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Lakeland Grad Gonzalez Chases Olympic Dream In Field Hockey

U.S. Olympic field hockey player and Lakeland graduate Melissa Gonzalez, left, works with a field hockey player during the Stars and Stripes Field Hockey clinic at the House of Sports.
U.S. Olympic field hockey player and Lakeland graduate Melissa Gonzalez, left, works with a field hockey player during the Stars and Stripes Field Hockey clinic at the House of Sports. Photo Credit: Tony Pinciaro

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- U.S. Olympic field hockey player and Lakeland High School graduate Melissa Gonzalez is featured in "Chasing the Dream" on TeamUSA.org .

Gonzalez is "an aspiring sunscreen model" known for such facial applications as American flags, an "underground beat boxer" who sings on a moment's notice and someone with "high work ethic standards," said TeamUSA.org.

The article describes her as "charming," "magnetic" and someone who "is all business on the pitch," while funny with "quick banter" when not on the hockey field.

Gonzales guided Lakeland High School to a four-year record of 82-5-2, including two state championships, the report said.

At the University of Connecticut, she was the 2010 NFHCA All-America first team, NFHCA Mideast Region Player of the Year and was "back-to-back titleholder of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year," as well as a finalist in the Honda Sports Award, according to TeamUSA.org.

Read the Team USA report here.

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