June 19, 2008

BU Alum Makes US Indoor Field Hockey Team

BLOOMSBURG-- For Bloomsburg University field hockey standout Leah Conte has been selected as a member of the United States National Indoor Field Hockey team.

Conte, a 2001 graduate of Bloomsburg, was one of 24 players selected to the team after going through an open trial on April 6th in Feasterville, Pa.

Indoor field hockey is a fast paced/skilled game playing on a court the size of a basketball court. Unlike the outdoor game, it is six on six which includes a goalkeeper and there are many more opportunities to score due to the fast pace and court size.

Conte is excited about the chance to represent the United States.

"I am so excited to have the opportunity to represent the United States playing a sport I am extremely passionate about," said Conte. "Our ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. We will have training weekends once a month to prepare for the Pan Am games this November in Argentina."

"I was very fortunate to have played for someone like Jan Hutchinson during my college days," Conte added. "Many college athletes are burned out after four years of competing at such a high level, but I attribute the passion I have for the sport and desire to continue playing to the positive experience that Jan provided for me at Bloomsburg. Not only is she an incredible role model for all of her athletes, she has become a great friend to me as well."

At Bloomsburg Conte, a defender, was a two-time All-American earning first team honors in 2000 and second team honors in 1999. She was also a two-time first team All-PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) selection and finished her career six goals and nine assists. During her career Bloomsburg compiled a record of 76-7, won two PSAC titles, and captured three consecutive Division II national championships from 1997-1999. Conte was also selected to start in the 2000 NFHCA Division II North/South Senior All-Star Game.

After graduation from Bloomsburg Conte moved on to Ithaca College for graduate school, then was an assistant coach at the University of Mary Washington for three years. She has been teaching and coaching at South County Secondary School in Fairfax County, VA for three years. She started the field hockey program at South County three years ago and in 2007 made it to the Great 8 of their region finishing with a record of 12-6-2.