Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We are looking for Division I caliber players who are looking to excel both in the classroom and on the soccer field. Ultimately, the athletes who choose Middlebury over their D-1 offers do so for one or more of the following reasons:
1. To participate in a highly competitive program while attending a top-notch academic institution.
2. To play soccer at a nationally-competitive level.
3. Students who excel at two sports can successfully continue competing in both, while still pursuing a rigorous academic course load.
4. Students who wish to take a semester abroad can do so without missing a formal nontraditional season.
Moreover, we are looking for hard-working, competitive student-athletes with integrity and a good sense of humor. We have a team culture that emphasizes the team but celebrates individuality.
Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
The players who have exceeded expectations tend to be those who possessed some important attributes that are required at the Division I level, but missing a few other key strengths (technical but not fast, fast but not big, skilled but without vision, etc.). However, the common denominators for these players are Heart, Perseverance, and Intelligence. More than a dozen of this type of player has worked her way from role player to All-Conference, All-Region, and even All-American status. One such player spent her entire first season on the bench, only to systematically address her challenges to eventually become a two-sport All-American in soccer and lacrosse (while maintaining a 3.75 GPA with an extremely difficult course load).
Typically, these players have also loved soccer – not only playing in an organized club, but watching, coaching, officiating, and playing pick-up or just kicking around on her own.