Describe your ideal athlete.
The ideal Dickinson women’s lacrosse player is someone who possesses a high moral compass, is eager to succeed in the classroom and enjoys competing at a high level on the lacrosse field. She lives and breathes a team-first mentality and understands the importance of communication and accountability.
Describe the tradition of your program. What are some core values of your program?
Our core values include accountability, commitment, integrity, teamwork and humor. In the past two years, we have developed a tradition of winning, which we expect to continue into the future and eventually get us a Centennial Conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance.
Describe an average in-season day for a student-athlete.
Classes, strength training (2x/week), possible film/scouting report, practice 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Offer details on facilities your program uses regularly and benefits from.
We are blessed to have a state-of-the-art facility within 20 feet of our turf field. The Durden Athletic Training Center houses an athlete-only weight room, a top-of-the-line athletic training room, a conference room for hosting tailgates and watching film and a year-round locker room for our women’s lacrosse team. The DATC has been an amazing resource for our program and has allowed us to be productive and effective with our time.
Describe the positive balance between academics and athletics at Dickinson.
The reason I was so drawn to Dickinson was the fact that I’d be able to work directly with intelligent student-athletes who value a highly challenging academic environment and the opportunity to compete in one of the strongest conferences in Division III. Hard work and success in the classroom translates directly with hard work and success on the field.
Why is Carlisle, and central Pennsylvania, an outstanding place for a student-athlete to live, work and compete? Do your student-athletes study abroad?
We are lucky to be located in this geographic region. We have some of the most competitive Division III schools within an hour of campus. We do not have to travel far to compete with some of our nation’s most established programs, a vital part of our growth as a program. We truly believe in challenging ourselves outside of our already competitive Centennial Conference so that we can continue to get better.
Dickinson’s focus on global engagement is shared by our program. There is tremendous personal growth that happens when a student studies abroad, and our goal as a program is to aid in the development of the whole person—what greater complement to this philosophy than the opportunity to study abroad. Most of our juniors study abroad in their fall semester, and they do a great job documenting their journey on our DWL Abroad Blog- https://dwlabroad.wordpress.com/
Describe community service projects or other community work in which your program participates.
We are most proud of our partnership in Run for Steph, an annual 5K in honor of Stephanie Kriener ’03, a women’s lacrosse player who was killed by a drunk driver a year after graduating from Dickinson. We also volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida on our spring break training trip.
In your opinion, what does it take to thrive at Dickinson?
It takes commitment, sacrifice and adaptability. The Dickinson educational experience doesn’t just occur inside the classroom. Students must be open to learning from different people in a variety of different venues. Each of our students and faculty and staff members have something to teach one another, if we are willing to take the time to listen.
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