Aug. 12, 2008
Center Valley, Pa. - Lafayette assistant coach Amy Tran had a solid effort in goal as the United States field hockey team played a higher-ranked opponent to a draw for the second game in a row on Tuesday in Beijing.
Tran made a handful of saves to help her teammates erase a 1-0 deficit and hang on for a 1-1 tie against No. 5-ranked Japan. She came up with a pair of saves shortly after the United States tied the game on Katie Barber's goal in the 58th minute.
With Tran in goal, the United States, ranked No. 11 in the world, has now played two of the top five teams in the world to draws in the first two games of Olympic field hockey pool play. The Americans have two points in Pool B with three games to play, and will face defending Olympic champion Germany on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. (Eastern).
Bucknell graduate J.R. Holden also played his second game of pool play for the Russian men's basketball team on Tuesday. Holden played a team-high 38 minutes and scored five points as Russia fell to Croatia, 85-78. Russia falls to 1-1 in Group A, and will next face Lithuania at Thursday at 4:45 a.m. (Eastern).
Army's Stewart Glenister, who just completed his freshman year at West Point, will have his Olympic experience on Thursday when he represents American Samoa as he competes in the men's 50-meter freestyle swimming event.
For more information on this year's olympians, as well as past Patriot League participants and updates and information on the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, visit the Patriot League Olympians page under the special features section on the League website or click here.