By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/15/12
Haverford High senior midfielder Katrina Geiger has been named the Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Co-Player of the Year for 2012.
Geiger, who shares the honor with Garnet Valley’s Allyson Heavens, had 117 goals and 41 assists and was the focal point of a team that went 11-8 overall and advanced to the District 1 playoffs.
Geiger, who established all-time career school marks for goals (320), assists (117) and points (437), was named a US Lacrosse All-American and also an Under Armour All-American. She also was named to compete later this month in the US Lacrosse 2012 Champion® All-American Showcase at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This fall Geiger will head to Loyola University.
Perhaps Geiger’s most prestigious honor was having her No. 8 jersey retired at the Haverford High team banquet.
“She has made Haverford Lacrosse what it is today,” said Haverford high coach Nancy McGoldrick. “She was the Team MVP for four years running and voted captain her junior and senior years by upperclassmen.
“She is a teacher of the game to our young players as well as seasoned veterans. She inspires by her play on the field and she plays for the TEAM and not her personal glory. Katrina plays the whole 100 yards of the field and plays as much defense and midfield as she does attack! She is the ultimate team player!”
Geiger’s brilliance never led to a championship or a deep trip to the playoffs. But she did help Haverford High improve drastically from his freshman year when the Fords were 6-13.
“I think seeing us improve from freshman year – when we were close to last place – to this year when we were the top of the middle – that shows we have worked hard and pushed for it the last few years. I think we had a great team.”
Geiger thanked her teammates and coaches for her success, but also made a special thank you to her parents, Alan and Kathleen – who was an All-American at Lansdowne-Aldan High and Temple University when it was a national champion in the 1980s and serves as an assistant at league rival Springfield-Delco.
How did Geiger see her role at Haverford High? She understood she needed to score a lot of goals for her team to win against top teams in the Central League, but she simply tried to do whatever was needed to help the team win.
“I would do whatever it was needed for us to win,” she said. “If it meant scoring goals or hustling on D, that’s what I tried to do. I would do anything.
“I think the most important thing was never to give up. If you’re not winning all your games, you just have to work to get better. That’s all you can do.”
Monday, July 16 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Co-Players of the Year
Tuesday, July 17 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ and Girls’ Team Coaches of Year, High Honorable Mention selections
Wednesday, July 18 – Philylacrosse.com Boys’ Attackmen, Girls’ Attack-Midfield
Thursday, July 19 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Midfielders/LSM, Girls’ Midfielders 1
Friday, July 20 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Defensemen, Girls’ Midfielders 2
Saturday, July 21 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Goalies/FO, Girls’ Defenders, Goalies
Sunday, July 22 – Phillylacrosse.com Boys’, Girls’ High Honorable Mention teams
Monday, July 23 – Phillylacrosse.com South Jersey Boys’, Girls’ teams
Tuesday, July 24, Phillylacrosse.com northern Delaware Boys’ team, Girls’ Players of Year
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