Turns out, softball wasn’t her game.
That is what prompted Natalie Peel to join her local lacrosse team when she was in the fourth grade, “I didn’t like playing softball that much so I decided to try lacrosse instead,” she recalled. “As soon as I started playing, I was hooked!”
Peel excelled at lacrosse and she was named as a captain for her high school team in Mount Laurel, NJ. The coaching staff at SDSU caught wind of her reputation as an excellent midfielder and invited her to fly across the country to tour the campus. “I hadn’t even considered schools on the West Coast until then,” she said. “But I thought I owed it to myself to at least visit SDSU. After touring the campus and staying with the team, I knew this was the place for me.”
While she is serious about lacrosse - Peel is equally serious about her studies and has been recognized as an SDSU scholar-athlete every semester she’s been at SDSU. She has also been named two years in a row to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s All-Academic Scholar-Athlete list as an SDSU marketing major. “I chose to major in marketing because it is such a versatile subject and applies to everyone in our society,” she said. “A degree in marketing prepares me to enter any business setting with good knowledge of corporate motivations and objectives. I love learning about the reasons behind company decisions and what drives consumers.” Peel named marketing lecturer, Steven Gaffen, as her most influential faculty member, “He made me realize how fun and interesting marketing really is!”
Now a senior on SDSU’s 2018 conference championship team, Peel is looking to life after sports. After she graduates in May 2019, she plans to do a 14-city tour in Europe with her teammate, Elizabeth Adams. “Since we were freshmen, we said we would travel to Europe and now, that time is almost here,” said Peel. “Once I get back from Europe, I will return to the Philadelphia area to live and work. The decision to move back was tough, because even though I love San Diego, it feels like the right choice for me.”
As she prepares to complete her time at SDSU, Peel encourages younger SDSU student athletes to “find the right balance between school, athletics and social life” in order to find success both on and off the field.