By MIKE SMITH
Rising Eagles’ senior Katie Feigenbaum has committed to play for St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., after she graduates from Eastchester High School in June 2015.
Over the last three years, Feigenbaum has emerged as one of the premier goalies in the area and hopes to continue her career with the Spartans, which is one of the top 30 Division II programs in the
Feigenbaum has made over 550 saves in her career for the Eagles and helped lead the squad to an undefeated league record in 2014. A two-time All-League selection, she said she began her college search in earnest about 18 months ago. Looking for a school that would challenge her both academically and athletically, Feigenbaum said it wasn’t long before she was turned on to St. Thomas Aquinas.
“I saw that the school had a really good pre-law track and I went to a lacrosse game and loved the feel of how the team played and interacted with each other,” she said. “And I took a walk around campus and loved it.”
Last season, the Spartans finished with an overall record of 12-5 and reached the semifinals of the East Coast Conference, where they lost to Dowling College.
Although her college decision is made, Feigenbaum is adamant that she won’t rest on her laurels as she gets ready for next season. In addition to playing for her club team, House of Sports, she competed in the Guardian Women’s National Goalie Championships on July 23 and 24 in Pennsylvania. The two-day event featured several top prep goalies competing for the title in a variety of drills and also offered the goalies a chance for premium instruction from some of the preeminent goalie coaches in the country.
Although Feigenbaum looked forward to competing, she also said she relished the opportunity to play along to other elite netminders and possibly learn a trick or two.
“There’s always a different playing style,” she said. “So, if I learn something here, maybe I can use it, see if it works.”
Ultimately, Feigenbaum said, the goal is to return to Eastchester for her senior season an even stronger player as she and the Eagles look to improve upon a solid 2014 campaign.
“I always want to give 110 percent; I don’t want to be content,” Feigenbaum said. “Last year, we were undefeated in league and that was a first, but this year we don’t want to lose in that first playoff game; we want to keep on winning.”