DURHAM, N.C. – Duke field hockey assistant coach Jarred Martin is set to play in a series of matches for the U.S. senior men’s national field hockey squad this coming week as the team prepares for the upcoming 2011 Pan American Games.
From December 8-22, the team will play five games – four against host-team Argentina and one versus Chile - at the Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (CeMARD) training complex in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“We’re really looking forward to playing against our South American competitors,” U.S. head coach Nick Conway said. “For our national team players, it’s more great [international] exposure as we build towards our Pan American Games push.”
The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the summer Olympics, features competitors from all nations in the Americas. The 2011 games will be set in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 13-30. The field hockey competition begins October 16 and will culminate with the medal finals on October 25-26. The games were last held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007, where the U.S. men took seventh place.
Martin, who is in his third year with the Duke field hockey program, has been a member of the U.S. men’s national team since 2000 after also competing for the under-18 and under-21 national squads. One of the team leaders in goals and caps, he has represented the United States in two Pan America Games (most recently in Brazil in 2007), an Olympic qualifier, a World Cup qualifier and three Pan American Cups.