By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/15/13
Kaitlin Hildebrand has few regrets when looking back at her collegiate lacrosse career at Trinity College (Conn).
Sure, her Bantams fell to Salisbury, 12-5, in the NCAA Division III championship game in May. But she had nothing but fond memories
An attack from Conestoga, Hildebrand earned First Team IWLCA All-American honors this year and competed in the North-South All-Star Game in late May at Cabrini College. She also twice earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Academic honors.
Hildebrand, who had 37 goals and 21 assists, also was named to the Synapse Sports All-American First Team, the All-NESCAC First Team, and the IWLCA All-Berkshire Region First Team.
Her career highlights came the year before when she scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in Trinity’s 8-7 win over Salisbury (which had been undefeated and ranked No. 1) in the 2012 national championship game.
“I missed half the season because of a stress fracture so just coming back and contributing was awesome,” said Hildebrand. “My experience at Trinity couldn’t have been better. I loved the whole Division III experience. It was a really good choice.
“It was fun because every week you had a really hard team to play. That doesn’t happen in every other conference. Every week we knew we could lose (if we didn’t play well).
“Being able to compete and to win in that conference is hard. (NESCAC member) Middlebury made the Final Four the past two years.”
In this year’s NCAA championship game at Owings Mills, Md., Salisbury avenged its 2012 defeat to Trinity. Hildebrand said the loss was difficult, but felt it could not ruin a great season that saw the Bantams finish 21-1, sweep Middlebury and win their third straight NESCAC title.
“I think Salisbury was preparing for us the whole time and we were preparing for Cortland, our semifinal opponent,” she said. “They were ready for us.
“But we had an awesome season. They definitely outplayed us in the final game, but we wouldn’t let it define our season.”