Former Ohio State field hockey stand-outs to represent Trinidad and Tobago
COLUMBUS, Ohio Yesenia Luces, who just concluded her career with the Ohio State field hockey team, and former Buckeye teammate Curlyne Wynn have been selected to compete with the Trinidad and Tobago women’s team in the inaugural Caribbean Hockey Cup, Nov. 7-11. Trinidad and Tobago is hosting the event, which features competition with both men’s and women’s field hockey teams.
The Caribbean Hockey Cup begins Wednesday with Trinidad and Tobago opening against Jamaica in the round-robin series. The team will then face Guyana Thursday and Barbados Saturday before starting championship playoffs Sunday. The event is being held at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua.
Luces wrapped up her time with the Ohio State field hockey team Nov. 1 with a 3-0 loss to Penn State in the first round of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, which the Buckeyes hosted at North Turf Field. Later that day, the native of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, became the first Buckeye to earn back-to-back Big Ten player of the year awards from the conference when she was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
Luces concluded her senior season with 27 points and 11 goals to lead the Buckeyes in both categories and she tied for the team lead in assists with five. At the end of the regular season, she ranked fifth overall in the conference in both points and goals.
Along with her player of the year honors, Luces was a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and the Ohio State winner of the Sportsmanship Award. It was the third-consecutive season she has been selected to the first team and is the fourth Buckeye to earn the award three times. She also was a unanimous pick to the first team in 2006. Luces has earned NFHCA All-America honors twice, with a first team selection as a sophomore and a second team nod as a junior.
Wynn, from Trincity, Trinidad and Tobago, concluded her career as a Buckeye in 2006 and that season earned her fourth NFHCA First Team All-West Region honor. She is the only Buckeye in program history to be named to the first team all four seasons of her career. She also was a three-time First Team All-Big Ten award-winner.