Samantha Herron is the focus of our third Alumni Profile this week. She is studying early childhood education with a minor in special education at Chestnut Hill College. Here is our conversation.
What factors helped you choose Chestnut Hill College? Chestnut Hill is a very small school which meant small class sizes and strong relationships with professors. The campus is absolutely beautiful and I knew I had a chance to make an immediate impact on the lacrosse team there.
Most memorable moment from CHS athletic career? My whole entire senior year was definitely the most memorable at CHS. In the fall, we made a run late in the season and won the South Jersey group 2 championship in soccer. In the winter, we won our division and ended the season 21-5 in basketball. In the spring, we beat Holy Cross in the first round of the playoffs (after losing to them twice in the regular season), which was the first time we had beat them in lacrosse in 11 years. Watching the boys baseball team win the state championship was also extremely memorable.
Favorite movie? Love and Basketball
Favorite song? I can’t pick a favorite, but I like country music a lot.
Favorite class so far in college? My favorite class so far would probably be my field experience I and II. I got to observe a lot of excellent teachers and get involved in the classroom a lot this past year.
Favorite post-game snack or meal? I love post-game meals at chipotle with my team on the road.
Favorite class at CHS? My favorite classes were Forensics with Mrs. Alvarado and History with Mr. McGhee. Both were outstanding teachers.
Who first got you interested in playing lacrosse? I started playing lacrosse in middle school just because there wasn’t a softball team and I ended up liking it a lot. The person who kept my interest in lacrosse especially when I got to high school was definitely my high school coach, Laura Curran. I truly believe I would not be playing lacrosse in college without her.
What is your favorite part of the sport? I love the pace of lacrosse and how constant hustle and tireless work can make the biggest difference in any given game no matter how skilled a team is.
What advice can you give seniors wanting to continue their careers in college? Skill-wise, I would advise any seniors planning on continuing their careers in college to become comfortable with using both your right and left hand. Other advice I have is there are a ton of lacrosse programs out there and if you look hard enough you will find one that will make you so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play at the next level.
What part of your game has improved the most since playing in college? My knowledge of the game and fitness has improved the most since playing in college.
Was it difficult to adjust to the college game? The college game is definitely an adjustment. I went from a midfielder in high school to a low attacker and had to learn my role on the field but I did adjust fairly quickly with the help of my coaches.
Is there any one thing in particular you learned on the fields at CHS that helped you in the early part of your collegiate career? The fields at CHS have made me into the person I am today. I truly treasure all of the memories involving my coaches and teammates throughout high school. Also, learning how to manage my time really helped me. Playing three sports all four years definitely allowed me to get a good grasp of time management, which has helped me tremendously in college.
Image courtesy of Samantha Herron