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Marketing and Athletics in Balance

Scholar-athlete Natalie Peel shares how she found the sport of lacrosse and set her priorities on SDSU
By Suzanne Finch

In the fourth grade Natalie Peel decided she didn’t want to play softball anymore and made the switch to lacrosse. Now a marketing senior and lacrosse player at San Diego State University, Peel says she was hooked on the sport from the start.

Peel excelled at lacrosse and was named captain of her high school team back home in New Jersey. As she weighed her college options, a visit to SDSU convinced her to select its marketing program for her education and to continue her passion for lacrosse with the SDSU women's team.

“After touring the campus and staying with the team, I knew this was the place for me,” said Peel, who has played as a midfielder each year since 2016. She was one of three team captains in the 2018 season, when the Aztecs won their first-ever conference championship.

While she is serious about lacrosse, Peel is equally serious about her studies and has been recognized as an SDSU scholar-athlete each semester. She has also been named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation’s All-Academic Scholar-Athlete list as an SDSU marketing major two years in a row.

“I chose to major in marketing because it is such a versatile subject and applies to everyone in our society,” said Peel. “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.” 

Now a senior, Peel is looking to life after sports. When she graduates in May, she plans to do a 14-city tour in Europe with  a teammate, defender 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.