Joe MacDonald '12

How did Groton prepare you for college baseball?
I played baseball at Groton for five years, and I realized that success in the past did not guarantee success in the future. I worked hard to become a better player every season, with positive results for the most part. Through all my athletics at Groton, including football, basketball and baseball, I matured a great deal. I was a hothead as a Second and Third Former and became much better at keeping my emotions in check in my Upper School years. I had awesome coaches at Groton and the best teammates I've ever had.  I learned to keep up the same level and investment whether we were winning or losing. That's a skill that goes beyond the field.

What was the highlight or favorite memory of your athletic career at Groton?
After two seasons on varsity football, where we won a combined five games, we went 6-2 in our senior year. Baseball has always been my first love, but nothing to this point in my life has compared to the pride I felt during that football season. It's hard to pick out one moment from that year. We beat St. Paul's in the midst of a snowstorm. We topped St. Mark's in our last football game together, when my classmate and Middlebury baseball teammate, Cullen Coleman, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown. We defeated St. George's and Brooks early in the year. But above all was the moment, under the lights, when we looked up at that scoreboard and realized that we had beaten BB&N. BB&N beat us by 40 or so two years prior, and the year before had broken our hearts in a close game. For us it felt like a David vs. Goliath type of game, and we did the impossible.

Athletic Accomplishments while at Groton:
-11-time letter winner (5 baseball, 3 basketball/football); three-sport captain, twice for baseball
-Football: All-ISL, Team MVP, All-New England
-Basketball: Part of the only team in school history to make the NEPSAC playoffs
-Baseball: All-ISL honorable mention sophomore yea; All-ISL junior and senior year; team MVP junior year; batted over .300 four straight years, .447 junior year

Graduated cum laude

Joe's Middlebury athletic profile
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