With the Liberty field hockey team preparing for a match at No. 14 Old Dominion on Friday, LibertyFlames.com spotlights Rachel Suter in its field hockey focus series.
Suter is a junior defender from Millersville, Pa. She has three goals and five assists in her career with the Liberty Flames. This season, Suter has started in all eight games for Liberty and has two assists to her credit.
The junior is majoring in family and consumer science.
What do you feel you and your team did well in the wins over Quinnipiac and William & Mary this past weekend? Suter: One thing I felt the team did really well in our victories over Quinnipiac and William & Mary was that we worked really well as a team. We made some really good changes from the Longwood game, and I feel like we are definitely taking steps in the right direction as one body.
Is your hometown of Millersville, Pa. well-known for something in particular? Suter: My hometown is known for Turkey Hill Dairy iced tea and ice cream. My dad actually works for the company as a distribution supervisor. In the bigger picture of Lancaster County, we are known for the Amish and the Pennsylvania Dutch.
What has been your favorite road trip with the field hockey team and why? Suter: My favorite road trip with the team would probably be the Villanova trip. We did a lot of fun activities as a team, and I got to see a lot of my family after the game.
What is your favorite spot on Liberty's campus to take in the views of Lynchburg and the surrounding area? Suter: I do not really have one particular spot that I would say is my favorite on campus, but I will say that the sunsets never disappoint. Snowflex is a great place to catch these views.
What does it mean to you to have support from Liberty field hockey parents and fans at both home and away matches? Suter: The support the team gets from our fans is incredible. We always have supporters no matter where we are playing, and it is awesome to see familiar faces in the stands. Coach is always talking about having a 12th man in the stands, and our fans definitely help carry us throughout the entire game.
How has your faith grown at Liberty in ways that it did not in high school? Suter: My faith has grown tremendously since coming Liberty in 2014. Being around so many people who are dedicated to growing with the Lord is so encouraging in my own walk, and they are always pushing me to be better. I think that is one way that my high school lacked versus being at college.
What has it been like playing on the back line this year with Serena Barr and Mallory Fortenbaugh? Suter: Playing on the back line with Serena and Mal has been awesome. We play so well off of each other, and I feel that we are all constantly learning and getting better by pushing one another day in and day out at practice.
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