From the moment the U.S. women's field hockey team earned an Olympic berth with a stunning upset of Argentina in the Pan American Games last year, coach Lee Bodimeade has worried his team would pay for it here.
The powerhouse Argentine team had not lost a single game in the Pan-Am Games in the previous 25 years. To lose to the United States — a squad that had never beaten them in major competition — was considered a humiliation by both the Argentine players and their rabid fan base.
"We've probably smacked the hornets' nest by beating them," Bodimeade said at the beginning of the Olympic tournament.
Those fears, to nearly everyone's surprise, did...