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Freshman Lara Kruggel has already earned two NorPac honors, garnering Newcomer of the Week for the NorPac West twice this season. In her first 15 games as a Golden Bear, Lara has scored seven goals and had seven assists.
Lara grew up in Berlin, Germany, where she played three times for the German national championship. Her teams also advanced twice to the European Championships where her club advanced to the championship match both times (2006, 2008). She was twice was named the best player at the European Championships.
Here are some things you may not know about Lara Kruggel:
Place in the world you want to travel: Africa, Maldives, Cuba
Places in the world you have traveled: Malaysia, Cambodia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, England
If you were to write a movie, what would it be about? I don't know, but it will have a happy ending
What would your super hero name be? The Germenator
Weird fact not many people know about you: My feet look like they are from a duck
As an athlete, the item that best represents you is: My hair. Teammates always make fun of me and say I look like Bam Bam
Favorite part of practice and game days: Playing a full game
Secret food cravings: Cinnamon. No matter where I eat, everything contains cinnamon
Favorite types of cookies: Cinnamon, white chocolate, peanut butter
Favorite movie from the past year: The Notebook
All-time favorite movie: Mary Poppins
What would you do first if you were president? I would fight for more freedom and rights for women especially women from countries in the Middle East
Favorite sport other than field hockey: Tennis
Dangerous thing you would do if there were no risks: I would try to fly with giant leaves on my arms
Place in the world you would like to help: Cambodia
Person you look up to and always wanted to meet: Jesus
Your secret addiction: Coffee and cinnamon
Reason you picked your jersey number: It was the number I had when I was younger, too.
Number of miles you are from home: I don't know, but I am from Germany
Age when you first played field hockey: Four
How would you describe your game when you first started playing? I watched more my hair and skirt than the game
Your teammates say you are: A foreign diva
What do you love most about Cal: My team
What you love most about living in the Bay Area: That all my teammates live next door