Dec. 21, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Coming out of high school, most Division I caliber athletes have a number of schools that they have to weigh in their mind before making a decision. Constant pro and con lists are made and long discussions with parents and friends eventually lead to a decision that shapes the rest of their lives. For women's lacrosse senior Cammie Linville, there was never a doubt where she would be playing her collegiate lacrosse.
Three generations of Cammie's family have adorned the Maroon and White in their time on College Hill, as her grandfather Wilbur was the captain of the men's soccer team in 1950. Cammie's aunt, Susan, and mother, Cindy, were captains of the field hockey and women's lacrosse squads in 1976 and 1979, respectively, while her aunt, Sally Lou, also played lacrosse and field hockey at Lafayette from 1981-84.
Cammie's father, Jud, rounds out the group, as he was a standout men's lacrosse player on College Hill and was named captain in 1979. Additionally, Cindy recently took over as the President of the Lafayette Maroon Club this past year and the rest of the Linville family continues to stay actively involved with all things Lafayette.
"Growing up, Lafayette was always the topic of conversation, as I was constantly discussing the different teams and their respective records with my grandpa," Cammie said. "Being able to share this school with so many members of my family has been a great addition to the already amazing experience I've had here. Coming from two parents who both played lacrosse here at Lafayette, it feels as if I am keeping a tradition alive."
On the field, Linville was voted as captain by her teammates for the 2013 season after starting all but one game over her last three years, narrowly missing a chance to play in the Patriot League Tournament last spring. She notched eight goals and two assists throughout the 2012 season, and was third on the team in ground balls with 29. This year's team, says Cammie, just needs to believe to take that proverbial next step.
"This year the biggest thing for us is believing that we are a talented and good team that is capable of being very successful. This is the most talent on any team I've been a part of and if we are confident enough in our play and believe that we are a good enough team to win, then we will do just that."
The midfielder from Princeton, N.J. will play a huge part in getting her team in that frame of mind this season as she was chosen captain by her teammates for the 2013 season, a decision strongly supported by head coach Alison Fisher.
"Cammie is a focused young woman who embraces a challenge as an opportunity to improve herself and setbacks as valuable learning experiences," Fisher said. "She represents integrity in how she carries herself and how she leads her peers. Our lacrosse program has grown tremendously with her influence over the past three years and, in this her senior year, I am confident that she will lead the 2013 team to our best season in recent history."
Cammie is the first 360 Oaks Leadership Academy Leader, meaning she has been a part of the program for three full years, in the history of the women's lacrosse program. Oaks Leadership Academy members are recommended by the athletic department and have the opportunity to use interactive workshops, 360-degree feedback, one-on-one coaching, peer mentoring, supplemental online training and educational resources to become effective leaders in academics, athletics and life. The academy was also named after Cammie's grandfather, Wilbur.
In addition, Cammie has also been a member of the women's lacrosse Leadership Council for the past three years. A position voted on by her teammates, it was no surprise that this captaincy was a long time coming.
"It means a lot for me to be named captain," Cammie said. "I've been on the team's leadership council since my freshman year and have always hoped that I would be in this position once I got to my senior year. I am very proud and happy to be given this position."
Although she will be the main figure among her teammates, she also realizes that the rest of her senior class, as well as an experienced group of underclassmen will prove beneficial to the success of this team late in the season. Her fellow seniors include Jessica Rothstein, Caitlin Mitchell, Ana Drehwing, Victoria Maxon, Katie Mischler, Addie Godfrey and Katie Leto.
"While I am the only captain, it is very reassuring to have such a strong senior class, filled with leadership, by my side," Cammie added. "Our class has come from an unsuccessful freshman year to finally a winning record last season and we hope to continue that success. We've been working very hard this past year and are continuing to focus on our goal of making the Patriot League Tournament. We believe that this could be a very exciting year for our program."
The Leopards open play on Feb. 16 as they take on Marist inside Fisher Stadium at 1 p.m.