Hockey double threat

The Baltimore Sun

Sara Naguib, a senior at C. Milton Wright, was born in Egypt and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3 years old.

Her family arrived in Doylestown, Pa., before moving to Ithaca, N.Y., where she began playing ice hockey in a girls program.

Naguib, who started playing field hockey in middle school, is a midfielder and two-year starter for C.M. Wright's field hockey team, scoring the goal in the team's 2-1 double-overtime loss to Fallston this season.

Naguib also plays defense for the Susquehanna Rapids girls ice hockey travel team. Naguib practices with the Rapids twice a week year-round - one practice is in Bel Air while the other is in York, Pa.

They have games from September to March in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. She is trying to decide where to go to college next year and would like to play at least one of the two sports as a collegian.

What do you remember of Egypt?

Not much, really. We go there every summer, but I really don't remember everyday life there. I was born in Cairo. I'm an American and an Egyptian citizen.

How is field hockey like ice hockey?

Some aspects of the game are the same, like the passing and shooting. Some of the plays are different, though. Field hockey is not as physical as ice hockey. I definitely like ice hockey better because it's more physical and I can be more aggressive, and it's faster.

Is it difficult to go through the grind of ice hockey and field hockey practices and games?

It is. I have to give up so much of my social life for hockey and field hockey. It is kind of hard for me to balance my life like that. I just have to organize my time very well to get in the homework around the practices. But it's definitely worth it. It's been fun for me.

What do you like about field hockey?

I like the set-up of the game, how it's like a supportive system. The players on the field, you pass a lot, you're so supportive of each other.

How good is your team this year and what are the strong points?

We're definitely better this year, and we're expecting to make it to the state finals, and we would like to win the state finals. Definitely, our defense is strong and really helpful when defending our goal. Our offensive passing skills and the way we support each other and back each other up is good.

What has been your favorite moment for playing field hockey at C.M. Wright?

Going into overtime with Fallston both years. We lost in double overtime both years, but just because we stuck with them the whole game and it showed we can stay with them, and it boosted our confidence.

Are you going to play field hockey or ice hockey in college?

I'll try to [play one of them] depending on where I go. ... But I'll probably play club.

What would you like to study in college?

I want to study medicine and become a doctor. I'm not sure what kind, but I'm leaning toward dermatology. My Dad does that, as well as family medicine. If I could go into practice with my father, that would be nice.

What's in your iPod?

Mostly rap and anything that gets me pumped up. I like Kanye West, and "Stronger" is my favorite song now.

What's your favorite TV show?

I like The Amazing Race, and I love the Discovery Channel. I like shows that make me think.

If there is one person you could meet and spend an hour with, who would that be?

Anderson Cooper of CNN. He's a great reporter and fun to watch.

What's it like to go back to Egypt?

It's really fun because I get to see my cousins, who are my age. We go to Cairo because that's where my family is. I'm still learning the language, but I'm getting better at Arabic. We go to the beach and we go to cities, and it's a lot of fun. Last summer, we stayed a month, but we usually only stay like two weeks.

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