Laura Graziosi Placed

Hockeybeurs Amerika Laura

Date of birth:
Year of grad:



Available Fall 2018




Country: The Netherlands
Height: 5'8 ft
Weight: 138 lbs 


Personal and academic information

Laura is a 17-year-old girl lives in The Hague, The Netherlands. She can be described as ambitious, energetic, loyal, kind, social, creative, smart, quick learner with great spatial insight. Besides field hockey, Laura has many other interests and talents. As a child she played the drums, participated in courses at the art academy and was a member at a (sea) sailing club. 

In addition to being a good athlete, Laura is also a very good student. She is currently in her senior year of high school at "Haags Montessori Lyceum” at the highest level (VWO). In June 2018, she is expected to graduate in the following subjects: Dutch language, English language, French Language, economics, physics, chemistry and 2 types of mathematics classes. She achieved a combined score of 1270 on her SAT and a 98 on the TOEFL test.

Laura loves the American culture and the role of college athletics. Her dream is to keep playing field hockey at the highest level while obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Athletic information

When Laura was 6 years old she started playing field hockey at one of the biggest clubs in the Netherlands, HDM. HDM is known for sports education for juniors with professional trainers. The trainers educate the players specifically on the tactics of the game and how to coach each other. 

During her junior career Laura always played in the highest teams in her age group. The past 4 years she played at the highest junior level (landelijk) in the Netherlands. 

Laura is strong technical midfielder with great tactical understanding which she uses to coach her teammates. She positions herself well, has great passing skills and often creates offensive opportunities for the strikers. In addition she is a real team player and very strong in a one-on-one duel, offensively and defensively. 

Word from her coach 

"Laura is a very coachable, hard working midfielder for our team (MA1, girls under 18). She has an excellent technique and hitting, sweeping and pushing are easy for her. With her outstanding attacking and defensive skills, she is the key link between our defensive and offense line.”

Roderick Juffermans
Coach HDM MA1 (girls under 18)