|Hometown:||Mohegan Lake, N.Y.|
U.S. Olympian Melissa Gonzalez joined the Yale field hockey staff for the 2012 season. Gonzalez, a former All-American at UConn, has been with the U.S. National Team since 2010.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs Gonzalez competed for the U.S. at the London Olympics, where she played in all six games and helped the U.S. to a 1-0 upset of No. 2 Argentina in group play. She also won a gold medal with the U.S. at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011. That same year she won a silver medal with the U.S. at the Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland.
Gonzalez was a three-time All-American at UConn (first team twice, third team once), earning NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year and Big East Defensive Player of the Year (for the second time) as a senior. She was a four-time All-Region pick (first team three times, second team once) and a four-time All-Big East selection (first team three times, second team once). She also made the Big East All-Tournament team three times.
Gonzalez captained the Huskies as a senior in 2010 and was a finalist for the Honda Sports Award that year. She also captained the team in 2009. UConn made the NCAA Tournament all four years that Gonzalez was there, advancing as far as the national semifinal (2007). The Huskies went 19-5 in Big East play during her tenure, earning four conference championships.
A 2011 UConn graduate with a B.S. in coaching and administration (kinesiology), Gonzalez has coached at multiple camps and spent the spring of 2011 as a volunteer with UConn. In 2010 and 2011 she took part in community service through Friends of Jaclyn, an organization that pairs athletic teams with children with brain tumors to serve as a support group.
Prior to making the U.S. National Team, Gonzalez played for the U.S. Junior National Team from 2007 through 2009. She earned a gold medal at the Junior Pan American Games in 2008.
Gonzalez was born in Peekskill, N.Y., and grew up in Mohegan Lake, N.Y. She attended Lakeland High School, where she captained the field hockey and lacrosse teams.
updated Oct. 10, 2012