Student-Athlete Spotlight

Connor Keating, C'18 - Men's Lacrosse

1. Name: Connor Keating

2. Class Year: 2018

3. Sport: Men's Lacrosse

4. Position: Defense/LSM

5. Why did you choose Penn?
I chose Penn for the first-class academic and athletic experience. Between the coaches and players that I met during my visits, I quickly understood not only the quality of athletics, but also the importance the players and program places on both education and developing lifelong skills. Additionally, Penn has an unbelievable alumni network and support system, something I felt important in choosing a University.

6. What does the experience of being a Penn Lacrosse student-athlete mean to you?
The experience of being a Penn Lacrosse student-athlete goes far beyond athletics. Penn Lacrosse has provided the framework for future success as the mentors and coaches I have encountered have always preached doing the right thing the right way in all facets of life. While being a student-athlete has not come without its challenges, the lifelong skills and friendships I have developed over the course of my time here at Penn are second to none.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Lacrosse student-athlete? 
We are incredibly thankful for all of the time, effort, and financial support that the donors provide our program. We are fortunate enough to have a world-class experience here at Penn because of you. Whether it is the unbelievable facilities we are fortunate enough to use, or the coaches and mentors we are afforded as a result of your generosity, we are all grateful. The lasting friendships and memories would not be possible without you and we cannot express enough gratitude.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory with Penn Lacrosse?
My favorite moment would have to be my freshman year after I scored a goal, which helped spark a huge comeback victory against St. Joseph's University. During the play I fell and dislocated my shoulder, but was immediately picked up by all of my teammates. To celebrate the win afterwards on the sideline and in the locker room made it an amazing experience especially as an underclassman at the time.

9. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
I think one of the greatest things Penn athletics has taught me is that I always have the opportunity to choose my attitude. While things may not always be easy, the mentality of embracing the “rainy days” is what Penn Lacrosse is all about. In addition, the Penn athletics family preaches always placing the team before the individual. Our team also has a certain set of core values that guide the way we are supposed to live our lives, and over the course of my time here at Penn I have come to understand how important these values are in navigating my future after graduation.