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Vizzuso Starts, USA Field Hockey Takes Silver

Aug. 5, 1999

WINNIPEG, Canada - Cavalier All-American Michelle Vizzuso (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) started in today's gold medal match in the Pan Am Games, but the USA fell to the defending champs Argentina 5-2, taking the silver for the tournament.

The USA jumped on top early as Cindy Werley took a Kate Barber pass to the cage two minutes into the game, the first time that the Argentinians were down in the entire tournament. The defending champions stormed back, however, scoring twice in the half, including a stroke with 22 seconds remaining before the half. But the Americans showed that they were determined to win, and captain Tracey Fuchs flicked the ball downfield and Carla Tagliente slammed it in the net as time expired to send the teams to halftime tied 2-2.

Although the momentum seemed to favor the Americans, the second half was all Argentina, as the team scored three unanswered goals to take the gold. Argentina thus automatically qualifies for the Sydney Olympics, joining host and defending World and Olympic Champion Australia and Asian Games champion Korea.

The USA will travel to England in March of 2000 to try to qualify for the games at the tournament there. The Olympic field will expand to 10 teams in 2000.




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