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Balancing Act

BU men’s soccer player Ben Nicholson completes whirlwind weekend in Vermont

October 7, 2013


Balancing Act

Ben Nicholson leads the Bearcats with three assists and five points so far this season

Contact: David O’Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Junior midfielder Ben Nicholson has grown accustom to balancing his athletic and academic endeavors. He is a two-year starter on the Binghamton men’s soccer team and is carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA. Although he has one year of eligibility remaining, he is on track to graduate from Binghamton in only three years.

This past weekend at Vermont, however, Nicholson took his balancing act to an even higher level. He took the LSAT exam in the morning and made it in time to play in the Bearcats’ game later in the day.

Nicholson was originally scheduled to take the exam at Binghamton but he was able to take the LSAT in Burlington as a standby so he would not miss the game.

“I am looking at going to law school after Binghamton,” Nicholson said last week. “This weekend is the only chance I have to take the exam so Saturday will be a big day.”

If any student-athlete is prepared for the daunting Saturday schedule, it’s Nicholson. He discovered the art of excelling both on and off the playing field early in his career.

“It’s about keeping ahead of the work,” he said. “If I know we are going to be away for the games, I try and get the stuff done beforehand. I also try to keep a good dialogue going with all of my professors.”

“Ben is off the charts academically,” head coach Paul Marco said. “He has an opportunity to be the highest achieving student that I have had since I have been here. With only two semesters left before he graduates, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t fulfill that accomplishment and take the LSAT now.”

Originally from London, Nicholson came to Binghamton in 2011. The athletic program and academics were key reasons he made the trip overseas. Three years later, he has no regrets about his decision.

“I have definitely enjoyed the best of both worlds since I came here,” Nicholson said. “I have grown massively since then. Every coach that I have played for and every professor that I have had classes with have all shown me new things. It’s all been great for me.”

Although Nicholson could have missed the match against Vermont, his teammates supported him taking the LSAT when he did. That is because they have all come to admire the player and person he is.

“Ben is a great teammate, friend and role model,” senior midfielder Tommy Moon said. “He strives to be the best whether it is on the field or in the classroom. His work ethic in the classroom is unreal.”

“Ever since I have known Ben, he has been a total team guy,” junior back Jamie Forbes said. “His 4.0 GPA speaks for itself. He is just a guy who knows how to get it done.”

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