Former Richmond Strikers travel soccer and ECNL player, Meghan Hegarty, recently finished playing her impressive collegiate career at the Naval Academy. Hegarty helped Navy to a 16-4-1 season and was rewarded with postseason accolades for her important role in the Midshipmen’s midfield.
Meghan played her whole club career for the Strikers, starting from a young age playing through the ADP, travel and ECNL programs. She is also a 2014 graduate of Freeman High School.
Highlighting Meghan’s awards from the 2017 season was the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American of the Year for Division I women’s soccer. Meghan was selected for both her outstanding performance on the field and her academics in the classroom. She was named the 2017 Patriot League Midfielder of the Year, starting all 21 games as a defensive midfielder. Meghan contributed to the team with two goals and four assists while helping post 13 shutouts. Navy went 8-0-1 in conference play and earned the Patriot League regular season title.
Off the field, Meghan has a 3.97 GPA in Operations Research and ranks 20th in the Naval Academy Overall order of Merit. After graduation in May, Meghan will serve in the Navy Medical Corps with an interest in dentistry.
“This was a tremendous year for our team. I was proud to represent the Naval Academy as we had one of the best seasons in recent history," Meghan Hegarty said when asked about her season. "While we didn't win the league tournament and reach our ultimate goal of going to the NCAAs, I know I can speak for my teammates that this year was amazing and I will miss being a part of the team. I couldn't have asked for a better senior year and end of my playing career on the field and in the classroom. Winning the Academic All-American of the Year award is a great honor that means so much to me especially when considering the great competition that I was up against on the ballot."
Executive Director of the Strikers Jay Howell, who coached Meghan's U19 team, said. "All of us are very proud of Meghan - The Strikers congratulate Meghan on her fantastic time with Navy Soccer and her many individual achievements. Meghan is committed to excellence, we know she will continue to great things in the Navy Medical Corps."
The Strikers alum picked up several more awards for her season including:
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year
2017 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women's All-East Region First Team
2017 Patriot League Midfielder of the Year
2017 All-Patriot League First Team
2017 Patriot League All-Academic Team