Underneath the Feathers: women’s soccer player Jr. forward Ruthie Lucas

By Chris Mackowiak

Sports Editor

@cmackowiakSGSN

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Photo By: Kaitlin Poling

Ruthie Lucas

Junior forward for Salisbury women’s soccer

Hometown: Ellicott City, Md.

What are your majors/minors? What made you interested in that field(s)?

“I am a Graphic Design major. In high school, I was a part of the school yearbook, and I learned a lot about Adobe programs like InDesign and Photoshop. This sparked my love for design.”

What made you want to play soccer at or just come to Salisbury?

“I always knew I wanted to play soccer in college, and I had gone to numerous ID camps at different schools trying to decide which the best fit was for me. I came to the SU camp the summer before my junior year of high school and enjoyed it a lot more than any of the other camps I had gone to. The coach kept in contact with me over the next few years and eventually I just made the decision play here.”

 What has been your favorite moment as part of SU women’s soccer while here at Salisbury, and why?

“My favorite moment was probably when I scored my first goal my freshman year, we were playing at Richard Stockton, and the game was really physical. I got the ball and some courage and took a shot that went in. I was pretty shocked when it went in the goal, honestly, the moment went by so quickly I didn’t really realize what was going on until after I realized I had scored, but I remember gaining so much more confidence after that.”

Have you always played forward as you do currently? What do you enjoy about your part on the field?
“I have always been an attacking player, but I have switched around between outside midfield/forward positions. At one point I tried outside back, but I missed scoring goals too much so I switched back to forward.”

Headed into your senior year, what do you think comes with the title ‘senior’ on a sports team and what do you hope to contribute next season with the veteran experience?

“The confidence and experience gained from three seasons is something that makes a big difference for a player. There is a lot of responsibility with the ‘senior’ title, and I think it is a great chance for someone to step up in a leadership role through their words and actions towards their team. I have felt my confidence grow every year. I am excited to finally be at the peak of that and hopefully contribute intensity in games and practice and also a high standard of excellence in execution and fitness.”

As a junior, what do you feel are your roles on the team both on and off the field?

“I think my role this year has been to perform at my best, help others to do their best, and be a supportive and responsible teammate.”

What is your favorite part of Salisbury University Athletics or your team-environment here at SU?

“I love the energy that comes along with SU Athletics, most people are incredibly encouraging and supportive of the teams. Our team specifically has great chemistry this year, better than any of the other years I have experienced. The team is smaller this year which has helped and our seniors have done a great job reaching out to everyone.”

What is your favorite part of campus life at Salisbury, and why?

“I love the size of our campus and the openness of it. It is awesome to be able to walk around and see familiar faces. There are also a lot of clubs and organizations that help make campus life more fun. I am a part of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), and the friendships I have made there are so incredibly important to me.”

What are your hobbies and interests off the field?

“I have always loved reading, during the summer and winter breaks I try to read a few of my favorite books. East of Eden by John Steinbeck is my all-time favorite, I think I have four copies of it in my room at home, which is super unnecessary but somehow I just happened to acquire them over the years. I also never seem to want to get away from soccer. We have a really nice facility near my house with four turf fields, and I spend a lot of my free time there when I am home.”

Where is your favorite place to go for a meal or snack on or off-campus? Favorite food?

“I am in love with Jersey Mike’s Chipotle Cheesesteak (I think it’s number 43 on the menu)… I also am a sucker for hush puppies and a Peanut Butter/Fudge/Caramel milkshake from Cook Out. This answer makes it seem like I eat super unhealthy… I also really like apples and pomegranates!”

Is there any favorite music you like to listen to right before a game?

“Anything with a good beat. I can always get pumped to some of the classic Eminem or Drake jams, and also recently have been really into Sia’s song, ‘The Greatest.”

Is there something unique about you that many SU soccer fans don’t know?

“I played the violin for nine years growing up and also just recently started teaching myself how to play the cello. I also have taken Ceramics 1 and 2 and plan to continue with that. My favorite things to make are probably mugs and teapots.”

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