BU at the 2012 London Olympic Games Preview: Field Hockey

GO TERRIERS Junior Ella Gunson will join the Terriers for the upcoming 2012 season
Junior Ella Gunson will join the Terriers for the upcoming 2012 season

July 25, 2012

During the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games on July 27 - August 12, GoTerriers.com will feature a regularly updated blog following the Terriers who will be competing. Fans can expect schedule listings, updated links to watch the competitions, result recaps etc... For the first time ever, NBC will be featuring ALL of the events live online for fans to follow the action. 

Leading up to Friday's Opening Day ceremony, there will be a preview posted each day on the four sports featuring BU athletes: Men's BasketballWomen's Basketball, Men's Rowing and Field Hockey. There will also be a look back at BU's participation in previous Olympic Games. 

New Zealand: Team Website | Roster | Gunson's Bio

Field Hockey: NBC Olympics | London Olympics Website

Articles: Black Sticks primed to punch above weight | Attack-minded Black Sticks hold genuine medal hopes

Twitter Updates: @BUAthletics | @BlackSticks | @L2012Hockey

Marking Boston University's first-ever field hockey Olympian, incoming junior Ella Gunson from Massey University will represent New Zealand in London. A native of Whangarei, New Zealand, Gunson is an accomplished player with 77 international caps for the Black Sticks.

A midfielder, she is a veteran of seven international tournaments, having played for championship teams at the 2009 and 2011 Oceania Cups and the 2009 Champions Challenge Tournament. Her team captured the silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the bronze at the 2011 Champions Trophy. In 2010, she played in both the World Cup and the Junior World Cup and also competed at the 2010 Champions Trophy.

Gunson began playing for her national program in 2005 with the U16 team, was named to the U18 team in 2006, and then was selected to the Junior Black Sticks in 2007. She played for Northland in the National Hockey League and was officially named to the 16-person Olympic squad back on June 15. 

Automatically qualifying for the Olympics by winning the 2011 Oceania Cup against Australia in a best two-of-three series, New Zealand is one of 12 teams competing in London. The Black Sticks will be placed in Group B with five other squads. The top two will advance to the semifinals.

Currently sitting at No. 6 in the world rankings, New Zealand finished sixth in 1984, 2000 and 2004. They took 12th last time around in Beijing.

During their pre-Olympic run earlier in July at the Four Nations tournament, the Black Sticks earned a win over Belgium (4-2) and South Africa (1-0) before falling to No. 3 Germany, 5-1.

Schedule (All times Eastern)
Sunday, July 29: vs. Australia, 3:20 a.m. (Watch Live)
Tuesday, July 31: vs. South Africa, 5:45 a.m. (Watch Live
Thursday, Aug. 2: vs. Argentina, 4:15 p.m. (Watch Live
Saturday, Aug. 4: vs. United States, 2:00 p.m. (Watch Live
Monday, Aug. 6: vs. Germany, 3:30 a.m. (Watch Live
Wednesday, Aug. 8: Semifinals 
Friday, Aug. 10: Bronze/Gold Final

BU has two other connections to the Olympics. A 2011 All-America Third Team honoree, Jacinda McLeod's uncle won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics for New Zealand, while her father competed during the 1980s. 

Tiffany Snow served as an assistant coach for the Terriers from 2003-2007 and represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics.



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