Athletes of the Week

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Cadence Peckham: Soccer

Major: Horn performance

Hometown: Walnut Creek, Calif.

1) What are your favorite memories of your LU soccer career?

Winning the conference tournament last year and coach’s happy dance.

2) How do you balance all of your activities?

Using a planner like it’s my job, planning ahead and being on the go. Always. Oh, and winning.

3) What has being a part of LU soccer meant to you over the last three years?

Lots of endorphins. No but really, soccer has made a world of difference in my LU experience. Constantly pushing and being pushed by my teammates, soccer has provided me with the means to test my physical limits, exercising devotion, time and energy in return for something genuinely rewarding — mutual trust and respect in a family with a common goal.

4) What are your plans for after graduation? Any soccer?

My plans right after graduation? I hope to be a collegiate development consultant for Delta Gamma Fraternity. Maybe I’ll play some pick-up at the universities I visit. And then some horn duets.

Stephen Exarhos: Soccer

Major: Physics

Hometown: Richland, Wash.

1) What are your favorite memories of your LU soccer career?

My favorite game was probably the big victory over St. Norbert last year. It was our first time beating them in a long time, and it was great to have a huge traveling fan contingent. On top of that, we beat them in their brand new stadium to clinch a spot in the tournament. A lot of my fondest memories come from spending time with the guys off the field though.

2) As a captain, how do you motivate your team to succeed?

Well, I’m not the greatest at motivational speeches, to which I’m sure the rest of the team will attest. I try to lead by how I play, or I suppose, how hard I work. It also doesn’t hurt — the rest of the team at least — to get back on the field with a gaping hole in your lip.

3) What has being a part of LU soccer meant to you the last four years?

It has definitely been one of the biggest factors in making my Lawrence career a good one. First off, it feeds my insatiable need for competition. It also gives me an excuse to get out of Youngchild for a few hours every day.

4) What are your plans for after graduation? Any soccer?

At this point I’m looking for a physics research job for maybe a year or two; then, if I need it, I’ll work towards getting a higher degree. Of course there will always be soccer; I’ll keep trying to play at the highest level I can, but I think we all know in about five years I’ll be that keg on legs in the co-ed rec league that cherry-picks in front of the goal for the entire game.

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