ATH: Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight - Kathleen Mikowski
Courtesy: Hofstra Athletic Communications
Hempstead, NY - Each week, leading up to the 2013 Hall of Fame Dinner on April 13, GoHofstra.com will feature one of the seven individuals and two teams being inducted in the Class of 2013. Today Kathleen Mikowski of the women's lacrosse team is highlighted.
"I recruited Kathleen in her senior year of high school. She was by far the best high school girls lacrosse player on Long Island at the time. Everyone wanted her. At first she committed to Loyola and I was disappointed to say the least. Then out of nowhere I get a phone call asking if she can come to Hofstra because she didn't want to be away from her family. Needless to say Kathleen's big family of 14 soon became our family also. What do you say about a woman who was a program changing athlete for Hofstra Women's Lacrosse? Kathleen was the real deal - she used her athleticism, game sense and pure power to become one of the best players in the country." - Carie Bodo, Hofstra Women's Lacrosse Coach (1988-2001)
A women's lacrosse student-athlete for four years (2000-03) and a three-year (1999-01) member of the women's soccer team, Mikowski was a two-time All-American on the lacrosse field and is Hofstra's all-time leading scorer with 240 points.
She ranks first in career goals with 183, fifth in assists with 57 and second with 148 ground balls. Her 57 goals during the 2003 season rank as the highest single season mark in Pride women's lacrosse history.
One of just four players in program history to earn All-America honors twice, she was also a three-time all-region and All-America East selection as well as the 2000 America East Rookie of the Year.
As a midfielder on the soccer team, Mikowski recorded four goals and five assists in her three seasons.
Mikowski is a two-time recipient of the Dr. Nathalie J. Smith Award as Hofstra's Female Athlete of the Year, winning in 2002 and 2003. She was also named the Women's Lacrosse Most Valuable Player following her senior campaign.
A native of New Hyde Park, NY, Kathleen and her husband, Sean, have two children - Sean and Aiden. She has taught health education and physical education in the Baldwin School District for the past nine years, and has also coached both soccer and lacrosse on the varsity and middle school level.
Next week's Inductee Spotlight: Greg Polli, Baseball