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Greg Rommel

School

Syracuse

Position
Midfielder
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Greg Rommel

Classroom

Rommel has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Bio-engineering and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field. He has a 3.33 cumulative graduate school GPA and is interested in bio-medical research as a career choice. He was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in 2004 and 2005. He was the 2006 Soladay Award winner, the highest honor bestowed by the Syracuse Department of Athletics on a current student-athlete for athletic and academic achievement. He was also named to the Syracuse Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in all eight of his undergraduate semesters and was selected as one of 12 University Scholars for the Class of 2006.

Character

He was the 2006 and 2007 team captain. After suffering a season-ending thumb injury two games into 2006, his mental toughness and dedication to the rehabilitation plan has allowed Greg to make a complete recovery and return to his role as a starting midfielder for the Orange in 2007. Despite his 2006 injury, Greg attended every SU practice and accompanied the team on every road trip, serving as another coach on the sideline. He helped develop strategies to defeat the opposing team’s defenses and led a team “closed door” meeting that helped spur the team to nine consecutive victories and a 24th trip to the national semifinals.

Community

As a junior, Greg worked as an academic preceptor for neuroscience students in Syracuse’s L.C. College of Engineering and Computer Science. He held two sessions for an hour each week and helped between five and 15 students per session with assignments and research. Currently, Greg works as a teaching assistant for a learning strategies class for Syracuse freshmen. Greg and other members of the Syracuse University lacrosse team spent a fall Saturday assisting the Outer Comstock Neighborhood Association in planting trees and re-mulching Tyler Park in 2004.

For the last three years he has also helped develop young athletes at his alma mater – Henninger High School. Each summer and fall he has served as volunteer coach for the Henninger football team, working with the squad’s quarterbacks. It has been a major time commitment for Greg requiring him to attend practices five times a week until fall lacrosse starts at Syracuse.

Competition

Rommel was a member of Syracuse’s 2004 NCAA Championship team and was named to the 2005 STX/USILA All-American Second-Team. He is Syracuse’s active leader with 51 career games played. Heading into his senior season, Greg has been named 2007 Preseason First Team All-American and is a 2007 Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee for National Player of the Year. He is Syracuse’s top midfielder and the Orange’s most dangerous shooter from up top.