Name: Meredith Newman
Occupation: Head women's lacrosse coach at Beloit College
Hometown/residence: I grew up in Charlottesville, VA. As of last week I am a Beloit resident!
How would you explain lacrosse to someone who has never played it? Women’s lacrosse, wlax or lax for short, is a fast-paced, dynamic game played on a field slightly larger than that of football, with 11 field players and one goal keeper per side. The object of the game is to score by using the lacrosse stick or “cross” (a 40 in. metal/composite poll with a triangular head strung with netting) to shoot the rubberized ball (up to 60+ mph) into a 6’x6’ goal past the GK. Women’s lacrosse is technically a non-contact sport (so no hitting each other with sticks as we don’t wear pads like the men do) however, body contact is permitted. The sport originated as a Native American war preparation game called “Little Brother of War” and was first adapted in Canada by non-native settlers. Little known fact: Lacrosse is Canada’s National Sport! P.s. I think it’s the coolest sport and I can’t wait to spread the word of lax throughout the Beloit community!
What are a few of your favorite things? Lax, hanging out with friends/making new ones, experimenting in the kitchen, anything outdoors, learning new skills (most recently beach volleyball), and pretty much having a good time all the time.
What three items go in your desert island backpack? Huge box of matches (pyro), Shovel (buried treasure), rope (always useful)
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Rebelution, Sublime, Matisyahu, Phish, Bassnectar, Shwayze, The Expendables, Bob Marley…can I just have Pandora?
Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. Nope. I hold no regrets and believe that everything happens for a reason.
Favorite meal? Impossible, I love food.
What can’t you live without? Food.
Any advice? Never stop exploring, stay curious, and always have a plan B.
What do you do in your free time? Bike around Beloit, hang out with friends, checkout the evolution of the new turf at Strong Stadium, Wii, and rock out while playing lax.
What gets you up in the morning? Iced coffee with almond or soy milk...Oh, right, not speaking literally…being a lax coach is probably the coolest job I can think of and everyday I’m excited to go to work building the program here at Beloit.
Which talent would you most like to have? Teleportation
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? The not-so-hidden Bushel & Peck’s Local Market
What are you most looking forward to? Continuing to meet and beginning to work with current students interested in lacrosse, as well as bringing great student-athletes to Beloit, en route to creating the culture of passion, dedication, and excellence in Buccaneer women’s lacrosse.
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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success
The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.
Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make #BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.
“The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.
Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”
MEET: Meredith Newman, women's lacrosse coach
Name: Meredith Newman