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 Carolyn Cahill
Carolyn  Cahill
Assistant Coach, Goalkeepers

Alma Mater:
Bentley College ('00)


Field Hockey Downs UMass in Home Opener

Junior Leah Settipane records second shutout of the season

Carolyn Cahill is in her 10th season as an assistant coach on the Boston College staff. She is responsible for all aspects of coaching the Eagles' goalkeepers. She also runs the Goalkeeping Academy at Boston College, which takes place in June.

In her career, four of the six goalies Cahill has coached have earned All-America accolades. At BC, three goalies have amassed five NFHCA All-Northeast Region awards, an All-American honor, two All-ACC accolades and an All-ACC Tournament honor.

Cahill tackled a new challenge in 2012 as she prepared a freshman goalkeeper for Atlantic Coast Conference play. The experienced coach trained Leah Settipane to face nine nationally-ranked opponents. The newcomer recorded a league-high 87 saves, 4.58 saves per game and was second with four shutouts. Her .702 save percentage was third among conference goalie. In 2013, Settipane recorded an ACC-best 6.50 saves per game and was second with 130 total saves. She also tied for second in the conference with four shutouts and ranked second with a .774 save percentage. The sophomore goalkeeper, under Cahill's tutelage, ranked 10th on BC's single-season saves list and tied for 10th for single-season shutouts while her career 1.92 goals-against average ranks sixth in BC record books, her career .743 save percentage ranks eighth and her eight career shutouts ranks sixth.

In 2011, Cahill tutored senior goalkeeper Nicole Barry, who started all 19 games for the Eagles and logged a career-high 1241:20 minutes in goal. She made 75 saves during the season, including a career-high nine against Dartmouth on Oct. 23, to total a .664 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average (GAA).

Under Cahill's guidance, Kristine Stigas took over as BC's starting goalie in 2009. She finished the season with a 2.35 GAA and registered two shutouts. Stigas received NFHCA Second-Team All-Region. In 2010, Stigas allowed just 27 goals in 19 games, good for a 1.44 GAA. She added another five shutouts to her career statistics to move into fourth place in the school's all-time record book.

Before Stigas, Cahill coached Julia Berkowitz, an All-American in 2007 and three-time NFHCA All-Region honoree. She finished her career with a 1.78 GAA, fifth-best in BC history, and nine career shutouts, also good for fifth on BC's all-time list. In 2006, her six shutouts tied for fourth on the program's single-season record list.

In the summer of 2010, Cahill served as the goalie coach for the Junior New England High Performance Team that competed at the Field Hockey National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.

Before Boston College, Cahill served as the head field hockey coach at Merrimack College from 2002-04, where she doubled her wins over a two-year period. An active member of the NFHCA, she was also a member of the Division II All-America selection committee. Prior to her post at Merrimack, she served as an assistant to Lamb at Yale, from 2000-02. While with the Bulldogs, Cahill oversaw starting goalie Krissy Nesburg, an All-American who received First-Team All-Ivy League honors for two consecutive seasons and ranks fourth on Yale's career GAA list (1.49).

Cahill was a four-year starter at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. She finished her career with a 0.85 GAA, 47 shutouts and an overall 69-19 career record, ranking fourth all-time in Bentley history. She was named Bentley's 2000 Female Athlete of the Year and the 1999 Northeast-10 Goalie of the Year. While with the Falcons, she won four Northeast-10 Conference championships and played in the 1999 NCAA Championship game. She was a three-time Division II All-American and still holds the school record for career shutouts and shutouts in a season (14).

Cahill graduated from Bentley in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in management. She is currently a real estate agent in her hometown of Milton, Mass.

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