Questions and Answers: Vicky DiNatale '14
Women’s Soccer, 2010-2013
Two-time NSCAA Division III All-America Selection
Applied Exercise Science Major
What does it mean to be a student-athlete at Springfield College?
Being a student-athlete has provided us with an amazing opportunity. Not only are we receiving an excellent education, but we are also playing for a great athletic program established by the school. As student-athletes we have our own culture that we share, and that is supported by the rest of the student body, faculty, and staff.
What has been your most memorable/impactful experience as a student-athlete?
Each season has had so many memorable and impactful experiences, it is hard to just pick one. I would say, though, that the experience that stands out the most for me would be beating Wheaton College with penalty kicks in the 2012 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship final.
What opportunities have been presented to you because you are a student-athlete that may not be afforded other students?
I’ve the opportunity to not only establish relationships within my team but to also meet other athletes and form relationships with them. Being a student-athlete also presents me with the opportunity to develop my leadership and communication skills and apply my teamwork strategies.
What does it mean to you to compete against some of the top teams in the region? In the country?
Competing against some of the top teams in the region and country gives me an incredible feeling. It definitely makes you a better athlete overall because you realize the speed and skill at which you need to play in order to compete against such talented opponents. It gives me a certain drive to work harder.
How has being a student-athlete at Springfield College made an impact on you as a person?
It has taught me the definition of dedication, determination, time management, and leadership. However, most importantly, it has taught me to be proud of the school I represent and to hold myself to a certain level of respect, no matter what I am doing.
If you have had the opportunity to compete in the NCAA championship tournament, describe what that experience was like and meant to you?
Since I have played soccer for Springfield College, my team has made it to the NCAA tournament three years in a row. It is a remarkable feeling once you are there to compete against teams that you most likely will never get the chance to play again. It is a goal we have every year to make it back to the NCAA tournament and to improve our previous performances.