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Elizabeth Purcell

Harvard University - Lacrosse
# 17 Elizabeth Purcell
Rye, N.Y.
High School:
Convent of the Sacred Heart
House Affiliation:

Before Harvard
Earned a total of 12 varsity letters in lacrosse, basketball and field hockey at Convent of the Sacred Heart ... Captained all three teams as a senior ... Four-year starter in lacrosse ... Was team MVP as a senior and all-league as a junior and senior ... 2003 team won the Fairchester Athletic Association championship ... Also earned several all-league honors in basketball and field hockey ... A National Merit Commended Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction ... Named to Cum Laude Society and National High School Academic Squad for field hockey ... Served as Peer Leadership and Head Start volunteer
What was your major?
What athletic awards did you receive while at Sacred Heart?
Most Improved (Junior Year)
Most Accomplished (Senior Year)
Have you received any awards at your college?
None yet.
Why did you choose to play lacrosse at Harvard?
I love the sport and wanted to continue playing at the next level.
How did playing sports at Sacred Heart prepare you for playing at Harvard?I learned what it means to be committed to a team and how to manage my time well.
How was playing lacrosse at Harvard different from playing at Sacred Heart?
Playing at the collegiate level is a much greater time commitment because there are longer practices in college in addition to the conditioning and lifting sessions.  Basically, it's more intense overall.
How did being on a team help the transition from high school into college?
My team made my transition to college so easy.  I had an immediate group of friends and all the upperclassmen were there ready to help the freshmen with anything we needed.
What is your fondest memory from your athletic career at Sacred Heart?
Definitely beating Greenwich Academy in the Lacrosse FAA Championships when I was a freshman.
What did you enjoy most about Harvard?
I can't pick the one thing that I enjoy the most.
Who would win in a fight, Harvard's mascot or the Sacred Heart Tiger?
Seeing as how my college's mascot is a color, I have to say the Tiger would probable win pretty easily.
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Convent of the Sacred Heart

An independent, Catholic school for girls K-12​,​ with ​coed ​Barat Center for Early Childhood Education
1177 King Street
Greenwich, CT 06831
Telephone 203.531.6500