Marks Makes History, Earns Spot on USWNT
LANCASTER, PA. – Former Great Dane standout Kelly Bonner-Marks (’14) has been promoted to the U.S. Women’s National Team, as announced by USA Field Hockey.
Marks makes history as the first player from the program to earn a spot on the senior squad.
Marks a defender from Elverson, Pa., was one of three athletes promoted to the U.S. Women’s National Development Squad by head coach Janneke Schopman, joining Virginia Bramley (Penn State) and Ally Hammel (Boston University).
All three athletes recently were part of the U.S. Women's National Development Squad's tour of The Netherlands in April where the team competed against Scotland's senior squad, the Belgium U-21 team and the Stichtsche Cricket en Hockeyclub (SCHC) team. They are expected to formally join the USWNT in August.
“Marks has worked extremely hard to improve her game in the last 12-18 months,” said Marc Hardy, U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Head Coach. “She has developed into a commanding defender. Kelly is calm in possession and offers a genuine threat with her short corner striking. It’s great to see her efforts and sacrifices rewarded with her call up to the USWNT.”
A two-time America East Champion, Marks finished her stellar three-year career with 32 points on 14 goals and four assists. As a senior, Marks led the Great Danes to the program’s first Final Four appearance in 2014.
Read the full USA Field Hockey Release HERE!