NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Five Bulldogs -- including Yale field hockey alums Anne Lehman Dillman '93, Anne Keating '77, Lorraine Pratte Lewis '78 and Georganne Nattress '85 along with Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey -- are on the U.S. rosters for the upcoming FIH Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain. The event, which starts Friday, features men's and women's teams of players age 35 and older representing their home countries. Dillman and Stuper will play for the U.S. Over 45 team, while Keating, Lewis and Nattress will play for the U.S. Over 55 team.
The U.S. Over 45 team is in Pool B at the Masters World Cup, alongside Argentina, England, Russia, Spain and Wales. The team starts play on Saturday against Russia. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals on Aug. 3, with the final on Aug. 5.
The U.S. Over 55 team is in Pool B at the Masters World Cup, alongside Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. The team starts play on Saturday against Wales. Crossover Pool play takes place Aug. 2-4, with the final on Aug. 5.
This is the third time that Dillman, Keating and Nattress have been selected for the World Cup, as they also played in 2014 in the Netherlands and in 2016 in Australia. Stuper also played in 2014. In 2016, Keating and Nattress earned bronze as part of the U.S. Over 45 team, while Dillman was part of a fifth-place finish for the U.S. Over 40 team. The bronze medal represented the best finish to date for USA Masters teams.
Dillman, a native of Holtwood, Pa., captained the Bulldogs in 1992. She earned the Ivy League Player of the Year Award that year after scoring eight goals and adding 10 assists. She led Yale in scoring from 1990 through 1992, finishing her career with 87 points (third on Yale's all-time list). Her 34 career goals place her sixth on Yale's all-time list, and she is also tied for ninth in assists (19). She received Yale's Nellie Pratt Elliot Award as the top female student-athlete in 1993. Her daughter, Théodora Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.), is part of Yale field hockey's incoming class.
Keating, a forward, is originally from Rye, N.Y., and now lives in New York City. She was a three-sport athlete at Yale, earning nine varsity letters (four in field hockey, three in basketball and two in lacrosse). She captained the field hockey team in 1976, and received the Nellie Pratt Elliot Award as the top female student-athlete her senior year -- the first year that award was given. She was one of five recipients of Yale's George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award in 2007.
Keating was a member of the USA Field Hockey Squad from 1977-1980 and was on the Olympic Training Squad in 1979-1980. She was also on the US Lacrosse Team in 1977-1978, choosing in 1978 to focus on field hockey since it had been named an Olympic sport.
Lewis is of Worthington, Ohio, and now lives in Bethesda, Md. A goalie, she was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs. In her senior season (1977) she captained the team, playing all 18 games and registering eight shutouts. She allowed 1.2 goals per game. Lewis was selected as team MVP as a junior and senior and attended the U.S. Developmental Camp in the summers of 1977 and 1978. She played on the first Yale women's varsity lacrosse team in 1976, and played again in 1978. She has served as the president of the Yale Field Hockey Association for the last six years.
Nattress, originally from Milmont Park, Pa., captained the Bulldogs in 1984. She played both midfield and back in her career, earning the team's most improved player award in 1982 and best defensive player in 1983 -- when Yale allowed just 22 goals in 14 games and shut out nationally ranked New Hampshire. She attended U.S. Developmental Camps from 1980 to 1984 and was a second team All-Ivy League selection in 1984. After Yale, she competed on club teams at the U.S. National Field Hockey Festival for more than 20 years, and was selected for the Hounslow Hockey Club Ladies First Team in the UK from 1995-96 while on an international work assignment for IBM.
Stuper is entering her 14th season as Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. She is a member of the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame, won three national championships playing for Old Dominion and coached Yale to an Ivy League championship in 2011.
Stuper was on the U.S. National Team for nine years. She participated in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998), one Pan American Games (1995) and two Champion's Trophy Tournaments (1995, 1997). She also was an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. She earned a silver medal in the 1995 Pan American Games and a bronze in the 1994 World Cup.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity