USA Field Hockey Preview: US Look For 3rd Medal In Olympic History

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 24: The United States women's field hockey team practice during a training session ahead of the London Olympic Games at at Riverbank Arena on July 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The U.S. Olympic women's field hockey will look to earn its third medal in Olympic history as they get set to participate in the 2012 London Olympic games.

The tenth ranked women's team will try to get out of a tough Group B, which starts on July 29. The U.S. will take on South Africa, World Champion Argentina, 2004 Olympic gold medalists Germany, and 2000 Olympic gold medalists Australia.

The U.S. will have to rely on defender Lauren Crandall and goalie Amy Swensen to keep the high powered offenses while hoping that Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith-Puzo can provide enough firepower to get through Group B.

If they are able to make it through, they'll most likely have to face defending Olympic champions in The Netherlands or silver medalists China in medal play.

The gold medal match is set for August 10.

The men's field hockey team failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

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