PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers field hockey will be well represented in the U.S. Field Hockey Summer League with head coach Liz Tchou, rising senior Jennifer Noon (Shaverton, PA) and rising junior Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA) each playing in the league.
Tchou, who will begin her first season with the Scarlet Knights in 2003, returns to the four-time league champion Southern Charm after playing with the team in 2002. Tchou joined Rutgers after a seven-year stint at Duke University, leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2002. A 10-year member of the U.S. National Team, Tchou was a part of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1996 and a standout player at the University of Iowa (1984-87).
Noon, a 2003 captain and forward, was one of three players to have started in all 19 games for RU in 2002, scoring one goal and dishing one assist last season. This is her first year involved in the summer league program, playing for the Philadelphia Fury.
Klebez, a back, led RU in defensive saves with nine in 2002, the second-highest in RU history. She is fifth on the career list for defensive saves (nine), and was one of three players to start all 19 games last season. Klebez will serve as an alternate on the Metro Rush in her first year with the summer league.
Designed to give a large number of elite-level athletes the opportunity to play against high-caliber competition, the summer league provides athletes with highly-competitive playing opportunities in order to create a consistent, high level of performance for U.S. teams at the Olympic and Pan American Games. The U.S. Field Hockey Summer League features seven franchise teams from regions in the East and Midwest. League teams play a double round-robin schedule, beginning on May 31, culminating in the semifinals and championship game. The Summer League serves as a selection opportunity to US Field Hockey’s A-Camp & B-Camp. For more information on the summer league, go to www.usfieldhockey.com.