DURHAM, N.C. -- Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior Sophia Sourlis to learn more about the Timonium, Md., native.
GoDuke.com: Name your three favorite things about being a Duke student-athlete.
Sophia Sourlis: I would say it is really cool, the camaraderie between athletes on different teams. It’s nice that we all support each and it’s cool to look over to the stands during our game and see the basketball boys and see lacrosse boys and see the field hockey girls. I think it’s really cool that all of the athletes support each other on the field but also in the classroom. It is nice to come into a room and see people who kind of understand your lifestyle. You know that they support you. It is interesting for me because my sister went to Duke and she wasn’t a student athlete so my parents always say how they are seeing a completely different side of Duke and that it is a completely different experience. But she and I had some stuff that we both obviously have in common from being Duke students, so I think it is really cool for me to be able to experience this side but also know that there is more Duke has to offer aside from all of the cool stuff that I get to do because of athletics.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite ‘on the field’ memory?
SS: I can still really specifically remember when we were in the NCAA semifinal game my freshman year playing against Maryland. We were out by Long Island and we got police escorts to the stadium and they announced us individually before the game, put our photos up on the Jumbotron. It was cool to have my name announced individually and have everybody else’s names announced individually. The crowd was cheering for us. It was really memorable and something not a lot of people get to experience.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite ‘off the field’ memory?
SS: My sophomore year we did this team-bonding activity. We ran the mile, we had to kayak a mile. It was six o’clock in the morning when we woke up and you’re with random people in the kayak. It’s hilarious because people were spinning in circles because they didn’t know how to properly paddle. Sometimes some of the teams of girls got out and were pushing the boat. It was a fun experience. We were all exhausted afterwards but we were smiling because it was so fun and brought us together.
GoDuke.com: What are three things you want to do in the next 10 years?
SS: I want to get into medical school and actually be on the road to becoming a doctor. I would love to have a family and get married and all that good stuff. I think it would be really cool to connect the medical field that I want to go into and my family back to Duke and somehow still have that connection .
GoDuke.com: Describe head coach Kerstin Kimel in three words.
SS: I would say organized. She is very strategy-oriented; the things that we do, there is always a purpose for them, either a specific purpose or a general purpose but it is still there. For the last thing, I don’t know a single word for this, but sometimes the team will have jokes and you won’t expect her to be in on them but then she’ll just kind of crack a smile and you’re like, ‘Oh, you do think this is funny,’ so she is secretly in on things.
GoDuke.com: What are the three places you would travel to if you could?
SS: I would love to go to Greece. I have been once before and I would love to go back and go for an extended period, more of just exploring on my own. I would love to go to the Great Barrier Reef and then I think it would be really cool to go all of the way through California up and down the coast.
GoDuke.com: Name your three favorite restaurants in Durham.
SS: I really like Blue Corn Café on Ninth Street; I think it’s so good. I really like the Nasher also; they have excellent brunch. The last place I would say is Parker & Otis.
GoDuke.com: Name your three favorite things about the sport of lacrosse.
SS: I like how there can be really huge momentum swings. Being a defender, I think it is really cool how there can be a great defensive stop and then the ball will move all the way down to the opposite side of the field. The attack may score really quickly or they can take a little bit longer but either way you know that the momentum from the defense kind of carried through the field. I also like how it is really detail-oriented. You have to have great stick-work, you have to have great footwork. In different areas of the field, some things are more important than others, but I think it is cool. Not that other sports don’t require the same amount of detail but your stick has to be perfect. Some girls on our team have a lot of superstitions that they need to wear a certain type of sock or something like that which is cool and I think it is unique to us. The last thing I would say is that I like that women’s lacrosse really incorporates a bunch of different sports, like the offsides rule for women’s lacrosse is similar to soccer, the footwork is like basketball defense for defenders in women’s lacrosse. I think there is a lot of crossover between all of the different sports.