Temple Field Hockey goalkeeper Erin Conroy is quickly making a name for herself.
In a span of two days, Conroy, a junior, was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference co-player of the week after posting impressive performances against Ball State and No. 9 Iowa.
She stopped 31 of the 34 shots she faced in those two games.
“Erin’s outstanding performance is keeping us in games,” Owls coach Lauren Fuchs said. “She’s been doing exactly what we need her to do in order for us to win, and we can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Conroy has posted a .860 save percentage to help her team to a 4-6 record.
Conroy played in only six games with a 3.38 goals against average last season and appeared in 17 games with a 2.06 goals against average as a freshman.
She also played in the United States Field Hockey Association in Philadelphia over the summer.
Now a full-time starter, Conroy feels the mental exercises she worked on this past summer are starting to pay off in game situations.
“The best thing I did over the off-season is work on my mental game,” she said. “I stress the fact that I need to focus-in on the basics, and attempt to learn from every game we play so I can improve more and more.”
Conroy also credits her teammates for her success.
“Playing with such a talented group of girls is always an honor, and helps me concentrate on what I need to accomplish to help the team win,” she said.
Temple goaltending coach Jennifer Rinella had high praise for her netminder.
“I believe that Erin is without a doubt one of the top-five goalies in the country right now,” Rinella said. “She is constantly focused, and her progression from freshman year has been astounding.”
David Gunning can be reached at DGunn11@temple.edu