Kerrigan Roth (foreground), a senior at Warrensburg High School competes in a field hockey game in fall 2013 against South Glens Falls. A talented center midfielder for Warrensburg, Roth signed a national Letter of Intent recently to play Division II Field Hockey for Adelphi University. Photo by Kim Ladd/Lifescapes Photography
By Thom Randall
WARRENSBURG — Kerrigan Roth, a standout senior athlete and scholar at Warrensburg High School, has committed to playing Division II Field Hockey in college.
On Feb. 6, Roth signed a national Letter of Intent to play Field Hockey for Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Roth, the daughter of Kevin and Bonni Roth of Warrensburg, was a five-year Varsity Field Hockey player for Warrensburg High. She has received many league, sectional and statewide awards for her success in Field Hockey. A three-sport athlete, she also invested a considerable amount of work in her studies. Kerrigan Roth is a member of the National Honor Society and is involved in many extra-curricular activities as well.
Achievement in sports is a family tradition, Roth observed this week. Her mother was a talented athlete and so were her cousins and her sister Abby Roth, who pursued a field hockey career at Central Michigan University.
“My mother was a field hockey coach while she was pregnant with me,” Kerrigan said. “And as soon as I was born, I had a hockey stick in my hand.”
Roth grew up watching her cousins Amber Seeley and Kimberly Trapasso play field hockey, and the latter was on a team that contended in the New York State championship playoffs.
Kerrigan was named team manager when she was in the sixth grade, and she served as a ball retriever in the state championship finals in which her sister Abby Roth was a key player, Kerrigan recalled this week.
“I watched Abby kicking butt in wrestling as well as in softball and field hockey,” Kerrigan said, noting she followed Abby’s career in Division I Field Hockey at Central Michigan. “I wanted to be like her.”
Without question, Roth did so. She was drafted into the Varsity Field Hockey Team when she was in eighth grade, and she took on the role as a center midfielder.
In the following four years, she was named a first team Adirondack All-Star in the sport. In her Junior and Senior years, Roth was named to the All-State Field Hockey Team. The latter three years, she was named team captain and MVP. In softball she won regional honors, and she was also a key player for the Warrensburg Girls Basketball team as a point guard.
Adelphi recognized her talent in both field hockey and academics, and the college has granted her a $64,000 scholarship over four years.
Roth said she was looking forward to joining Adelphi’s Field Hockey team, noting they have a strong, inclusive team spirit — and they were a contender in their conference finals last year.
The bond between Adelphi’s team members, she said, reminds her of the spirit that former WCS coach Mary ann Bump engendered.
“Coach Bump always made sure the players were connected and motivated,” she said, noting that Bump’s successor, Theresa Colvin, has carried on the tradition. “And I get the same feeling from Adelphi Coach Gloria O’Connor.”
Roth added that Bump demonstrated her dedication to her players by traveling up to Warrensburg from Florida to be on hand for Roth’s ceremonial signing of the Letter of Intent. Bump spoke at the ceremony — which faculty and students attended — as did Colvin, WCS Athletic Director Scott Smith and Roth’s guidance counselor Sarah Landers.
Roth said Monday she was looking forward to playing Field Hockey at Adelphi.
“I’m very excited for this next year,” she said. “I’m ready for the next level of play.”