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United Sports Collegiate Scholar-Athlete: Haverford’s Proops eyes medical school, playoffs

Monday, 5th April 2010

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  

By Bridget Letukas, Posted 4/5/10

Haverford College's Nora Proops

When asked to describe this year’s Haverford College women’s lacrosse squad, Nora Proops uses the word, “eclectic.”

With her own diverse experiences, it’s no surprise the senior captain and United Sports Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week feels right at home with The Fords.

Proops, a Biology major who plans to go to medical school in two years, had the unique experience of living in Bangladesh. It was there that Proops, who spent her junior and senior year of high school overseas, decided to pursue medicine.

“That experience opened my eyes,” said Proops, a midfielder from New York City who last year earned Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll selection.

While Proops intends to go to medical school, she will, in the meantime, head to Germany with the hopes of studying for a Master’s degree in molecular medicine for the next two years.

For now, however, Proops (eight goals this year) is content to enjoy being part of a progressively successful lacrosse program that has improved with each season of her career. Last year Haverford College was 10-6 after going 5-11 the year before.

“We definitely work really hard,” she said of her team, which consists of a roster sporting a mere 17 players, but is off to a 9-1 start (2-1 in the Centennial Conference). “And we have a lot of personality.”

One aspect of that personality is the team’s willingness to be part of a multitude of community service projects, including a day of service at Villanova working with Special Olympics, visiting a local retirement home, and raising money to help find a cure for the genetic disease, Rett Syndrome, by participating in a charity tournament in early March.

Proops hopes the Fords’ multi-faceted nature, as well as their stamina, will help them reach their ultimate goal of earning a bid to the Centennial Conference playoffs this year.

“We’re small, but tough.”

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