Krissy Nesburg enters national spotlight



Some people just will not settle.

After being named 2002 ECAC Field Hockey Tournament Most Valuable Player, goalkeeper on the 2002 U.S. Field Hockey Under-23 team, and 2002 First Team All-Ivy, Krissy Nesburg ’04 probably could have rested her gloves for a minute.

Instead, Nesburg was named to the U.S. Field Hockey Under-23 team for the second year in a row, selected as the team’s goalkeeper after enduring four days of intensive tryouts at the U.S. Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 14 to Feb. 17.

Nesburg was a driving force in the Yale field hockey team’s breathtaking seven-game winning streak that brought them from a 2-6 start to a berth in the ECAC tournament, which they won on Nov. 17. Recording a stunning 142 saves, Nesburg, known as “Spike” to her teammates, finished 14th in the country with a .793 save percentage.

Nesburg said she was thrilled to be named to the U-23 team again.

“I’m definitely excited and honored to be named to the U-23 team,” Nesburg said. “It’s a great opportunity to improve, travel, and play field hockey at the next level.”

The U-23 team will travel around the country and the world, playing in tournaments and training with the U.S. Senior National Field Hockey Team, which will play in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Last Spring, Nesburg represented the U.S. in the Pan American Indoor Tournament as goalkeeper for the 2002 U-23 team. There are only two goalkeeper spots on the team.

Nesburg said that of all her field hockey-related activities, the Yale team was the most important.

“As far as my priorities go, Yale field hockey, my teammates and my coaches definitely come first before any other team,” Nesburg said. “If anything, I want to use my time on the U-23 team to improve for the fall next year at Yale.”

Nesburg was an alternate for the 2001 Under-21 team. She was goalkeeper for the United Airlines Field Hockey League’s Midwest Cyclones in summer of 2001. And she was second team Mideast Regional All-American in 2002.

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