NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- New Providence senior Kaitlyn Cumiskey is a three sport athlete who ran cross-country in the fall, a starter on the Pioneers' girls basketball team, and what would have been a four-year starter for the girls lacrosse team. Cumiskey will continue to play lacrosse for University of Pennsylvania.
"Kaitlyn [Cumiskey] is the best player to come through our program in my 10 years coaching at New Providence High School," said New Providence girls head lacrosse coach Jennifer Henry. "I am never at a loss for incredible things to say about Kaitlyn because of her graciousness and passion as an athlete in whatever sport she is playing."
Kailtyn's role is more than just her versatility on both sides of the field, the all-time leading scorer, a four-year varsity starter, or a talented draw specialist, said Henry. She could have continued to list all of Cumiskey's field accomplishments, however, Coach Henry found herself speaking about what type of person Cumiskey is, which includes poise, judgment, and respect for her teammates and coaches. "Kaitlyn has helped transform the culture of the program, and she will be dearly missed in our program," said Henry.
As a junior, Cumiskey led all New Jersey girls lacrosse players in scoring with 112 goals. "My favorite memory would have to be our last game against Oak Knoll last year because I scored my 300th goal and even though we lost we all had so much fun playing together and now looking back at it as being my last high school lacrosse game ever it was a very special way to end my high school career with my teammates."
If she could have finished out a senior season, Cumiskey would have added to her impressive school records for career points (383) and goals (301). New Providence has won the NJIGLL Independence Conference championship in each of the last three seasons dating back to Cumiskey's freshman season on the varsity.
"Wearing an NP uniform means that you are a hardworking and dedicated student athlete both on the field and in the classroom," said Cumiskey. "Even if you aren’t having the best game you still show sportsmanship and help cheer on your teammates."
TAPinto: A favorite youth memory in the sport?
Kaitlyn: The best part was being able to form many friendships with people from different towns. We all grew up playing lacrosse together and became so close. This made playing against each other in high school so much more fun and made us create more memories after we stopped playing together.
TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of isolation?
Kaitlyn: It’s been tough because all I want to do is be on the field with my teammates. However, I’ve been using this time to build up my strength and stay positive. I’ve also been trying to get outside every day to work on my lacrosse skills, so I’m ready to play at the next level in the fall.
TAPinto: What will the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?
Kaitlyn: I will definitely set up a day when my teammates and I can go on the turf and have a fun day full of scrimmages, fun lacrosse related games and water balloon fights just like we would’ve done during the season.
Coach Henry had the following message for all seven of her senior players: "These seven players truly are an amazing group of young women. All of them are kind and supportive to one another, strive to be competitive on and of the field, and have been the most cohesive, respectful, entertaining group of players I have been fortunate to coach while at New Providence High School."
Editor's Note: New Providence High School closed its doors for the school year in mid-March, corresponding with the declaration of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In early May the NJSIAA confirmed that the entire spring sports season would be canceled statewide.TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published. Seniors, click here for form.
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