 2014 graduate, won a share of the MAC regular season title in 2012 and the MAC Tournament title in both 2012 and 2013. As a back, Froede recorded 20 career goals, six of those being game-winning goals, and 47 career points as well as five defensive saves. She is a two-time All-MAC First Team selection (2013, 2014) in addition to being named NFHCA All-West Region Second Team (2013), Academic All-MAC (2013), MAC Tournament MVP (2013) and All-MAC Tournament Team (2012). Froede was also named MAC Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions and MAC Defensive Player of the Week twice.
“Ali keeps showing progress training with the team,” said Team USA head coach Janneke Schopman. “She is a good defender who likes to attack the forwards giving them very little time. She also has a great sweep which helps us create various outlet opportunities.”
Following the conclusion of her RedHawk career, Froede joined the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2015. She has competed with the U.S. Women’s National team in nine series as well as on the international stage. In 2017, Froede took gold at the World League Semifinals, bronze at the Pan American Cup and seventh at the World League Finals in addition to fourth-place finishes at the Hawke's Bay Cup and the International Festival of Hockey.
“We will keep supporting Ali in any way we can, as we do with all our alumni,” said Puzo. “The best part of our job in athletics is to see what they accomplish after graduation. It does not matter what career they chose; on or off the field. In Ali’s case, so far it is on the field, and we hope she succeeds there for as long as she feels it is the right fit for her.”