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October 11, 2012

Keefe continues record-setting field hockey career

Keefe continues record-setting field hockey career

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Last season, Keefe delivered her record-setting campaign with her 33 goals. She scored at least one goal in all but three games, including four hat tricks and four more multi-goal games.

“Last year, my job was to just be on the left post all the time and knock the ball into the net. It was just shooting. This year my role is different. I used to play left wing, and now I am an ‘inner.’ Now my goal is to come out more and help on the left and right side. Now I play all over the place.”

While her role may be different this season, the results have been the same. She had scored 11 goals for the 9-1-1 Golden Warriors, including hat tricks in victories over Central Catholic and Lowell.

And her goals are far from meaningless tallies.

“She gets the job done when we need it done,” said Noone. “She has a great knack for scoring, and she does it with two or three girls following her all the time. Her hockey and lacrosse skills have transferred very easily to field hockey.”

Keefe’s goal-scoring abilities are far from limited to field hockey, as she has excelled as a three-sport star in the era of specializing.

In lacrosse, she scored 39 goals last spring, finishing third for the powerhouse Golden Warriors, behind just a pair of college scholarship players in Ally Fazio (UConn) and Anne Farnham (UMass Amherst).

She has also been a four-year standout for the ice hockey team, scoring 14 goals a season ago, and both sports feed into her success in field hockey.

“I started playing ice hockey in the fourth grade,” she said. “I actually played soccer until the seventh grade but didn’t like it. So I picked up a field hockey stick, and the stick skills helped a lot. But it was weird to only use one side of the stick.

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