Throughout the summer, DartmouthSports.com will be focusing on members of the Class of 2018 who are currently in their "Sophomore Summers."
Lourlin Lara is a member of the Dartmouth softball team and had a fantastic second season last spring in Hanover. She was tabbed for the All-Ivy Second Team after Lara emerged as a threat not just at the plate, but on the base paths as well, stealing 13 bases without being thrown-out.
You had a breakout sophomore year with the Big Green last season earning a spot on the Second Team All-Ivy list. What are your thoughts on your performance in 2015-16?
I think that there's always room to improve, my performance last season went well, but I can't say I'm satisfied with it. I just want to keep building off the progress I've made and work hard to be a better person and player that helps move our team in the direction it wants to go.
What is one of your favorite or best memories thus far at Dartmouth?
I love food. So almost all of my favorite memories center around eating. My most recent favorite memory would have to be going to the Organic Farm with my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and making pizzas and doing a potluck where everyone brought all kinds of dishes.
What is your favorite or best memory from traveling on the road with the Big Green for the past two seasons?
I think the best road memories I have are when we're on our way to the games and one of my teammates is braiding my hair (I do it the same way every time, I don't mess with superstition) while the team is singing-along to the pre-game playlist and just laughing and being crazy before we get ready to compete.
How long have you been playing softball and what got you interested in the sport?
I started softball pretty late, when I was about 10. My parents originally had me in ballet, and I think they got the hint I wasn't cut out for it when I started hiding my ballet flats. I was incredibly competitive and hung out more with my boy cousins so when they decided to play baseball one day, I did too- and now I play it everyday.
Outside of your school work and sports, what do you like to do in your free time?
I've done a few hikes and been to the river multiple times with friends. But aside from that, I seriously don't do much. When I'm not doing school work or softball, I take lots of naps or will watch endless episodes of Criminal Minds or Scandal.
If you were a box of cereal what flavor would you be and why?
My favorite cereal is Cocoa Krispies, my favorite flavor is chocolate and my favorite food/snack/drink is chocolate. So if I could be chocolate, I wouldn't be opposed.
If you could time travel to any moment in history what would it be and why?
The day the first McDonald's opened, so I could get the first McDonald's burger for like 99 cents or however much it was. I love burgers. Especially when they're under a dollar.
If you won $1 million dollars what would you do with money/what would you buy first?
Save a good portion of it for a life-time supply of tacos and Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Give a good portion to charities for mental health and poverty. Spend the rest to live on Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas for the rest of my life.
What are you looking forward to in your junior season and beyond?
The end of our season last year was heartbreaking. Not being able to play for an Ivy Championship left us with a chip on our shoulders. I'm excited to see how we use this loss as motivation to propel us to compete for another championship. But I'm mostly looking forward to welcoming our freshmen to the family and seeing how we can all work together to be the best teammates and people we can be for each other.