Southern Regional Field Hockey Standout Katlin Conroy Signs With Rider University

Nov 22, 2017
Courtesy of: Southern Regional Athletics Surrounded by family, Southern Regional senior Katlin Conroy signs her National Letter of Intent on Nov. 14 to play field hockey at Rider University.

For the past two seasons, Katlin Conroy has played a large role in the success of the Southern Regional High School field hockey program. She wields a big stick, for sure, and was one of the leaders for a squad that broke a single-season record for victories this fall.

But now with her high school career behind her, Conroy’s next move up the proverbial ladder is NCAA Division I. And for that, the Southern senior is heading west – but not too far west – and north – but not too far north.

“It was an easy pick for me to make,” said Conroy, who on Nov. 14 signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Rider University, just to the north of Trenton. “Rider was my top choice. It has a beautiful campus. The team is a really good fit, and the coaches were very generous to me. They really wanted me, and I felt comfortable with them.”

Conroy’s incentive to blaze a path toward the Division I game was set years ago when her older sister, Mary, who graduated from Southern in 2015, went on to play collegiate hockey at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“When my sister went to play Division I hockey, I knew I could do it, too,” she said. “My freshman year, I got to play with my sister as a senior and see her as a team leader, so I took a lot from that. For me, it’s about working hard, being a team player and playing for each other. But seeing her go on to play at Drexel pushed me to play at the highest level.  My goal was to play Division I, so this is an exciting step.”

On Aug. 26, Rider, which went 8-11 this season, will square off against Drexel on the field, and Katlin is hoping she gets the opportunity to play opposite her sister.

“We’re a close-knit family,” she said. “But she and I haven’t ever played against each other before, so it will be fun to play against her. I’m looking forward to that game. Just being on the field with her again will be exciting.”

While playing under head coach Lori Hussong, Conroy expects to major in biology as she begins preparing for a career in the medical field, perhaps as a nurse practitioner or something related.

“I’ve always liked helping people and the sciences, so I think that’s the direction I’m going,” said Conroy, who contributed 10 goals and 13 assists for the Rams this fall. “And I’m really looking forward to seeing how I adapt to field hockey at that level. I’ve worked really hard the past two years, and my skill definitely has gotten better, so I believe I’m ready for it. I know it will be much harder and faster, but I’m ready for that challenge.”

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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