Elise Tarbi, Middlebury College

Elise Tarbi was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Middlebury, graduating in the spring of 2008 with a degree in neuroscience. In her time with the team, Tarbi epitomized the indomitable spirit, commitment and on-field excellence that are the hallmarks of the program.

While at Middlebury, her team twice advanced to the conference championship match, while playing in the NCAA Sweet 16 in both of those years. She served as a co-captain her senior year and was an All-NESCAC and All-New England honoree. She was also selected to play in the NEWISA Senior Bowl.

Off the field, Tarbi has served as a mentor to a local youth, volunteered with the Tibetan Women's Association and at a local child care center, as well as serving as leader, counselor and friend to her teammates.

As an academic, Tarbi was a College Scholar for four semesters and has made the Dean's List twice. In 2008, she earned a spot on the District I Academic All-American team by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors Association). She was also a two-time All-NESCAC Academic selection and has since been offered a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Tarbi was also the recipient of the school’s “Hazeltine-Klevenow Memorial Trophy”, award for best combining ability in athletics and excellence in scholarship.