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January 18, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Postseason honors roll in for Finkelstein

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“Brandeis, Hobart, and Wheaton were at the top of my list. After I did an overnight visit I fell in love with Wheaton. The coaches impressed me, and so far my college choice has been amazing.”

Finkelstein is majoring in psychology with a minor in dance. He thinks his dance classes help on the soccer field because it helps keep him flexible.

“At the end of my sophomore year I knew I wanted to major in psychology,” he said. “I took an African dance class to fill a requirement and really enjoyed it. I stuck with it, and kept taking other classes. I’ll admit it’s an unusual minor for an athlete, but I like to do my own thing, and it relaxes me. I have a teacher with a good background in athletics, and she knows I appreciate doing it.”

Finkelstein is setting high goals for his senior year. Winning the league again is first on his list.

“It’s not an easy path because our league (NEWMAC) is so tough,” he said. “If we do win we automatically qualify for the NCAA tournament. This year we went to the second round (shut out Plattsburgh State before losing to St. Lawrence), but we’d like to go even farther next time. The Sweet Sixteen sounds really good. Soccer is a year round activity for me, and I want to finish up with a strong senior year.

“We’re only graduating one senior which is unusual for any college sport, and we have a good freshman class coming in along with a couple coming back, who left school for academic reasons. I know it’s not going to be easy, and we all have to put in the work from now until the season begins.”

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Other Aztec alums receiving all-star honors include two athletes from Middleton. Kaitlin Sampson, a junior defender for Pfeiffer, was named to the All-Southeast Region third team while junior forward Gabby Russo of the University of Tampa was chosen D-2 All South Region team second team. Ipswich’s Hannah Weagle, a sophomore forward at Franklin Pierce, was named D-2 All East third team, and WPI senior forward Chris Ciampa of Danvers was selected to the All New England Region North second team.

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