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After redshirting her first season on campus, junior Claire Dougherty has been a fixture in the Cal lineup. She finished the 2010 campaign with seven goals, among the team leaders. The forward was twice selected as the NorPac Offensive Player of the Week during the 2010 season.
Before coming to Cal, she participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program for three years. She and Cal teammate Jessica Kreck helped lead her Archbishop Middy High School team to back-to-back co-Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships in 2005 and 2006.
Claire is from Santa Clara, Calif., and her birthday is on New Year's Eve (Dec. 31, 1989). She is Media Studies major at Cal.
Here are some other things you may not know about Claire Dougherty:
Places in the world you want to travel: Thailand or Greece
Places in the world you have traveled: Ireland, London, Spain, Canada, Mexico
Favorite part of practice and game days: Pregame warmup, jammin' to my music before and after practices
Secret food cravings: I have a big sweet tooth so any desserts, mostly ice cream
Favorite type of cookie: Chocolate chip
Favorite movie from the past year: Bridesmaids
Your life's theme song: "Pump up the Jam" by Technotronic
Best moment from a road trip last season: The season before last, we overloaded the elevator with over half the team and it sunk, went from the lobby to the garage floor below. We were stuck for a while until rescued by one of the hotel managers
Favorite sport other than field hockey: Basketball
Place in the world you would like to help: Haiti
Person you look up to and always wanted to meet: Beyonce
Reason you picked my jersey number: I chose three because I'm the youngest of three. I have an older brother and sister.
Number of miles you are from home: 50
Age when you first played field hockey: 13
What you love most about Cal: Being so close to family, they always come out to our games to support us
What you love most about living in the Bay Area: Being near San Francisco. It is so easy to go to SF and catch a Giants game on the weekends