GHS-grad Caitlin Gallagher will play field hockey at Bryant University. Gallagher is pictured with parents, Bridget and Chris, and sister, Casey
Glastonbury High School’s field hockey star and 2021-graduate Caitlin Gallagher will continue her athletic and academic journey at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Gallagher earned All-State recognition in each of the last two seasons, helping the field hockey team win 26 regular season games, including a 14-0 finish this fall as the Guardians polished off the perfect season with a conference championship.
She entered last season as one of the Top 25 Field Hockey Players to Watch and did not disappoint, capping off her high school career with an undefeated conference title, earning All-Conference, and being selected by GameTime as a top weekly field hockey performer in mid-October after scoring three goals and adding an assist in shutout wins over Conard and East Catholic.
“I will definitely miss the Glastonbury field hockey team next year. The coaches have been such positive role models in my life these past years and the girls have become like my second family,” stated Gallagher.
GHS field hockey coach Maureen Perkins said Gallagher is one of the hardest working players that she has ever coached, adding, “Caitlin has incredibly high standards for herself and has made herself into a terrific player. She will do whatever is needed to help the team win, including learning and playing different positions. She has a love of the game and such a positive attitude that is just amazing to be around. I am so proud of the player and person she has become over the past four years.”
Off the field, she was a four-year honor student. She was also part of Unified Theater, ACT Club, and Big Brother/Big Sister.
Gallagher will join a field hockey program at Bryant that will be ready to go after a shortened season in 2020. Her first game as a member of the Bulldogs will be a homecoming (of sorts) as Bryant travels to Connecticut to take on Quinnipiac in Hamden on August 21.
“When I did my visit at Bryant, I felt at home on the campus. The team and coaches were all very welcoming and I loved everything about the program right off the bat,” stated Gallagher, who is leaning towards a business-related major, “I am excited for new opportunities playing at such a high level and being able to continue being a part of a team.”
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