Name: Lauren Gallagher
School: Pearl River High School
Sport: Girls soccer
Athletic accomplishments: Gallagher made 129 saves over 20 games while allowing only five goals this season. She had 15 shutouts for the season. She was All-League, All-Section, and first-team All-State, an NSCAA All-Region selection, an NSCAA first-team All-American and a Section 1 Elite 12 award winner, and received the New York Cosmos’ Siggy Stritzl Section 1 Player of the Year Award. This season, she is an all-America finalist and was in the top 100 in consideration for the Adidas Senior All American game. She’s a member of the basketball team.
Academic accomplishments: Gallagher has a 93.1 GPA. She’s will be attending Georgetown next year. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society
School and community involvement: Gallagher’s a member of the Girls Scouts. She’s a member of Students against Destructive Driving. She’s a member of the World Class Football Club ECNL travel soccer team. Gallagher’s volunteered with Buddy Ball, the Nanuet Fire Department, One Touch Soccer Camp and the Girl Scouts’ Heart of the Hudson.
Getting to know Lauren Gallagher
The Journal News: What made you start playing soccer?
Lauren Gallagher: My dad (Jimmy) was a coach and I played a lot with my sister (Megan). I got to play with her on varsity too. Soccer was always a part of my family.
TJN: What made Georgetown the right fit?
LG: The location – it’s far enough but not too far from home. The coaching staff there was awesome. I got to meet a lot of the players. When I was there, I just felt like I was home. Everyone there was a lot like me.
TJN: Did you always want to play soccer at the next level?
LG: It had been a dream of mine to play Division I soccer since I was a little girl the first time I played soccer.
LG: I always had so much fun playing soccer but I never imagined going to school to play as a goalie. I thought I’d be a forward or a midfielder.
TJN: How did the switch from offense to defense come about?
LG: I made the varsity team in eighth grade as a forward. I played for a little bit, but my freshman year the goalie from the previous year graduated and coach needed another goalie. He knew I played goalie with my travel team (World Class Football Club) at the time so he asked me to make the switch and I did. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
TJN: Fifteen shutouts for the season. Not a bad senior season in soccer, wouldn’t you say?
LG: As much as I had a good year, it really is my whole defense. Having Carrie Portington, Kristen Ferriello, Alyssa Portington and Sarah Donovan in the back. I mean with some of the plays they make, they’re just incredible. They really do a lot of the hard work.
TJN: Do you know yet what you want to major in at Georgetown?
LG: I’m applying to the business school, so maybe economics or finance.
TJN: What’s it been like for you to go back to the One Touch Soccer Camps to teach the young kids like you once were?
LG: It’s fun helping them learn how to play soccer. I did all those camps growing up and that was one of the highlights for the summer. When I come back and see them become really good soccer players, it’s a rewarding feeling. It’s also weird to go back because it feels like not so long ago when I was playing in those camps, then being the one running it. I always keep in mind how the little girls and boys look up to the counselors, so I make sure I’m aware of that as I try to help them.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.