East Islip alumna Katelyn Koslosky, now a Delaware State University freshman, has found a way to successfully meet her academic goals while shining as a rookie goalkeeper for the university’s women’s soccer team.
At one point, Koslosky was ranked fourth nationally in total saves for Division I goalkeepers. Another highlight of her freshman year at DSU was being named Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 24, 2011. At the end of the season, she ranked 24th in total saves (seventh among freshmen), first in the Great West Conference for goalies in total saves and saves per game, and second in goals against average and save percentage.
"She is a talented goalie and for her to be doing as well as she is as a starting freshman, means there are great things for her and our team in the future,” DSU head coach Nitan Soni said earlier in the season.
“I was so happy to have been able to come right in as a freshman and play right away and contribute immediately,” Koslosky said. “I felt rewarded for all the hard work and training that I put in for so many years to earn a scholarship.”
Koslosky is enjoying the academic challenge as well, and has some specific advice for current students at East Islip regarding the college experience. “Something I’ve learned that I would like them to know is that it is crucial to do well in high school to prepare for the heavy workload of college,” she explained. “For me the transition was difficult, being a Division I athlete and full-time student. It takes awhile to get it all together, but when it does come together, it’s that much more rewarding. It is an incredible experience to go away to college, and I am looking forward to getting Year One under my belt.”