O’Brien, Katie


Molloy Women’s Lacrosse Team Welcomes Back Winters

Many of the world’s greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But what if an injury prevented you from participating in what you loved. Would you let it win or fight back?

Red-shirt junior goalie, Caroline Winters (Baldwin, N.Y.) of the Molloy College Women’s Lacrosse team, has returned in the net after suffering through an ACL injury last season. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Winters is among one of the many athletes who has suffered through an ACL injury. According to uslacrosse.org, “there are 150,000 ACL injuries annually in the United States.”

Winters faced this traumatic affliction before the start of the 2014 season with the Molloy Lions. “I was shocked and so upset when it happened. I immediately thought about my team. I felt like I was letting them down.” explained Winters. This specific injury is one in which takes some time to recover. An athlete must undergo surgery to repair the knee. Then soon after that, the recovery process can begin. On average, the road to recovery can take up to six months or more. “I just wanted to be back on the field. My team needed me in the net” states Winters.

Photo by: Katie O'Brien

Photo by: Katie O’Brien

After surgery and months of rehabilitation, Winters was ready to take the 2016 season by storm. With enthusiasm in her voice and excitement in her eyes she explains, “I was confident in my recovery. I was ready to be back on the field to prove to everyone that I overcame this injury. I didn’t let my ACL injury overcome me!”

On February 28th, The Molloy Lions began their 2016 season welcoming Winters back in the net. The maroon and white would go on to defeat the St. Michael’s Knights 12-9. Winters immediately made an everlasting impression with an 11-save performance to help the lions pick up a victory. Captain and Teammate, Kelsey Dougherty (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y) adding, “It was great having Caroline back in the net. She had some unbelievable saves that really helped us achieve our goal! It’s almost like she was never gone!”

Winters has been named to the East Coast Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the second consecutive week. The most recent award came on Monday (Mar. 7) in a release from the conference office.

According to molloylions.com, “Winters put forth a courageous effort in goal for the maroon and white in three contests this past week. In total, the junior net-minder made 48 saves over the three-game span. She stopped 18 shots against No. 4 New Haven on Thursday and then had a 19-save victory over American International on Friday. Winters is currently tops among all goalkeepers in the ECC with 59 total saves and has the fourth-best save percentage (57.8%) in the conference statistics as well.”

Winters and the rest of the Molloy Women’s Lacrosse team will be hosting their first ECC game versus Roberts Wesleyan College on Saturday, March 12th at 12pm. For more information on goalie Caroline Winters and the other members of the Molloy Women’s Lacrosse team please visit molloylions.com.

Be sure to check out Caroline Winters Picture Slideshow !!