Captains’ Corner: Luke Pierce

Luke Pierce '15
Luke Pierce ’15

Luke Pierce ’15

Men’s soccer

Yarmouth, Maine

Residence: West


What’s your major?

History and Environmental Policy

What’s your pre-game ritual?

I take a cold shower in the locker room before every game. By November, the showers are definitely shorter.

What’s your most embarrassing moment in your sport?

During our alumni game two years ago (a game we take seriously), I made a back pass that went right past our goalie and to the opposing forward’s feet next to the goal. Had it been on the other side of the field it would have been a clinical pass.

What’s your least favorite school to play at?

Middlebury. It’s a gorgeous campus but their turf is not the best surface for soccer (or your legs).

What was an achievement in your sport that you feel proudest about?

Advancing to the [NCAA] Men’s Div. III Final Four the past two seasons.

If you could play another sport at Williams, what would it be?

I play baseball here in the spring, but basketball would be my next sport.

What is the team tradition you value most?

I really value when the team huddles around the Stauffer Rock Memorial before each game. This time allow us to focus on the match ahead while simultaneously taking in the legacy and history of the program. Matthew Stauffer ‘96 was captain of the 1995 National Championship winning team and tragically lost his life to cancer a few years after graduation. He embodies everything our team strives for both on and off the field.

Which professor would you most like to play against in your sport?

Professor [of History Thomas] Kohut. He’s always been a great supporter of our team. I would also love to see his German style of play.

What’s your favorite song to listen to at the gym?

Lately it’s been Pierce Fulton’s “Kuaga.”

What’s your favorite snack before a game?

Banana and peanut butter

Who’s your pro athlete crush?

It’s a toss up between Nick Pugliese ‘12 and Matt Ratajczak ‘13.

What is your favorite road trip memory? 

The rendition of the “Pokemon theme song” on the bus by Zach Grady ’15.

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