Igoe Helps Lead Lacrosse to New Heights
April 13, 2012
Five years ago, Boston College's lacrosse team landed a star recruit in nearby Framingham, Mass. While expectations may have been high for the graduate student midfielder Kristin Igoe, it's safe to say that she's surpassed every single one.
In a recent game against then-No. 6 Duke, Igoe became the third Eagle to reach 200 career points, accomplishing the feat on the strength of four goals in a difficult 12-11 loss.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Igoe currently leads the No. 20 Eagles in goals (40) and points (50) through 14 games. The captain led the team in goals during her sophomore (40) and senior years (44) and has been in the top three in goals and points ever year. The 44 goals she scored last year, a total she is on pace to surpass, is third on BC's all-time single season list. She's also been named to the All-ACC team three years in a row.
More impressively, Igoe has been one of the key players in helping BC become competitive in the tough ACC conference. Last year, the Eagles made their first-ever NCAA tournament and had the No. 2 and No. 3 recruits in the country, current freshmen Covie Stanwick and Mikaela Rix, commit to play for them this year.
"Kristin has given a tremendous amount to this program over her five years," head coach Bowen Holden said. "When she was a freshman, we didn't even have a winning record. Now, we are a nationally-ranked program and earned a first ever bid to the NCAA tournament last year. There is no question Kristin's efforts on the field have brought this program to new heights."
And, in talking to Igoe, it becomes that this is what she is most proud of.
"That was my ultimate goal coming here: to help build a program," she said. "I feel like I've accomplished that. I mean, we still have more to go but it definitely makes me happy to think I've been able to accomplish that goal of helping this program get more competitive, win more games and play close games."
After missing her freshman year with a torn ACL, Igoe quickly proved that all of the hype surrounding her commitment was warranted. But her gaudy offensive numbers come more from her hard work than her natural ability. When she's not working on the cuts and stutter steps that make her so lethal and hard to defend, she's watching film of top programs like Northwestern.
"I would just sit in my bed at night if I was bored and would watch video clips of other great players," Igoe explained. "I feel like I learned from them and also obviously, from my coaching. [Associate head coach] Acacia Walker has taught me shooting techniques and dodging techniques I would never have known before."
While she's known for her offensive game, it would be unfair to discount how important she is to shutting down an opposing team's attack. She is currently tied for second in ACC play with an average of 1.31 caused turnovers a game (17 total) and first with an average of 2.62 ground balls per game (34 total). "I love playing defense," Igoe said. "It is an underrated position. In high school, I played basketball just for the defense, and that's where I learned all of my defensive stuff. I couldn't shoot, I couldn't do all that fancy stuff, but I could do defense and I brought that to lacrosse."
Since Igoe is a midfielder, she knows how to attack and defend. She explained that she can anticipate what attackers are going to do because she too can lead the attack. Holden will match her up against attackers who rely on dodging because she's one of the best in the game.
Igoe will tell you that her defensive game matters as much to her as her offensive prowess.
"Defense is the most important part of my game, and it's the best feeling when you get a caused turnover and put the ball up to your attackers," she noted.
"It's really special. My other two captains Brittany and Sammy make it so fun and we work really well together," Igoe explained. "It's a lot of hard work and I never knew it was going to be this hard. Mentally, there's so much more to being a captain that I never knew. It's definitely a great learning experience."
Even though her time at BC is drawing to a close, Igoe's lacrosse career is likely far from over. This summer, she is headed to Canada as a member of Team USA's touring team. If she's able to translate the success she's had at the college game to playing for her country, BC might have a representative on next year's World Cup team.
"I'll hopefully keep trying out and doing that for as long as I can," she said, with a laugh.
And, of course, Igoe's legacy will live on at BC long after she stops playing, given that she was one of the players who set in motion her team's rise to prominence.
Written by Jen Dobias