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Golden game from honorary graduate helps England top Euros

Honorary graduate Alex Danson

A PENALTY shootout win inspired by University of Chichester honorary graduate Alex Danson has seen England women top the EuroHockey Championships for the first time in 14 years.

The forward, who was awarded an honorary master’s degree in 2014, helped the national team - playing in all red - to a comeback win against the Netherlands last weekend.

It was the England’s first major tournament victory since suffering heartbreak in the final against Germany two years ago.

In a hard-fought contest, the Dutch side struck first with forward Cala van Maasakker scoring two penalty corners in the third corner.

The England comeback came with just ten minutes of open play left, as Sophie Bray scored from a penalty, and Lily Owsley shot in the equaliser three minutes later.

With both teams drawing at the full-time whistle, the game was decided by a shootout which saw England’s Helen Richardson-Walsh score first, before goalkeeper Maddie Hinch saved the first Dutch effort.

Honorary graduate Alex Danson emphatically made it 2-0, before Sophie Bray extended the lead to 3-1, helping England claim European glory.

Speaking on Twitter, Ms Danson, who was awarded player of the tournament after the match, said: “European Champions.....thank you @EnglandHockey for the most incredible week #dreamsdocometrue.”

To find out more about the game click here or, alternatively, for more about Alex Danson and how she has previously acted as a student mentor at the University of Chichester click here.

Honorary graduate Alex Danson