Boston College Goalkeeper Coach Cahill Retiring After 18 Years

March 09, 2018, 2:52 p.m. (ET)

Content and photo courtesy of BC Athletics/John Quackbenbos


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – After 18 years as a field hockey goalkeeper coach, including 14 at Boston College, Carolyn Cahill is retiring. She leaves the game as one of the most respected goalkeeping experts in the country.

In her career, four of the starting goalies Cahill coached earned All-America accolades. At BC, Eagles goalkeepers have earned two All-America honors, seven NFHCA All-Northeast Region nods, four All-ACC accolades and an All-ACC Tournament honor.

"I have been very fortunate to have Carolyn on my coaching staff for the last three years and I am forever grateful that she provided stability for the team and a sounding board for me, being a first-time head coach," BC head coach Kelly Doton said. "When the head coaching position transitioned from Ainslee to me, I wasn't sure if Carolyn was going to stay on staff. She had found a way to coach while becoming a very successful real estate agent. The fact that she showed up to practice and games the past 14 seasons as a volunteer coach is commendable. She didn't just impact her goalkeepers, but she left a lasting mark on the field players as well. Boston College was fortunate to have had Carolyn for so long and she will be missed."

Cahill came to The Heights with former BC head coach Ainslee Lamb in 2005 as was a constant fixture on the sidelines at Eagles games.

"It is clear when someone special dedicates herself to her passion. Coaching field hockey was that for Carolyn but representing BC at the same time was an honor and a privilege that she never took for granted and accepted with enthusiasm," Lamb said. "Carolyn unselfishly gave everything of herself to each player that she worked with. Her commitment to develop the player beyond the game consistently produced champions on the field, evident with the accolades each of the goalies she worked with were honored with. Her honesty, integrity and loyalty was cherished by all that she touched. I will forever be indebted to her for supporting me as a peer, a head coach and most importantly a dear friend."

Cahill guided Leah Settipane (2012-15) to a stellar four-year career, as she was named to the All-ACC and All-Northeast Region second teams as a junior and NFHCA Second-Team All-America and First-Team All-Region as a senior. Under Cahill's tutelage, Settipane finished her career as the winningest goalkeeper in BC history with 48 wins and ranked third all-time in career saves (469) and shutouts (15.1). Audra Hampsch (2013-16) stepped in after Settipane's graduation and earned both All-ACC honors and NFHCA All-Northeast Region accolades in 2016.

She mentored Julia Berkowitz (2005-08) to All-America honors in 2007, three NDHCA All-Northeast Region honors and two All-ACC awards. Berkowitz finished her career fifth in BC record books for career saves (305) and goals-against average (1.80). Cahill also tutored Kristine Stigas (2006-10), who earned NFHCA Second-Team All-Region honors and was seventh all-time with a 1.93 goals-against average.

"Carolyn was one of the most influential people in my life. She taught me not just about field hockey but-more importantly about how to be an adult," Berkowitz said. "She shaped who I am today and I am beyond lucky to have worked with her. I think about her words of advice often."

In the summer of 2010, Cahill served as the goalie coach for the Junior New England High Performance Team that competed at the Field Hockey National Championships in Virginia Beach, Va.

Before Boston College, Cahill served as the head field hockey coach at Merrimack College from 2002 to 2004, where she doubled her wins over a two-year period. An active member of the NFHCA, she was also a member of the Division II All-America selection committee. Prior to her post at Merrimack, she served as an assistant to Lamb at Yale, from 2000-02. While with the Bulldogs, Cahill oversaw starting goalie Krissy Nesburg, an All-American who received First-Team All-Ivy League honors for two consecutive seasons and ranks fourth on Yale's career GAA list (1.49).

Cahill was a four-year starter at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. She finished her career with a 0.85 GAA, 47 shutouts and an overall 69-19 career record, ranking fourth all-time in Bentley history. She was named Bentley's 2000 Female Athlete of the Year and the 1999 Northeast-10 Goalie of the Year. While with the Falcons, she won four Northeast-10 Conference championships and played in the 1999 NCAA Championship game. She was a three-time Division II All-American and still holds the school record for career shutouts and shutouts in a season (14). Cahill graduated from Bentley in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in management.

She is currently a real estate agent in her hometown of Milton, Mass. She will be staying in the coaching ranks by helping with Milton Youth Field Hockey and continue to assist club goalies in the area