July 11th, 2012
Women’s Field Hockey Aims to End Olympic Drought: Claire Laubach (’09), Michelle Kasold (’09), and Lauren Crandall (’07), three former Wake Forest University field hockey players, head to London later this month with the U.S. women’s national field hockey team to compete in the Olympics.
Below is an excerpt from an NPR story on the U.S. field hockey team’s training and preparation for the event:
Laubach says that while training with the Navy SEALs wasn’t necessarily fun, it provided a sense of unity.
“It’s just interesting to see how everyone deals with the stress that they’re under,” she says. “You will see some people rise to it, and some people will fall to it. But you will see the people who rise to it don’t just go on without the other teammate, they help them along. I think it is interesting to see the dynamics that come out of it.”
Laubach and Kasold are both graduates of Wake Forest University. So, too, is the captain of the team, Lauren Crandall. That gives the small private school in Winston-Salem, N.C., more ties to the 16-woman team than any other school.
Wake Forest coach Jen Averill calls her former players’ accomplishments “ridiculous — it’s just unbelievable pride.”
When Crandall, Laubach and Kasold played for Averill at Wake Forest, they won three Division I national titles. Now they’re taking aim at an Olympic medal — a goal the American team hasn’t reached since 1984, three years before Kasold was born.
“I think about each day individually, but visualize what it would be like,” Kasold says. “I see us standing on the podium because I know that we’re good enough, we’re capable of doing it. So I see it as the final product, the end, the goal.”