"We are a team that works as hard as we can everyday, because we know that what we do on a Tuesday or a Wednesday any week in Pennsylvania will pay off when it comes to a big tournament." Lauren Crandall is captain of the USA women's hockey team and one of only two of her team to have played in a previous world cup. "I know that we are known for our physicality, but we now have the hockey skills to match," she added.
Although the team is relatively inexperienced, they do have some old-timers amonst them. Both Lauren and Rachel Dawson have amassed more than 200 international caps and have played in two Olympic Games and a previous World Cup. And on the coaching staff working alongside head coach Craig Parnham is Janneke Schopmann, who was a member of the gold-medal winning Netherlands team of 2006.
Team USA missed out on qualification in the 2010 World Cup, but go into this year's competition ranked 10th. The team has just won the Champions Challenge 1, qualifying for the 2016 Champions Trophy in the process. The victory in Glasgow means the USA go to The Hague on a high, having beaten fellow World Cup qualifiers Korea, South Africa and Belgium over the course of the tournament.
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