Jennifer Zuniga and Johana Vazquez Staff Writers
Here at Eastern, there are many clubs, activities, or organizations that students can participate in. One of the most popular student activities is sports. To be able to take part in the school’s sports team, you would have to be recruited by the coach or try out. Additionally, to the school’s sports team we have club sports that any student can join such as rugby, the competitive cheerleading squad, football, and ice hockey. Being a student-athlete requires a lot of time, work, and effort. They have to take care of their bodies by exercising, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water. As well as practice each day. They do this not only to represent our school but for the love that they have for the sport. We decided to recognize some of our student-athletics who work hard representing Eastern. We asked them how long they have played, what got them playing the sport, what their favorite memory was on game day if they have ever received any medals/recognition in their sport, and any traditions that they have before a game.
Margaret Montague is a sophomore criminology and sociology major and her sport is rugby. When asked about her sport, she said “This is my second year playing rugby in college. I also played a little in high school. My brother coaches rugby and he told me about the rugby club at Eastern. I tried it and I haven’t left since. My favorite memory was when we played against Plymouth State; it was fun and really muddy. It was our last game of this season and we were just playing to play. I was named Player of the Match, which is the highest recognition for the club, at the Plymouth game. As a new tradition, we started doing a chant before games this year.”
Nina Musco is a Sophomore and an earth science major and her sport is also rugby. She opened up about her love of the sport “This is my first year playing rugby and I love it. I played powderpuff in high school which is a big tradition in my town of Wallingford. Since I loved powderpuff, Rugby was the closest thing to it here and so I joined the club. My favorite memory playing rugby here was when we played against Salve Regina University. It was the last game of the season last year and we played on a field next to the harbor. After the game, we all jumped into the water even though it was freezing. Our coach jumped head first in the water and it was hilarious. I’ve been named Player of the Match once.”
Sharon Lopez is a Junior communication major and her sport is also rugby. Sharon talks about how she got into the sport. “I’ve played rugby for two years and two seasons now. I’m from the South, so I never knew about rugby until coming here. I would always joke with my roommate about joining the team. One day my roommate came up to me and told me she had signed me up without my knowing. My favorite memory at a game day was watching my roommate score a “try,” which is like the touchdown of rugby. As the smallest on our team, she worked so hard for it. As for me, I’ve been named Player of the Match before. A teammate and I have tried doing a handshake as a tradition. Incidentally, the day we did our handshake for the first time, I ended up getting a metal plate in my leg and had to get stitches.”
Alexander Parkos is a Junior finance major and plays first and third base for the baseball team. He talks about growing up with the sport. “Baseball has been a part of my life for eighteen years. I started playing T-ball when I was three. I’ve tried playing all sports, but baseball was the one that stuck. As a college athlete, my favorite memory was as a freshman, and it was our LAC championship game. Eastern won and I received MVP of the tournament. Other than being named MVP, I’ve been a part of a team that has won twice all-conference and three times all-region. Like most baseball players, I’m very superstitious. If I do good in the previous game, I’ll try to eat or do whatever I did before that game again. If I do bad, I’ll change what I did.”