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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Columbia field hockey assistant coach Caroline Nichols formally announced her retirement from the USA Field Hockey National Team. Nichols recently capped her brilliant career at the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup where she helped the United States to a fourth place finish last month.

A pivotal piece of Team USA’s backfield and a two-time Olympic Games veteran, Nichols will transition away from the squad with a total of 165 impressive caps to her name. A solid force on penalty corners and penalty strokes, Nichols’ skillset was greatly utilized most recently at the 2014 Champions Challenge and Hockey World Cup where the United States made impressive finishes. Nichols is a 2007 Old Dominion University graduate and became part of the National Team that same year.

“Caroline represented the USA with incredible passion and loyalty over her tenure with the program,” Lions head coach Marybeth Freeman said. “She is one of the most accomplished USA hockey members to pass through the program and she has left her mark on the world’s stage. We couldn’t be happier for Caroline, her accomplishments and for the pivotal role she played in making the USA a strong world-class contender. We’re excited to have her back!”

“Caroline has had a terrific international career having competed on the world stage,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Her diligence to training is evident and Caroline’s career was capped by her final tournament at the World Cup in Holland during which she had an outstanding series of matches. Like many other players on the Women’s National Team, Caroline will have inspired many younger players to take up the game. As Caroline moves on to a new phase in her life, we wish her every success.”

“I will forever miss wearing the red, white and blue and representing my country as a player, but look forward to supporting and cheering for Team USA at every possible opportunity,” said Nichols.