name is Kayleigh Summers and I am a senior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School
in Pennsauken, NJ. For the past fourteen years, my true passion has been playing
soccer. During a soccer game in late September, my nose was broken in sixteen places
after an opposing players’ knee slammed into my face. I was told that I wouldn’t
be back on the field for 6-8 weeks, which was devastating news. I was the senior
captain on the returning state championship team and to think I was out for the season
was more than I could take.
Fortunately, I received a call from a member of the boys’
soccer team who told me about the possibility of getting a mask made by Mr. Jeremy Murray
at Michigan Sports & Rehab Center. I was so excited that I had my mother contact Mr. Murray
immediately. After that first phone call, things moved very quickly. Mr. Murray walked us
through, step by step, everything we had to do in order to get me back playing.
Because I live so far from Michigan, Mr. Murray researched where I could have my mask
template made, while also researching the New Jersey State Athletic Association’s
rules and regulations for masks. The entire process went so smoothly that I was back
on the field in just 3 weeks. Mr. Murray’s instructions on wearing and adjusting the
mask were thorough and easy to follow. The mask fit perfectly and I played with
it for the rest of the season and throughout the playoffs.
Mr. Murray was in constant
contact with my mother and me even after he knew that the mask fit.
Although Mr. Murray never met me, it was obvious how much he truly cared.
My senior soccer season was saved because of Mr. Murray and I can now look
forward to playing at the college level. I can’t thank him enough for getting
me back on the field.
Athlete of The Month
Jacobson Selected as Ivy League's Co-Rookie of the Week
Jacobson earned Harvard's first Ivy League award of the season (photo Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman defender Elizabeth Jacobson of the Harvard field hockey team was tabbed Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The newcomer tallied the first assist and goal of her career over the last seven days. Jacobson shared the award with Brown's Alexis Miller, who also had a goal and an assist.
Jacobson started the week with an assist in Harvard's 4-1 win over Bryant Sept. 24. She sent a pass into the middle of the circle where Noel Painter redirected it into the goal to seal the Crimson's victory in the second half.
After contributing to Harvard's first Ivy League victory of the season, a 1-0 shutout of Brown Sept. 29, Jacobson scored her first career goal versus Quinnipiac Sept. 30. With Harvard trailing 1-0 in the first half, the Branchburg, N.J., native took a pass from Bridget McGillivray and sent it to the back of the cage to even the score. Jacobson wrapped her stick around the back side of a Quinnipiac defender on the right side of the cage, as McGillivray crossed the ball from the left to pull the Bobcat's goalie out of position and allow Jacobson to put the ball across the line. To watch video of the goal, click here.
The award is the first of Jacobson's career and Harvard's first Ivy League honor of the season. The last time a Crimson player had won a Rookie of the Week award was Oct. 25 of last season, when Noel Painter was chosen.