Middlebury

#13 Dave Campbell
Graduation Year: 2009
Position: M
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Previous School: Holderness (N.H.)
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Major: Economics
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

I was first here to play against the JV soccer team and, therefore, had a great look at the athletic facilities. Middlebury is surrounded by mountains and rolling farmland, the athletic fields seem to go on forever, and the buildings are all of great quality. It is truly beautiful. The stadium, rink, pool, basketball courts, and weight room all seemed to be built with the purpose of encouraging top-level competition.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

Even before I arrived here I was exposed to the uniqueness of the Middlebury community. It was the summer after my high school graduation and I was playing in the Vail Lacrosse Shootout. Competing in a simultaneous men’s tournament were several Middlebury alumni teams, ranging from recent grads (Masters) to the older alumni (Grandmasters).

During some free time, I watched the Middlebury Grandmasters play. While some played with their knee braces, various bandages, and old school, Bacharach helmets, all of the alumni competed with energy, enthusiasm, and camaraderie. After the game, I made my way through the large group of families and supporters who converged around the bench and said “hi” to Coach Quinn. Without hesitation he invited my mom and me to a Middlebury event that was being held that evening.

At the gathering, hundreds of people, including alumni, their spouses and children, friends, current students, future students, and even President Emeritus McCardell, were all brought together because of Middlebury and their love for the school. I realized that there was a lot more going on in Vail than just a lacrosse tournament.

To this day, my first impression of Middlebury is repeatedly affirmed. Be it friends, teammates, classmates, professors, coaches, mentors, administrators, or alumni – people make Middlebury special. I have formed friendships and relationships for which I am grateful and that I will cherish forever.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

Nervous and excited about my first game as a Middlebury lacrosse player, I went to the locker room several hours early. I entered the empty locker room to find a pristine, white shooting shirt hanging proudly across each player’s locker. In Middlebury blue they were boldly emblazoned with the word “DARE” and accompanied with a laminated Theodore Roosevelt quote,

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Chills went down my spine and I felt like I was part of something very special.

The message was one that we embraced as a team throughout the season. Four years later, we still play with that mentality and I still arrive early.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

I have learned that Middlebury Lacrosse is not just a sport; it is a philosophy that is defined by the players and coaches, both past and present. It values the people in our lives and the opportunities that surround us. It is a philosophy that encourages teamwork, leadership, personal accountability, hard work, humility, togetherness, balance, and enthusiasm. It is the Middlebury lacrosse philosophy that encourages and inspires me in my life at Middlebury and that will help define my life once I graduate.

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