The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The seventh student-athlete selected for the year is women's soccer player Maggie Croft.
Croft has been an important part of the WildCats recent run of success. She has played on the wing, helping in the attack as well as getting back on defense. The senior captain and the rest of the WildCats have won four of their past five games as they prepare for the end of the season and the ODAC tournament.
You've been a key player for the WildCats your entire career. How are you and the rest of the team getting ready for the final run-in of the season and how did the three-game win streak help the team out?
The team has come a long way since the beginning of ODAC play. We have begun to take every game as an individual challenge and can't look ahead until that challenge is complete. Narrowing our focus to what is presented right in front of us has helped us drastically over the last few games, especially over the R-MC game. The three game win streak helped us gain back a lot of missing confidence - it's difficult to see and understand how well you're doing when there are no "W's" on the write-ups. The win-streak was physical proof that our hard work had been paying off.
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I've gained an incredible amount of patience and respect for teammates and the coaching staff... it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and dedication to accomplish the challenges this program has faced. These four years have not been easy nor always pleasing - but every single year there has been improvement and new accomplishments that wouldn't be possible without the entire team and without all the games (good and bad) that we've played. This year especially, soccer was fun for me again, and it was my coaches that pointed out how important that truly is to recognize while playing.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
I love all of my professors, ranging from ones I have had for "that one gen-ed freshman year" to my advisor, Carolyn Sarson, who has been helping me since I thought about majoring in Sports and Exercise Studies.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
It has taught me that balance is key. You can't spend too much time fretting about classes or exams - and if you do, that's what you have soccer for: an escape from the chaos.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
I want to pursue Personal Training and Nutrition and being a part of RCWS has helped me with working with larger groups of people as well as becoming more flexible with how issues are approached and addressed. My major has also prepared me for working one-on-one with potential clients and also becoming more creative with workouts.