Kayla Schroeher’s name was not inserted into the Springfield College women’s lacrosse starting lineup until opening day of the 2017 season – her junior year. Schroeher saw action as an underclassman a total of 19 times: 12 games in her freshman year, seven games in her sophomore year.
In those 19 contests she registered a total of six goals and eight points. The start of junior year was originally shaping out to be another tepid season of goal scoring. She scored none as a starter in her first four games, and two goals in her first seven.
But then, on the doorstep of April, Schroeher caught fire against Wellesley. She converted three of her four free position shots, and finished the game with a career high seven goals. From an opponent’s standpoint, Schroeher’s confidence has been dangerously high since. Following a contest where she virtually carried the Pride’s offense to a win over the Blue (seven of the 15 team goals scored), the third year attacking midfielder would, literally, not miss through the team’s next three contests. Schroeher shot 100 percent between April 2 and April 8. Five goals against MIT – five shots. One goal on one shot versus Coast Guard, four on four against Mount Holyoke. Since the MIT tilt, she has collected one assist in each game. In her most recent start versus Westfield State, she fell just one short of tying her career high in goals with six on the day.
The surge has helped Springfield remain undefeated against conference opponents, and has helped revive the Pride after a rough 3-4 month of March. As her squad turns the corner towards its final four regular season games of the year, Schroeher’s totals sit at 29 points and 25 goals – second behind only Shelby Corsano. Schroeher has been the epitome of the mantra “trust the process” in 2017.