2011-05-19 / News

Greene no more: Island standout wins Rookie of the Year

By Geoff Campbell

Freshman Megan Greene, a forward on the Manhattanville College field hockey team, was a standout for the North Kingstown High School team that won the 2008 state championship. This season, she scored nine goals, which was the second most on the team. Freshman Megan Greene, a forward on the Manhattanville College field hockey team, was a standout for the North Kingstown High School team that won the 2008 state championship. This season, she scored nine goals, which was the second most on the team. In colleges and universities around the country, student-athletes from Jamestown are winding down their freshman year.

At Manhattanville College in New York, field hockey standout Megan Greene wrapped up her first year by earning one of four nominations for the Rookie of the Year at Manhattanville. Nominees, celebrated at the May 2 Athletics Banquet, were chosen because they made “the biggest immediate contribution to her team.”

Greene started nine games for the Valiants and appeared in each of the 19 games played during the season.

Greene and sophomore Kayla Meenan were locked in a backand forth battle all season long for the scoring title. By season’s end, Greene had scored nine, but Meenan had pushed two more balls over the goal stripe, scoring 11 times total. Together the pair accounted for nearly 40 percent of the goals scored during the entire season.

A season highlight was a double overtime win against De Sales where Greene scored the sudden death goal as time expired.

Greene was also a leader on the 2008 state championship field hockey team at North Kingstown High School, which flourished under the leadership of head coach and Jamestowner, Julie Maguire.

Maguire called a Greene “a gifted athlete with an innate ability to find the back of the net,” who possessed “great stick skills.”

“Megan began making an impact as a freshman,” Maguire said.

By the time she was a senior, Greene had twice been named to the Division I All-Tournament team and as a senior was chosen by the Rhode Island coaches as a member of the All-Division First Team.

“Once I was a junior we had a really tight team, we were all very good friends, we loved playing field hockey,” Greene said. “We just had a great time playing and for us that year it just really clicked.”

A leading scorer in her freshman and sophomore years, Greene accepted a position change for her final two seasons that brought her scoring totals down but upped her assist numbers.

According to Manhattanville’s Web site, Greene scored “30 goals as a four-year varsity starter along with 21 assists for 51 points.” She was also a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association Regional All American.

Greene said that while she played at North Kingstown she was also on Lead the Way, a local field hockey club. In addition, Greene said that she played in the Futures Program, a “pipeline to join the U.S. Olympic team.” She said that while she didn’t take it all the way to the Olympics, she did play in the program for her sophomore and junior years and as a junior she made it to Junior Olympics in Michigan.

“Once you get there, there’s no more pressure,” she said about making it past the coaches watching and evaluating. “It’s just fun.”

Greene said this year’s Manhattanville team is young team.

“[Manhattanville head coach Kevin] Kelly brought in a lot of freshman and he already had a very large sophomore class,” she said. “It was more of a learning year and a growing year.”

“With a 9-10 record it wasn’t a great season,” Greene added, “but we really got to know each other as a team and figure out everyone’s playing style.”

She continued, “Kelly definitely has a plan. By my senior year he wants to get to the NCAA Division III Championship game.”

She said that Kelly “thinks that we are capable of it” and he is “growing and shaping the team around the freshman class that he brought in.”

At the start of the season there were 11 freshmen, six sophomores, two juniors and a senior.

Of the 11 freshmen who started the season, only seven or eight remain, according to Greene, leaving to shorten the distance from their homes on the West Coast or choosing academic programs unique to other schools. She added that adapting to a small college of 1,700 students is sometimes challenging as well.

A lifelong Jamestowner, Greene went to Melrose and Lawn Avenue Schools.

Among her favorite things to do, Greene said she enjoys “going to Mackerel Cove and hanging out at Spinnakers and the deli” with her friends.

Not yet certain of her major, Greene said that she might settle on a major in psychology and a minor in animal behavior. Currently she volunteers at the New Rochelle Humane Society and has volunteered at Potter League in Middletown.

She is hoping to return to the Potter League this summer. Currently certified at the humane society to walk and socialize “green dot dogs” – those not in need of special handling – she is looking for more involvement next year to help train dogs “so that they can have better options for finding homes.”

A self-described good student, Greene earned a 3.6 GPA in her first semester and was recently named to the 2010 Division III National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

Like many student-athletes, Greene credits athletics as part of the reason for her academic success.

“I always did better during the school year when I was playing,” she said. Greene said that she also knows how to be a team player, both literally and figuratively, and how to take direction, something that she believes employers are anxious to see in applicants.

Greene is looking forward to a summer in Jamestown and an opportunity to test her teammanship as a member of the crew at the Mooring Restaurant in Newport.

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