Former Syracuse Orange field hockey captain Alyssa Manley made yet another addition to her long list of accomplishments. On Sunday, the SU grad helped the United States National Team to a Bronze medal at the Hockey Champions Trophy in London.
The U.S. clinched the bronze Sunday, beating Australia in a shootout in the third place game. On Saturday against New Zealand, Manley played midfield and made a major defensive stop in a late one-on-one situation. The 1-1 draw would ultimately move the team along to the aforementioned medal game. It's the second straight year she's won a medal with the National Team. This past summer, she helped the U.S. qualify for this year's summer Olympics, and is currently vying for a spot in Rio.
Due to Sunday's game, Manley was unable to attend the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award Presentation, which she was a contender for, on Monday. Manley was one of 12 Honda Award winners were in the pool for the CWAOTY award, which ultimately went to UConn women's basketball player Breanna Stewart.
While she didn't take home that prize, there's still (clearly) plenty for Manley to be proud of. This past season, she helped lead the Orange field hockey team to its first ever national championship, scoring four goals and contributing seven assists from midfield. She collected ACC Player of the Year honors, and was First-Team All-America.
Congrats on your year of accomplishments, Alyssa. Hope to see you in Rio!