Lauren Crandall Named to US World Cup Field Hockey Team

Aug. 28, 2006

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Wake Forest field hockey player Lauren Crandall has been selected to the 16-member team United States World Cup team that will represent the USA at next month's Samsung World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Former Demon Deacon standout Kelly Doton was also selected to the squad.

Crandall, a senior midfielder, will travel to the international tournament Sept. 23-Oct. 9 and will miss four of the Demon Deacons' games, including North Carolina on Sept. 30. This past weekend Crandall helped lead Wake Forest to a pair of victories against Iowa and Michigan, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

"It is a tremendous honor for Lauren to be participating with the United States," head coach Jennifer Averill said. "She has continued to improve over the past several years and I think she will compliment the US team extremely well. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Lauren and we wish her luck. We will follow the tournament closely and hope that the United States will come back with a top-six finish."

The selections come after the USA hosted the AstroTurf March on Madrid Four Nation Tournament featuring No. 1 ranked The Netherlands, No. 2 Argentina and No. 4 Australia. The Netherlands won the tournament followed by Argentina, Australia and the USA.

The USA will meet Argentina in the team's World Cup opener on Sept. 27 and will meet Australia in the second game on Sept. 28. The USA earned its first victory over Argentina in 16 years with a 2-1 win during the AstroTurf March on Madrid and earned a 1-1 draw with Australia during the first round of the event.



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