Ritual Sponsored player Lora Clarke in action.

Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH    Position: Forward/Mid

Stick: Ritual Velocity 95

College: University of Michigan    Schedule

Instagram: @loraclarkee


UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HIGHLIGHTS

2023
Big10 Preseason Players to watch List
All-Big10 first team
Big10 All-Tournament Team
Selected for NFHCA Senior Team
West Region First Team
Fall 2023 Academic All-Big Ten
NFHCA Third Team All-American
Played in and started all 17 games
Ended the year with 18 SOG, 3 goals, 9 assist and 15 points

2022
Academic All-Big Ten
Offensive Player of the Week Big Ten (Oct 17)
Led the Wolverines with career-high 25 points, 11 goals, and three assists
Scored at least once in each game in a five-game-stretch
Netted a pair against rival No.18 Ohio State and assisted on the third goal in the 3-1 win
Earned another pair in the 7-0 shutout over Ball State

2021
Appeared in all 21 games, starting 14 at forward
Finished third among the Wolverines with 14 points, posting five goals and four assists
Scored a pair of first-half goals vs Albany
Scored an early first -quarter goal in 3-2 win against #1 Iowa in Big Ten Tournament semifinals
Recorded a career-high four shots vs Michigan State
Posted two assists, including the game-winner with :02 remaining, in Michigans win over Miami (Ohio) in NCAA first round

2020
Appeared in all 18 games, starting 15 at forward
Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after scoring the game-winnging goal late in the third quarter at #11 Maryland and assisting the game-winner vs. the Terps the next day
Tallied Michigan’s first and game-winning goal early in the second quarter against Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final
Converted on shootout attempts in Michigan’s win against #10 Rutgers and #3 Louisville in the NCAA semifinals
Made collegiate debut in season opener against Indiana

 

BEFORE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HIGHLIGHTS

Played with the Field Hockey Life Club (2016-2020)
Claimed two regional club championships (2018, 2019); two-time National Indoor Field Hockey Tournament pool champions (2018, 2019)
Named to the NFHCA Midwest All-Region Team 2019
Northeast Ohio Field Hockey Player of the Year 2019; four time all league first team
Three-time All-Ohio selection (2017, 2018, 2019)
Two-time Shaker Heights MVP (2018, 2019)
Two-time Shaker Heights Offensive Player of the Year (2016, 2017)
Contributed to two Ohio team state runner-up finishes (2016, 2019)
Posted 99 career goals and 45 assists
Also played ice hockey and lacrosse
Named the 2020 receipent of Shaker Height’s Lucille M. Burkett Award
NFHCA High School National Academic Squad (2018, 2019); US Lacrosse All-Academic (2019)
Academic All-Ohio (2017-2019)

 

 PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

What stick do you play with and why did you choose it?
Currently and for the past 4 years I have played with the Ritual Velocity 95 2019 model. I chose this stick due to the ability it gives me to do 3D skills, as well as the power it possesses when hitting.


What grip is on your stick and why did you choose it?
For the longest time I had the original grip on my stick, then I switched to the Karakal Pu Super Grip from Longstreth because they had the color pink and I wanted to support Breast Cancer. I now use a chamois though because these grips do a great job at absorbing sweat and water, while allowing me to excel on the field.


How long have you been playing field hockey?
I have been playing competitively since 7th grade!


Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I always put my right hocsocx on, then left, then right shin guard, then left, then right sock, left sock, right shoe, then left shoe. It is so weird and I honestly have no idea why I do it, but I noticed it 2-years ago and now it is routine.


What's your go-to pre-game hairstyle?
Although this changes frequently, I love a classic bun, because then my hair is less knotty post-game.


What's your go-to pre-game meal?
My go-to pre-game meal is dependent on what they feed us, but my favorite is when we have breakfast from Produce Station!


Favorite pump up songs to listen to before a game?
Imma Be by the Black Eyed Peas


Describe your playing style in 3 words
Competitive, Strong, Crafty


What do you like to do when not playing field hockey?
I love hanging out with my roommates and watching movies with them and making homemade popcorn!


What's your favorite motivational quote?
“Hard Work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”


If you could give your younger field hockey self a piece of advice, what would it be?
If I could give myself any field hockey related advice it would be to not worry about the future, but instead to embrace every moment with every person I meet, while working my hardest because in the grand scheme of things everything works out and happens for a reason.


What is your favorite field hockey memory?
Definitely winning B1G Tens my freshman year because winning on that kind of stage for the first time is so incredibly surreal.

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