By Chris Goldberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 10/16/11
Northport senior goalie Meaghan Kollmeier has made a verbal commitment to play Division I lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts.
Meaghan Kollmeier log:
High School: Northport Senior High School
Graduation Year: 2012
College Choice: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Club Affiliation: Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets
Major lacrosse honors: MVP Defense Louisville University Camp 2010, All Galaxy Tournament Team: Honorable Mention, Long Island Metro Team 2; 2010, Long Island Metro Team 3; 2011, All-County Unsung Hero 2011, NY State Champions 2011; member of team that won state Class A title game over Pittsford, 11-10, in 2 OTs in 2011.
Academic honors: Junior National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Business Honor Society, Honor Roll, Academy of Finance, Locks for Love, Relay for Life, Students Against Destructive Decisions, High School Heroes, Diabetes Walks (JDRF), Internship at Long Island Stuttering and Speech Pathology. Volunteered at Northport US Veterans Affairs Hospital, Selected for American Legion Student Award
What will you major in/study? Sports Management
Why did you choose school? “I chose the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for several different reasons. When I was first looking at colleges, The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is one of the best schools for their Sports Management Major. Speaking with Coach (Angela) McMahon, Coach (Sarah) Albrecht and Coach (Eileen) Finn also helped me make my decision to go to UMass.
“Getting along with my coaches was a big deciding factor when it came to choosing a college, and Coach McMahon, Coach Albrecht and Coach Finn have made me feel so welcome into their program. All of the players have made me feel welcome as well, and I am looking forward to becoming part of the Team. Watching these women play makes me realize that I will be very happy to become a part of this team.
“The size and location of the school were very important, I personally wanted a bigger school and given the location of UMass I can be away from home but I still have the ability to drive home when I want or when my schedule allows it. Whenever I’m on campus though, I get very happy and excited to be there. I never felt that way with other colleges that I looked at and that’s what truly helped me choose UMass as the school for me.”
What is your HS team’s outlook for next year? “My high school team and I are very excited about starting this upcoming season. We have already started practicing to improve your strength and our stick skills. We are training hard and working hard to become stronger, faster and even more dominant on the field. Not only is our Coach proud of our achievements last season, our team could not be any happier with what we accomplished. This Season we will work to keep the State Championship in Northport. It is our goal to be number one in New York State and we are all determined to achieve that spot again.”
Other comments: “Lacrosse-wise I would not be the player today without the great coaches I had through my high school or travel team. Coach (Carol) Rose has been a major force to help to my lacrosse career. When she sees things through game tapes or at practice, Coach Rose works with me on it everyday at practice until I have mastered that specific skill. Coach Rose is truly committed to our team and to the sport of lacrosse and I hope that if I ever become a coach I can bring some of her traits into my coaching.
“Also my Yellow Jackets Coach, Coach (Kathy) Wright has also helped shaped me what kind of player I am today, but she has also taught me so many lessons on how to be a good person. Coach Wright was always the first one to give me a compliment or a pat on the back regardless of if it was a good or bad game. Coach Wright always made the team happy and excited to play the game of lacrosse. She showed me that loving the sport of lacrosse very important as well as what the scoreboard read.
“I’d also like to thank my parents because of their commitment to my athletic career and the sport of lacrosse. For the past seven years my parents have traveled up and down the east coast so that I had the best opportunities to make every single tournament. Even through all of my complaining about missing birthday parties and family events, my parents packed me up and shipped me to all of the tournaments because they knew how much happier I become once I am on a lacrosse field, playing. They have also kept me focused academically. They stay engaged and support me in school as well.”