Spartan Spotlight: Niro Wimalasena
Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: Sports
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Peter Cooke: So how long have you been defending on the pitch?
Niro Wimalasena: 15 years
PC: That's a long time; apparently practice does make perfect. You've reeled in a bunch of awards over your first two years - what are all your honors on the field?
NW: I've made All-UAA Second Team, NSCAA/Adidas Great Lakes All-Region Second Team, OCSA All-Ohio First Team, and OCSA Academic All-Ohio First Team.
PC: That's a few too many acronyms to keep track of. As a Chem. E. you must have a few awards in the classroom as well.
NW: Gamma Sigma Alpha (Greek Academic Honor Society), and I'm part of the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
PC: What are some of the things you do off the field at Case?
NW: I'm the vice rresident of ritual of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity as well as the director of public relations of the Case Association of Student Athletes.
PC: Sounds like you've got a bunch of experience so far, what's the life of Niro look like in 2020?
NW: Hopefully working for a Fortune 500 company like Procter and Gamble with a wife and two kids.
PC: Sounds like you've got everything planned out. So what makes soccer stand out from other sports?
NW: Nate Doctor. Enough said.
PC: Freshman goalies? I'm sure there has to be a story there. If you could invite any 3 people to dinner, living or dead, who would it be and why?
NW: Chris Cservak, Jon Milan, and Mike Scarpaci. Definitely the makings of an interesting night.
PC: Sounds like some of the other guys you've played with are an interesting bunch. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
NW: Kal Penn.
PC: Kumar? Really. I don't think he's got the goods to pull it off. What other sport would you play if you had the chance?
NW: Cricket. As a brown man, it's almost second nature.
PC: Sticking to your roots, I like it. As an Irishman, we just eat potatoes. What would we find in your locker right now that might surprise us?
NW: The Shock Doctor.
PC: I had to google that, luckily it's not as raunchy as it sounds. What's the one thing that most people don't know about soccer?
NW: Rioting is encouraged.
PC: I've tried, and sad to say, I don't think the Case Police see eye-to-eye on that. Finish this sentence: Soccer is like a girl because…
NW: You can put in the work for 90 minutes and still not score.
PC: I guess that's why they have extra time. What's the high point of the soccer season?
NW: Chocolate milk after games.
PC: Forget Gatorade, milk is the drink of champions. Who is the best athlete you've ever competed with and why?
NW: Mike Scancarello. Such raw speed…
PC: I might agree with you. He does have very raw, gangly, awkward speed. Any insight on how the season is going so far?
NW: Season is off to a pretty good start. We just need to keep taking it game by game and I believe we'll encounter success.
PC: It's working for you so far. Keep up the good work.