MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Clara Ambrose's outstanding work ethic and commitment to the game of field hockey have paid off, as she was one of 18 players to be selected for the U.S. Over-45 Women's Masters Team by USA Field Hockey on Wednesday.
Team USA will be sending five National Teams and a total of 90 athletes to the 2018 FIH Masters World Cup on July 27 – Aug. 5 at Club Egara in Terrassa, Spain, with the Over-35, Over-40, Over-45, Over-50 and Over-55 Teams looking to make some noise against top-notch competition.
Ambrose, of Westport, Conn., will look to help Team USA keep rolling in the Over-45 bracket, as the squad collected a bronze medal during the 2016 World Cup in Canberra, Australia.
The standout midfielder has dedicated a lifetime worth of attention to the game of field hockey, as she picked up the craft during her middle school years, and eventually turned into a star for the Wesleyan University field hockey program from 1989-92 under head coach Patti-Klecha Porter.
Ambrose, who graduated from Wesleyan in 1993, led the 1992 Cardinals' team to its first-ever appearance in the ECAC New England Division III Tournament, as she served as a captain and was named an All-American during the 9-6 season for Wesleyan.
The highly-motivated women also suited up for the lacrosse and squash teams during her tenure in Middletown, Conn., excelling as a two-sport captain, earning team MVP honors and being named Female Athlete of the Year.
Ambrose, A USFHA Level I Certified Coach, has instilled her desire for the sport into the next generation, working as the director for the Westport Field Hockey Youth Program. She has also been active on the Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and has helped out with Westport PAL Girls Lacrosse.