NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale field hockey alum and volunteer assistant Mary Beth Barham '13 will be a part of field hockey history Saturday night as she and the U.S. Women's National Team make their home debut in the FIH Pro League. Team USA will take on The Netherlands -- ranked No. 1 in the world -- at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.
This is the first season for the FIH Pro League, which features teams from nine countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States. The U.S. opened play Feb. 2 with a 2-2 tie vs. Argentina in Córdoba, Spain (Argentina won the shootout 3-1). The season culminates with the Grand Final at Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands June 27-30.
Barham earned a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team in November 2017, rising up from the Developmental Squad. She has extensive experience playing for the U.S. Women's National Indoor Team, including a gold-medal finish at the women's Indoor Pan American Cup in Guyana that earned the team a spot at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in 2018. Barham also helped the team win the Indoor Hockey Can American Series in March 2016 in Toronto and played in the 4 Nations Tournament in Durban, South Africa, in December 2015.
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 just finished her fourth year on the Yale staff. A native of Fairfax, Va., she is a graduate of W.T. Woodson High School and played for Capital Pegasus. She was in Jonathan Edwards College at Yale and majored in environmental studies.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity