Lauren Greer
  Sr. | Forward

How did you get into Field Hockey?
I also play ice hockey and when I entered middle school that was the only type of hockey my town offered for girls to play. At the time it was just something to keep me busy in the offseason for ice hockey.  But after middle school, I continued into high school and by the end of high school I realized it had become more than just an activity to keep me in shape for my other sport. I enjoyed it too much to simply let it go.

If you could play any other position what would it be?
Because I spend so much time facing deep defenders I would say defense. I think they don’t get enough credit for what they do and how much they do. There’s something really inspiring about the player whose role may never make any kind of box score, but has the power to change an entire game. Laying down a solid and satisfying block tackle for them is just so natural (and incredibly frustrating for the offense). Even when the pressure of the game is bearing down on them they make it look easy, they wear poise well. I’d also like to be a fly on defensive corners some time, such brave (and ferocious) souls.

What has it been like playing for Middlebury?
One of the best experiences of my life. I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Before college, I never saw myself as a college field hockey player, as I was set on simply playing ice hockey. But I am so glad, and so thankful that I’ve had such a wonderful opportunity to play at Middlebury. My team is one big family of wonderful and inspiring people. I don’t think there is any day during the season when I’m not smiling playing Middlebury field hockey. We love playing together, and that’s based on a serious commitment to playing at a high intensity and to the sport itself. We don’t settle, and we’re not satisfied until we’ve put in more than our best effort. Being the competitive person that I am, it’s a great atmosphere to be a part of. But best of all, we manage a balance because we have fun playing every single day.

What would you say are the team’s strengths this season?
We have a core of experienced players returning in all three areas of the field. Our physical strength and endurance is, and has been, a strength of our team. We have a lot of speed. Our ability to generate offense is also a strength of ours, as is our defensive corner unit.

What are your goals for the season?
For my team to play every single game at 100 percent. I want us to be able to look back at each game and truly be proud of our collective efforts. We want to contend for both the NESCAC and NCAA championships. We want to make Middlebury proud.

Photos courtesy of respective school athletic departments.