By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/9/09
Katie Geary, who helped the Red Raiders go 23-0 and win the District 1 Class AAA crown last season, said playing with her sister will be a thrill.
“The whole time I really wanted to go somewhere else,” she said. “But the academics are so strong at William and Mary and they have a new pre-med program that has always interested me. I also went to camp there and fell in love with everything.
“My sister is such a stellar goalie. I am so excited to learn from her. The position is still new to me.”
Geary did not start playing goalie until her sophomore year at Radnor. That year Emily was a member of the World Champion U.S. Under-19 Team and an Under Armour High School All-American. Last year Emily earned second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors as the starter at William and Mary.
Katie, meanwhile, emerged last year as an honorable mention All-Central League goalie while helping the Raiders win the league crown and take their first district title since 2003. Still, she feels she is young in terms of experience.
“Coach (Phyllis) Kilgour asked me to jump in the net and for me it worked out better than being on the field,” Geary said “ I’m not worried about fighting with (Emily) for the starting job. She is amazing athlete; she has come so far to be one of the top goalies in the nation right now. Also, we play a very different game; we will be able to help the team in different ways.
“All that matters is being on the same team with her. They are growing as a team there, that’s why I chose to go to William and Mary. The team is up and coming, and Emily has so much to teach me.”
Geary now will play an even bigger role for Radnor, which graduated a large and talented senior class.
“Last year was amazing,” Geary said., “We’re practicing twice as hard now. Teams will want to come out and kill us. We opnly have three seniors this year, but we have a really strong junior class that is stepping up. We’re not comparing ourselves to last year; we just want to come out strong.”