VILLANOVA, Pa. – Katie Comerford, a 2016 Yorktown graduate, has enjoyed a historic career at Villanova University, which includes being the school’s all-time leader in points.
She recorded her school-record 184th-career point, in a 12-9 win at Navy on Feb. 22, against what was then the No. 16 team, in the country
She tallied the historic point when she scored an unassisted goal into an empty net with just one second left before halftime, after being fouled by Navy goalkeeper Abbi Young, to give Villanova a 9-5 lead at the half.
She passed Shannon O’Neil, who had the previous record of 183 points, which had been the school record since the 1997 season.
Comerford’s record-breaking goal was even more sweet coming in victory against a top-ranked team. It was Villanova’s first win over Navy since 2014, ending a five-game losing streak against the Midshipmen.
Comerford’s name stands alone in the record brooks, but the Yorktown alum said the feat wouldn’t have been possible without her teammates.
“I am definitely proud of this accomplishment, but I view it as a team accomplishment,” said Comerford, a senior, who plays attack. “Breaking the record against such a reputable team made it that much better. We played with a lot of heart. It was a great win.”
Comerford tallied 3 goals and 5 points in a 13-11 triumph against visiting Temple on March 11.
For Comerford, it meant a lot to play as well as she did against a city (Philadelphia) rival in what was her final game of the season and maybe, her college career.
“We knew that we needed to play with discipline against Temple, because not only are they a skilled team, but we were due for a win,” Comerford said. “I was not aware that this would be my last game of the season, but I’m happy we went out with strong play, offensively, and defensively.”
The victory against Temple was the last contest of Villanova’s season, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Naturally, when Comerford, who this season led Villanova in goals (20), and was second on the team in points (26), found out that the rest of the Wildcats’ season was canceled, she was disappointed, but understood why the decision had to be made.
“Unfortunately, our head coach (Julie Young), shared the news that our season was over in the evening after our practice,” Comerford said. “I was devastated because no senior athlete deserves to end their season on such an abrupt note. With that said, it was necessary with the coronavirus escalating as quickly as it has.”
Comerford said her career at Villanova was made even more special by the people she met along the way.
“I really appreciate all of the relationships I have made over the years,” Comerford said. “I’ve met friends for life, thanks to Villanova.”
Team-wise, the biggest highlight in Comerford’s eyes is the improvement she made from her freshman season to her junior campaign.
“What I am most proud of is contributing to the turnaround of a 4-12, program to a 10-8 program in three years,” Comerford said. “I really believe Villanova will continue on this course.”
As for Comerford’s future, that is up in the air. She does have the option of playing one more year at Villanova, as the NCAA is going to grant an extra year of eligibility to spring athletes due to their season being canceled.
“I am considering the extra year of eligibility, as I am exploring my options,” Comerford said. “As much as I would love to go back and play another year with my friends, there are many factors to consider for such a decision.”
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