With the Lady Flames field hockey squad traveling to Pennsylvania on Sunday, LibertyFlames.com turns its attention to this week's player spotlight, Ashlee Krulock.
Krulock is a senior forward hailing from Hummelstown, Pa. Krulock currently ranks second on the team in goals (6) and points (14). The senior forward ranks among the top 5 in three major categories in program history, including goals (29), assists (16) and points (74).
Who introduced you to field hockey? Krulock: My mom is the person that introduced me to field hockey. She played in high school and college and shared her love for the sport with me.
Tell me about your family. What do your parents, or guardians, do? How many brothers or sisters do you have and what do they do? Krulock: My dad is self-employed, my mom is an elementary health and P.E. teacher (funny enough she was my P.E. teacher when I was in elementary school). My sister is Lynsi, 26. She is currently studying music business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. My brother Johnny, 23, is a Liberty grad. He is currently working at the Vista School in Hershey, Pa., helping adults with autism find job opportunities.
If you weren't playing field hockey which sport would you enjoy playing? Krulock: I have always had a love for basketball. I enjoyed playing basketball for a lot of my childhood, whether it was at an organized practice or in the driveway with my family. I would love to be a basketball coach in the future.
Tell us your recruiting story on how you got to Liberty. Krulock: During high school I had the goal of wanting to play Division I field hockey, but had no idea where. I knew of a few people who had gone to Liberty and I had heard tremendous things about it. When I heard they had a program I was very interested to check it out. After my visit, I knew this university was truly special and like no other. The decision to choose Liberty was a very obvious one and I feel so blessed that this is the place God has brought me.
If you could get away from field hockey for a little bit, what would you enjoy doing? Krulock: When I am not playing field hockey, I love spending time with friends and family. If it's shopping, riding bikes, or enjoying a meal, those are the moments in life I really enjoy!
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy about that? Krulock: I am studying kinesiology, which means I am wanting to become a health and physical education teacher. What I enjoy most about my field of study is the people I am surrounded with. I have been blessed to be able to go to class every day and spend time with about 20 great friends. Our major has become like a family and it makes the school days a lot of fun.
Who were your heroes growing up, and who did you emulate in the backyard or playground? Krulock: While growing up and being very into basketball, I thought Lisa Leslie was awesome. My mom would take us to the WNBA All-Star Game and I thought she was awesome! I wanted to be as good at basketball as she was. I just never realized I was never going to be over 6 feet tall.
Having lost three of the last four contests to Top 20 opponents, what is the mentality of the team moving forward? Krulock: As we are moving on with the season, the mentality of the team is to learn as much as we can from those losses. Losing for us doesn't mean we hang our heads. To us, it means taking steps toward improving on all the weaknesses we may have seen from those games. Our team is not afraid of hard work and I know that every girl on the team is learning from prior games and using it as preparation for the next.
The team takes to the road for six of the next seven contests, how difficult is it to play away from home for such a long stretch of the season? Krulock: I think that playing away can be seen as a blessing. I get to spend even more uninterrupted time with my best friends, and learn even more about them. I love getting to room with a new girl on the team, I love watching tons of chick flicks on the bus and I love when we have dance performances. These are all things that bring us even closer, that I would not get to experience if we did not have these away weekends.
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