Field hockey junior enters Slippery Rock record books

Published by adviser, Author: Cody Nespor - Assistant Sports Editor, Date: November 4, 2015
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With the scored tied 2-2 in the first overtime period against Limestone College on a sunny afternoon at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, junior field hockey forward Megan McKay forever wrote her name into the Slippery Rock history books with a game-winning goal that broke three long-standing program records.

McKay’s overtime goal, her third of the game, marked not only the sixth win of the season for The Rock field hockey team but also McKay’s 16th goal of the season, her 37th point of the season and her 54th career point. All three marks are new highs for the Slippery Rock field hockey team. McKay said she did not even realize that she had broken all three records at first, she was just trying to help the team win.

“When I did realize what had happened it was definitely an amazing feeling and I’m honored to be in the record books next to really amazing players,” McKay said. “My ultimate goal is to get into the PSAC playoffs and eventually win the whole thing.”

SRU head coach Julie Swiney thinks McKay stepped up and became the legitimate goal scorer that the team needed her to be.

“I think she just wants to score. She has that desire to put the ball in the back of the net and she will do anything to accomplish that,” Swiney said. “I think she really leads by example by working hard at practice and by playing at speed all the time. It was a huge asset to have a goal scorer this year that was able to step up and take on that role.”

McKay led The Rock in all major offensive categories with 16 goals, six assists, 38 points, 71 shots, and 47 shots on goal. She also was tied for fourth in the entire PSAC in both goals and points and tied for sixth in total assists. She was named to first-team all-PSAC Thursday.

McKay will return for her final season at The Rock in 2016 with one goal in mind; to bring a championship to Slippery Rock.

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