20-year-old Tufts lacrosse player dies after accident at hot dog eating contest

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A 20-year-old Tufts lacrosse player died on Sunday after fainting at a charity fundraiser.

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According to officials, Madeline “Maddie” Nicpon was participating in a hot dog eating contest with other students and suffocated.

In a statement, Tufts described NickPon as having been in an accident Saturday afternoon at a “private, rental property” in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts.


Tufts said the first responders underwent “extensive life-saving procedures” and Nippon was initially taken to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, after which he was transferred to Massachusetts General in Boston, where he died Sunday afternoon.

The death of Nickpon has stirred up sentiments at Tufts and beyond.

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About 3,000 students, faculty and staff from the university of about 6,000 students took part in a vigil on Sunday night to honor Nippon, nicknamed “Scooter”, on his team. Candles were placed around Nippon’s No. 2 jersey.

A lengthy post on the team’s Instagram account features a photo of NickPoon running between two lines of his teammates, apparently shouting something in a pregame ritual.

Nikpon, a defender in lacrosse, studied biopsychology. She finished 10–1 in one game as a freshman and three last spring as a team.

The post, which describes her team as “beyond heartbreak” and NickPon as “true friends and teammates”, read in part, “She really values ​​her relationships with her teammates and coaches. Her reach was far beyond our team – she was a true connector on campus and touched every single person she met.”

Coach Courtney Schutt could not be reached for comment.

Nickpon participated in lacrosse, field hockey, and indoor track and field in high school. She was Chair of the Class of 2019 at Safran (New Jersey) High School and co-chair of its National Honor Society – a star in the class, a Rockland scholar-athlete with a grade-point average of over 4.0 and who is a graduate of Tufts University. Had left for the plan to go to medical.

Suffern Girls lacrosse coach John Callahan recalled Nickapone as “a sweetheart, just a very special kid”.

It was perhaps equally solid sportsmanship about an incredibly positive, love-life attitude that landed him on a Division III college team.

“She was always a bundle of energy and a ray of sunshine,” Callanan recalled Tuesday. “She had a great spirited personality and an infectious smile. … She was a ton of fun.”

On a memorial page, former Suffern lacrosse teammate Kimberly Mhecha wrote, “She was kind and caring (and) in every room and area she stepped into. She easily became a friend to everyone and influenced everyone she met.” Dala. She was the biggest cheerleader of all her teammates and the biggest hype man during good and bad games.”

And Nickpon, the cashew player who was focusing on a career in medicine but joked on her Tufts roster profile page that her dream job was a “Love Island UK contestant”, always seemed to laugh.

Rockland scholar-athlete Maddy Nickpon is captain of the Suffern Varsity field hockey team at High School September 13, 2018.  Nickpon, a senior, is also on the lacrosse and track teams.

Her former field hockey coach Gaby Soma said, “When you talk to Maddie, you can see pure love not only for self-success but for ensuring the success and well-being of those around you.”

The Tufts lacrosse team’s Instagram post, which mentions NickPon’s happy pregame dance ritual, reads, “She inspires us every day and will continue to do so. We should all strive to live a little more life like Scooter – a person One who values ​​love, loyalty, compassion and friendship.”

“We love you, Scooter. Keep dancing on top,” it ends.

Nancy Haggerty participates in cross-country, track and field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, girls’ lacrosse and other sporting events. The Journal News/Lohood. follow both on twitter @HaggertyNancy and at @lohoodhockey.

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