Wearing number 42, Sixth Former Carson De Marco has grown into a crucial part of the soccer team’s defense. De Marco plays outside back, preventing crosses into the box as well as any quick counter-attacks. He also communicates with the rest of the defensive line, keeping them on task and in the game.
Sixth Form defender M.J. Atkins said, “As a player, he’s probably the most athletic player on the entire team.”
The coaches often assign De Marco with keeping quick outside wings under check.
“Mr. Keefe, Mr. Poolman, and Mr. Ator have tasked the outside backs to contribute offensively since the beginning of the season, such as making overlapping runs with the midfielders and serving crosses into the box for potential scoring opportunities,” De Marco said.
De Marco poses a threat to the opposing team by occupying roles as a defender and possible playmaker. In a recent game against Penn Charter, De Marco set up a crucial goal for the team.
“I made good connections with midfielders Luke Macacione and Papi Harris, which led to me crossing a ball into the box where M.J. Atkins beautifully headed it in,” De Marco said.
Both Atkins and classmate Brennan McBride describe Carson as a “grinder.”
“He is a leader showing by example and keeping his head down.”Brennan McBride ’20
McBride said, “He is a leader showing by example and keeping his head down.”
“He’s really dedicated to the team,” assistant coach Mr. Andrew Poolman said. “His dedication is infectious.”
De Marco brings the water down to the field nearly every day, on his own accord. He has brought the water so often that the coaches made a rule to make other players do it.
Mr. Poolman, McBride, and Atkins describes De Marco as the team’s quiet leader.
“He’s the first person to pick everyone’s head up and say ‘Next play,’” Atkins said.
After practices, the team often shares its “gratitudes.” Fifth Form team member Curtis Weh shared that he was grateful for a time that Carson had helped him study for a major assignment in Physiology. Ove late-night texts, De Marco made sure Weh knew and understood all of the concepts on the assignment. McBride said that De Marco was up for an hour and a half helping Weh.
De Marco is also one of the members of the Signet Society, the twelve Sixth Formers who represent the school and student body.