Venturing from her hometown of Bridgewater, CT., Stacy Sullivan landed between the Green Mountains onto Castleton’s campus and never stopped climbing. She graduated high school with ambitions of being a collegiate athlete and in pursuing her passion of field hockey, she thrived in Spartan Stadium.
“Playing a sport throughout college is still today one of my biggest achievements,” said Sullivan. “My team, coaches, and fans are the reason for that.”
Sullivan claimed two North Atlantic Conference Championships in her career and was named to the All-Tournament Team as a senior before appearing in the NCAA Tournament. In her senior season, the squad was ranked 5th nationally for defensive saves and 12th for assists per game. As an individual, Sullivan led the Spartans in defensive saves and was ranked 19th in the nation.
“Winning the NAC Championship game my senior year on our home turf is a feeling I will never ever forget,” she said.
In 2014, Sullivan tossed her cap and received her Bachelor of Science in Communication with mixed emotions.
“Leaving Castleton was extremely hard,” she said. “But there’s no such thing as a former Spartan. Once a Spartan, always a Spartan.”
Today, Sullivan is back in Connecticut working as a marketing coordinator at Circulation Specialists, Inc. and attributes her professional success to many of the skills she gained as a student-athlete at Castleton. She said that being able to transition a team mentality to the workplace has been invaluable to her relationships and her strong work ethic has set her apart.
Though she still finds time for field hockey in her free time through leagues and organized pick-up games, she said it’s a far cry from the field–level feeling of Spartan Stadium; the adrenaline of Spartan green juxtaposed with the serene warmth of fall foliage painted across the Green Mountains backdrop.
“Enjoy every minute of practice, games, and team events,” she advised current student-athletes. “Because it will be over in the blink of an eye.”