Nov. 17, 2008

HANOVER, N.H. ­ Dartmouth field hockey teammates Virginia Peisch (Koenigstein, Germany) and Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) will be representing the United States in the 2008 Indoor Pan-American Cup from San Juan, Argentina, beginning on Wednesday.

Both Peisch and Hood are two of 24 players that will be competing for the United States. Joining the U.S. are Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. The teams will start with a round robin format during the first three days, then the top four teams from the pool play will move on to the semifinals on Saturday.  
The gold medal game and the consolation game will be played on Sunday.

The two Dartmouth athletes will also be writing about their experiences down in South America and their blog will be available at DartmouthSports.com.

Peisch enters the games after being named a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection as a midfielder. She broke the Dartmouth single season assist record with 16, surpassing Lauren Scopaz, who tallied 14 in 1998. She also led the Ivy League with those 16 helpers and was a two-time member of the Ivy League honor roll.  
She posted seven multi-point games, including a three-point effort against Penn.  
Four of her seven multi-point games came against Ivy opponents and she has played in every game for the Big Green in her two years.

Hood was a dominant player for the Big Green all season long and earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors. She led the team in most offensive categories, including goals (9), points (20), shots (77) and shots on goal (48). Hood was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection and was sixth in the conference in goals and goals per game. She posted six multi-point games, which included a six-point effort against Bryant on Oct. 22 and a four-point outburst in the 3-2 win over New Hampshire on Oct. 8.