Campus Winner
Month: March 2017

NACURH, INC.

Spotlight of the Month

School: Southern Methodist University Region: SWACURH
Nominee: Loyd Intramural Indoor Soccer Team Nominator: Lisa Suennen and Pahno Georgeton

On-Campus Population: 3400 Chapter Size: 28

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

Loyd Intramurals had a great turnout this year and many residents participated in the various sports teams that were available. The indoor soccer team, in particular, had a great season and truly came together to work hard and defeat the other teams. Carter Davis, the Director of the Friendship Committee (which oversees intramural sports for Loyd) gathered people together to form the group and Pahno Georgeton, an RA in Loyd, was the coach for the team. The group was unique and stood out among the teams for intramural sports as a result of the participants' intense dedication to the group and bond. At the beginning of the season, the group did not have that many players, but as time went on other residents began to see the good relationships that the participants solidified and were eager to join the team.

The team went all the way to the playoffs and continued to do well against the competition even though they were not all seasoned soccer players. During the playoffs, the team would get together outside of the formal games to refine their skills in both soccer and communication with one another. After each of the games, the group would go and get food from Mac's Place and talk about how the game went. Each of the participants would encourage their friends to come and support them while they played in the intramural games, and many people ended up showing up! The sight of familiar faces and the cheering from the sidelines really helped contribute to the team's success and lead them to victory. The Loyd Intramural Soccer Team went into the playoffs with the last seed. During the season, Loyd lost every single game while struggling to get enough players on the indoor field. However once playoffs began, it was as if another team had come to play. For the playoffs, Loyd purchased intramural pinnies to support their intramurals. Loyd donned these to their first playoff game where they would go to beat the undefeated number one seed. Loyd breezed through the playoffs playing the highest ranked teams. However it seemed that they met their match in the championship. The Loyd Soccer Team was challenged by the Beta and DG Intramural Team. Beta’s team came in like a force to be reckoned with and reached a score of 5-1 in the first half. However, Loyd Soccer rallied. In the second half, Loyd Soccer came back to tie the score at 5-5 in the final minute of gameplay. The game went to overtime. In overtime, it only took five minutes for Loyd to top Beta with a swift goal in the top right corner of the goal from Holly Lansidel. When the goal went in, Loydians that had come to support their peers stormed the court and celebrated with the team. Against all odds, Loyd Intramural Soccer team had won the whole tournament with the bottom ranked seed. Loyd was the first residential commons to beat a non-residential commons in a Co-Rec league at Southern Methodist University. The Loyd Soccer Team was a makeshift group that truly came together and had a Cinderella story in the intramural league. It was an honor to see a group work so hard together towards a common goal and succeed. As the Loyd Residents don their championship shirts, it’s their determination, pride, and leadership that is worn on their sleeves.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-04-05 19:56:57

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