Kathryn Ehrlinger, Island Trees senior, has committed to play women’s lacrosse at Dominican College next fall. Ehrlinger plays goalie for FLG’s 2021 girl’s team and for Island Trees varsity. She says the sport has taught her not only skill, but teamwork and respect. After her junior season was cut short due to coronavirus concerns, Ehrlinger is ready to finish what she started last spring.
Q: What about Dominican College and its lacrosse program helped you decide it was the right school for you?
A: After touring and meeting with Coach Rob, I could tell Dominican College was the right fit for me. His goals for the lacrosse program were extremely impressive. I knew immediately it was something I wanted to be apart of. Dominican is the perfect fit for me academically and athletically.
Q: How did you get into lacrosse and how long have you been playing for?
A: I started playing lacrosse when I was seven. Interestingly, a friend had told me about her team and I’ve loved the game ever since.
Q: When you’re not on the lacrosse field, what else are you likely to spend your time doing?
A: When I’m not playing lacrosse, I usually spend my time playing music, playing golf, or spending time with my family and friends.
Q: Who’s your biggest role model either in the sport or outside of lacrosse?
A: My biggest role model is my late teacher and coach, Mr. Haggerty. Hags taught me so much about hard work and giving everything I do my all. The lessons he taught me have always been important to me but now more than ever since he passed away in March.
Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?
A: Something I can’t live without is probably my teammates. My teammates from FLG have become some of my best friends and I love spending time with them on and off the field.
Q: What is your go-to iPhone app?
A: My go-to iPhone apps are probably TikTok or Snapchat because it’s an easy way to communicate with my friends.
Q: Have you always played goalie? What about this position has made you stick to it?
A:I started playing goalie my second season playing lacrosse. Honestly, I chose to stick with it because I loved the rush of making a big save and getting the ball down the field for my teammates.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about the next upcoming season?
A: This upcoming season, I’m most looking forward to finishing what my team started last year when our season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Q: Are there any particular coaches or teammates that have taught you valuable lessons about the sport of lacrosse or life that you frequently keep in mind?
A: I’ve been really lucky to have always had such great coaches and teammates. My first coach ever, Mike Quinn, taught me how to love the sport. My first-year FLG coaches, Brianna Wilson and Nicole DiGregorio, taught me a lot. They taught me about team chemistry, respect, and the importance of playing for your teammates. This is something I keep in mind frequently. It applies to all things outside of lacrosse and i’m forever grateful for everything they’ve taught me.
Q: How has your time playing for FLG helped you improve your game? Or helped you get to play on a collegiate level?
A: My time at FLG helped me improve my game tremendously. They’ve given me such smart and skilled coaches. Including my trainer, Lisa Christiansen, and my coach, Dawn Sachs. Both really helped me bring my game to the next level. FLG was a really big help as well through my recruiting process and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help.