GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Franklin & Marshall men's soccer player Alex Grassi is representing the United States as a member of the USA Men's Junior Field Hockey team at the 2012 Pan American Championships. Grassi is one of 27 members of the USA Men's Junior squad competing from Sept. 10-23 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Grassi and the USA team currently sit atop Pool C at 2-0 with wins over Venezuela (5-1) and Barbados (5-4). The USA men's junior team is one of 13 field hockey squads vying for two automatic qualifying bids into the 2013 FIH Men's Junior World Cup.
Team USA will wrap up Pool C play today against Chile. Elimination play will begin on Sept. 17.
A three-year starter on defense, Grassi has been away from the team for the early portion of the 2012 campaign, but the Diplomats look forward to his return to the squad. He tallied three goals and one assist while appearing in 18 contests a season ago.