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United Sports Collegiate Scholar-Athlete: Swarthmore College’s Phalen

Saturday, 1st May 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  

By Bridget Letukas, Posted 5/1/10

Last Saturday, the Swarthmore College men’s lacrosse team lost by

Swarthmore College's Anthony Phalen

a mere goal to its top rival, Haverford College, in the final game of the season.

For Garnet senior midfielder Anthony Phalen, who led a young Garnet team through some rough waters in 2010, a win over the Ford would have taken the edge off what was somewhat of a rocky season.

But Phalen managed to see the silver lining in a season that ended with Swarthmore going 4-9 overall and 1-7 in the Centennial Conference.

“We had a tough season,” said Phalen, the United Sports Collegiate Scholar-Athlete of the Week. “But we’re very passionate about lacrosse. We work extremely hard, and it’s very evident that we’re focused. We have great practices.”

Phalen, a Political Science major who last year earned CC All-Academic selection, has a long list of extracurricular activities to keep him busy.

As a scholar-athlete, the Needham, Mass., native has managed to maintain a 3.78 GPA. In addition to his major, he has minored in both Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as Spanish.

During the fall of his junior year, he traveled abroad to Spain, Ireland, and Portugal. In addition, he has volunteered helping developmentally challenged children in the Swarthmore area learn the sport of soccer.

And the list continues. Phalen is also a member of the Social Affairs Committee, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, and the campus’ Large-Scale Events Committee.

Also, he and his fraternity are preparing for the MS Walk in Philadelphia this weekend.

What’s more, Phalen will head to Law School next fall.

Phalen credits his parents for his drive. “They’re pretty incredible,” he said. “They have given me a lot of motivation.”

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