For most athletes, the transition between two different athletic programs isn’t always seamless. For UVM’s Elise Koehl, it was natural. Koehl has led the team in scoring in her only two seasons as a Catamount. The Virginia native transferred to Vermont after her first two collegiate seasons at Louisville.
Since arriving in Burlington, Koehl became a dominant force on the women’s lacrosse team. In her first season alone she led the Cats with 42 goals and she rallied in six assists. In the 2019 season so far she’s already scored 39 goals and provided six assists with two more games left on the schedule.
She has been playing lacrosse her entire life. When looking for a new program to join in 2017, Koehl knew UVM was where she wanted to end her career. “I was looking for a team that wanted to win and was passionate about what they did. As soon as I met the coaching staff and the team here, I knew this was the place I wanted to end my college career” said Koehl.
Head coach Sarah Dalton shared how Elise is influencing her teammates on and off the field.
“I think that she just made a seamless transition and it speaks for the player that she is.. I mean she’s determined to be a finisher. She works really hard and she puts in a lot of work off the field that goes unseen and that has trickled over to a lot of our other players. I think she has elevated everyone’s game around her” said Dalton.
Although Koehl’s stats and history on the field will speak for themselves, she wants to be remembered in a more meaningful way.
“People always ask me what my legacy wants to be but, I just want to be remembered as a hard worker. A good teammate, and someone who you can always confide in. I think just going back to being the best teammate I can be shapes you to be the best person that you can be. I always try to remember that when we’re playing games, practicing, and when it gets tough. But, the team will always have your back even after you graduate. So, having that connection with them is the most important thing to me” said Koehl.
She has been a dominant figure on and off the field for the Catamounts. Koehl will leave a legacy at UVM that is just more than her statistics.
Elise and the Cats will host New Hampshire on Saturday to celebrate senior day. The game is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. at Virtue Field.