NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sam Friend, Penn State Abington

NEAC Student-Athlete Spotlight: Sam Friend, Penn State Abington

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - Each week throughout the fall semester, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) will highlight student-athletes from one of the conference's member institutions through a brief Q & A. Female student-athletes will be featured each Thursday followed by a male student-athlete spotlight each Friday. Today, we get to know Penn State Abington's Sam Friend.

Sam Friend
Sport(s): Women's Soccer & Softball
Hometown: Southampton, Pa.

What is your current class year and major?

I am a senior at Penn State Abington majoring in psychology.

Why did you choose to attend Penn State Abington?

I chose to attend Penn State Abington because it's close to home and I was given the opportunity to play soccer and softball here. The idea of a small campus was appealing to me.

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Penn State Abington women's soccer and softball teams?

Being a member of the Penn State Abington women's soccer and softball teams means dedication towards those sports. What I like about playing Division III sports is being surrounded by teammates playing for the love of the game. Playing at Penn State Abington means playing for the person to the left and the right of you and working hard every day for your teammates.

If you could pick one favorite moment at Penn State Abington, what would it be?

My favorite moment was making it to the NEAC soccer championship my freshman year. While it was disappointing that we didn't win this game, it was a great learning experience for me as a freshman and showed me that with hard work, this was a game we could get to and compete in each year.

What are your career aspirations or future goals?

After graduating, I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my Master's Degree in Child and Adolescent Counseling. I hope to become a psychologist and work with children and young adults.

Are you involved in additional activities, clubs, etc. on campus outside of athletics?

I am a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative of the softball team. I am also a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honors program at Penn State Abington.

Give us three words that best describe being a Division III student-athlete. 

Sportsmanship, Dedication, Heart

What is your pregame routine? Any superstitions? 

Before games I listen to music and I always wear a pair of socks under my softball and soccer socks each game.

Share with us some of your favorites:

Food:  Chicken Nuggets

Professional Team or Player: Alex Morgan

Movie: She's the Man

Class at Penn State Abington: Developmental Psychology

Finally, what makes you #NEACStrong? 

I am #NEACStrong because I am confident in myself as a person and competitor and because I respect my teammates and opponents.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: