"Katie's recent selection to the National Indoor Team is evidence of her athleticism and hockey versatility, high performing technical skills and tactical understanding,” Columbia head field hockey coach Marybeth Freeman said. “Her past game experiences enable her to lead by example and with her instinctual finishing ability, adding her to the team's attack will be tremendous."
Selections were conducted on March 17 in Featerville, Pa., at the largest indoor open tryout in history. The 34 players selected to the senior squad will represent the United States in the 2012 Pan Am Championships, which will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Puerto Montt, Chile.
”The tryout was very a competitive event, with a large group of athletes showcasing their indoor talents,” USA Women’s National Indoor head coach Denise Zelenak said. “We are excited about the high quality of players selected and look forward to seeing them perform on the international stage.”
Prior to joining the Columbia field hockey coaching staff in 2010, Grant was a three-time All-American at Duke University. She played in the NCAA tournament all four of her years with the Blue Devils and made three appearances in the National Championship. In addition to her All-American accolades, Grant was also the 2005 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, the 2002 ACC Rookie of the Year, a two-time all conference selection and a three-time NCAA All-Tournament Team pick. She holds Duke’s record with 223 career points and 61 career assists.
Grant has represented her country many times before as she was a member of the USA National Under-16, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 teams. She also played for the Junior National Teams and has competed internationally in the Netherlands, Chile, Puerto Rico and Spain.
The Columbia field hockey team is coming off a strong 2011 season. The Lions went 9-8 and tied for third in the Ivy League, going 5-2 in conference play to tie for the best league mark in program history. The Lions also had a program-best six All-Ivy League selections in first team selections Gabby Kozlowski (unanimous), Leti Freaney and Christie O'Hara, second teamers Carson Christus and Katie DeSandis and honorable mention Paige Simmons.