Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Solid Values Help Ross Thrive at Tufts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Solid Values Help Ross Thrive at Tufts

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Coach Courtney Farrell referred to Caroline Ross as "Miss Composure" during a riveting career at Tufts University.

Whether it was scoring the winning goal with 13 seconds left against eventual NCAA Division III lacrosse finalist Trinity College (as Ross did on March 26) or withstanding the pressure of taking the Medical College Admission Test (as Ross did last week), this Sewickley Academy graduate was grace under pressure.

"Nothing fazes her," Farrell said.

This mindset can be traced to parents Gerry and Lisa, medical doctors who taught their three children that any achievement is possible.As an intern at Pitt last summer, Caroline led a research project that investigated the cellular phenotype of children with Localized Scleroderma.

Older sister Casey is a former women's lacrosse player at Division I Columbia and a medical student at Temple University. Younger brother Luke recently won the PIAA Class AA boys singles tennis title as a Sewickley Academy junior.

"My parents do a phenomenal job of balancing things," said Caroline Ross, who graduated cum laude from Sewickley Academy and was a PIAA Class AA doubles tennis champion in 2011. "When I was in high school, one of my parents was at every game or match, so I never felt like their job was a priority. The kids were the priority, and I think they appreciated us working hard for them. It's a reciprocal relationship we have, where they are so proud of us, but we really do everything for them."

At Tufts, Ross did everything for the Jumbos, leading the team in goals and assists in each of her four years.

This Sewickley resident was a three-time US Lacrosse All-American, including two first-team selections, a two-time Academic All-American and was the university's nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

She leaves Tufts ranked in the top-5 all time in goals and assists, having accumulated 167 and 64, respectively. She averaged 3.6 points per game and was especially skilled on free-position shots. …

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