Today's student-athlete profile turns to multi-sport athlete Meg Tate (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle). As a member of the women's soccer and track & field teams, Meg had a great start to her career, earning numerous accolades during her rookie year. In soccer she was a unanimous decision as the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year and was also named First-team All-Conference, leading the league in goals and points.
She finished the year second in program history for single season goals with 20 and third in points with 44. Meg broke the conference record for the fastest goal to start a game, scoring just 11 seconds into the match at Bryn Mawr. She recorded two hat-tricks, including one in the conference semifinals, tallied a point in eight straight games and scored multiple goals on five occasions.
The team finished 14th in both national polls, marking the highest final season ranking in program history. They advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA National Championship for the third time in program history. The Red Devils captured the regular season title in the conference, going undefeated with an 8-0-2 mark and tied the school record for wins, finishing 16-3-4 overall. The Red Devils were ranked as high as 11th during season, allowing just over 0.5 goals per game while posting 12 shutouts on the year.
Head Coach Ted Zingman was also voted the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year while Dickinson had seven players earn All-Conference, including four First-team selections and had four players named U.S. Soccer Coaches Association All-Region. Joined by assistants Molly Lewis and Jarryd Erb, the Red Devils were honored as the Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches Association.
Below, Meg shares her experience at Dickinson and how she has been spending time this semester keeping busy during the pandemic
- What made you come to Dickinson?
I came to Dickinson because I wanted a great liberal arts education. Dickinson fit that very well and then after meeting the team I knew that this was where I wanted to go to school.
- What have you enjoyed most about being a Dickinson Red Devil?
I love the team atmosphere and the way we all pull together to meet our goals. I can't wait to continue pushing to get to our goals together.
- Are there any interesting stories or experiences you have had during the pandemic?
I've been working at the local YMCA as the youth sports assistant mainly at the moment with the soccer program. I've also been helping out assistant coaching my high school cross country team.
- What do you miss most about not being able to play your season?
I miss being with the team and miss the competitive play of soccer.
- What kinds of things are you doing to train and stay in shape?
We do team zoom lifts together. I am doing individual soccer workouts and just started training with a local boys' club team getting ready for their season. Also, I'm running with my old cross country team.
- What do you miss most about not being at school/on campus?
I miss the community of people. I also miss our team meals together in the cafeteria. Last year was great, I'm excited to get back.
- How have you adjusted to remote learning?
I feel as though I've adjusted pretty well. It's been very different but also very doable. I would love to be learning in person though.
Has it been easy or difficult?
It's been pretty easy, but it has forced me to manage my time well. I added work experiences to try to keep myself as busy as I can.
Are there any advantages you have experienced?
I feel like online learning has given me more freedom to get my work done and then also add new work opportunities for myself.
- What advice do you have for incoming students (or other students in general) about remote learning and/or how you are training?
Keep your head up and focus on the future because we will be back together soon. When we get back, we have to be ready.
- Have you/How have you been able to keep in contact with your classmates/friends/teammates during this time away from campus?
We have zoom workouts twice a week and full team meetings with coach biweekly. I've also been able to meet up with a few teammates over the summer which has been great. I also have two teammates here in Carlisle that I get to see often.
- Why are you Dickinson Proud? Why do you think more generations of student-athletes should come to Dickinson?
At Dickinson you're not just a number, everyone here cares about you and your well-being. We've built an amazing community together.