Former University of Maryland field hockey players Megan Fraser and Lucy Godfrey will play for the United States in the FIH Masters World Cup in Rotterdam, Netherlands, which begins next week. It's the first time the U.S. has entered teams in the Masters tournament since 1998.
The 52-year-old Godfrey, originally from Bel Air, will be the goalie for the United States' over-50 team. There are also tournaments for the 40+, 45+, 55+, and 60+ age groups.
“It’s [been] a whirlwind,” said Godfrey, who now lives Stewartstown, Pa. “I still have to pinch myself.”
Godfrey has tried to stay as involved with field hockey as possible since playing at Maryland from 1981-83, both working as an official and at one point coaching an Olympic developmental team.
Because coaching and officiating are so time consuming, Godfrey has opted to solely umpire in recent years. However, when she heard about tryouts for the World Cup team at American University, she thought she might as well give it a shot.
“[Field hockey is] just so much fun,” she said. “I love to play, I love the game, and I like to get out their with a bunch of women who are like-minded.”
Fraser, who is in her 17th season as head coach of Johns Hopkins' field hockey team, will participate in the United States' over 40 team. During her career as a Terp, Fraser made it two national championship games, winning one in 1993.
After graduating in 1996, she joined the Johns Hopkins coaching staff. She became the programs' winningest coach (199 wins) and was named Division-III coach of the year in 1999.
"I am equally excited and honored to be representing the USA at the Masters World Cup," Fraser said in a story posted in Hopkins' athletics website. "I want to thank my administration at Johns Hopkins, my assistant coaches and all of the talented student-athletes that have represented out program. Each has inspired me to pursue this opportunity at the Masters level."
Godfrey said she’s especially excited that the tournament takes place in Netherlands, which she describes as a “[field] hockey wonderland.”
Godfrey and the 50+ team will play their first game against Ireland on Thursday while Fraser and the women’s 40+ team will make their debut against Russia the next day.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun