A 21 member Alvernia University Ladies Hockey team played two matches at the National Sports Center.
Alvernia coach Laura Gingrich said, “The trip is held after our regular season, and prior to our short spring season, so it's more of a team bonding, and educational tour for the team. We schedule it during our winter break, so the students do not miss classes, and it gets us out of the cold temperatures.”
For the last seven years ZAG Sports USA, based in Princeton, New Jersey, with assistance from with Grainne Richmond, who lives in Bermuda, has brought US College and High School teams to Bermuda for pre-season training.
Richmond said that on average ZAG had brought four teams every year – predominantly in January and then in August. The teams play Bermuda Federation Squads and Bermuda National Squads.
“To date it has all been women’s teams coming and it has been a great opportunity for the Bermuda players to play and gain exposure against teams and players playing different styles to those that they are used to playing here in Bermuda,” said Richmond.
Alvernia took on a Bermuda Hockey Federation team made up of expatriates and national players which Alvernia won 2-1.
They played a second game against the Bermuda Women’s National Squad which ended in a 1-1 draw.