Today Kathryn Masson, current Georgetown Assistant Coach and 3-time All-American from Maryland, held a goalie clinic for 24 goalies on the Sidwell Turf in Washington D.C. It was a beautiful day, but watching all these goalies practice great form was even more beautiful. I have to admit, I’ve never been jealous of goalkeepers, it is a tough and thankless job, but listening to Coach Masson speak so passionately about the position and tactics of goalkeeping made even me want to suit up!
She went over all the basic-steps, jab, lunge, dive and footwork with the keepers. A great review for some more experienced keepers, and really great for those less experienced keepers who oftentimes get neglected during the season. As a coach I know how a squad of field players can demand a lot of our attention leaving only a few minutes with goalkeepers.
No doubt about it, keepers are often the heart and soul of a team, and it is pretty easy to see why when you get 24 of them together. It takes a certain kind of person to be a goalie, a tough confident person that can pick themselves up after being scored on and get after it again. During my playing days, I know nothing rallied me like a great save by my goalie when I was feeling down. I believe after this clinic these keepers will have some tools in their back pockets, or in those goalie pads, to help make those awe-inspiring saves next time they go to protect their team’s net.
Coach Masson will put up some tips later, but for now, take a look at her, Georgetown’s starting goalkeeper, Brie, and the participants go to work-it’s a thing of beauty.
Georgetown Assistant Coach and Three-time All-American University of Maryland goalkeeper:
About Kathryn Masson:
In her second year as the assistant coach of the Georgetown University Field hockey team, Kathryn has been pivotal to the growth of the entire defensive unit. Prior to Georgetown, Masson was a volunteer assistant at the University of Maryland, a position she held for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 campaign. She assisted the Terps in ﬁnishing with a 23-1 overall record which featured an ACC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Championship ﬁnal. Masson was a three-time All-American goalkeeper for the University of Maryland ﬁeld hockey team from 2004-2007 and was the ﬁrst ever goalkeeper at Maryland to earn ﬁrst-team All- American status. In 2005 and 2006 she led the nation in goals against average and and was second in 2006 for save percentage. Masson had international playing experience as a member of the Canadian National team in 2008 and 2009 and as a member of the Canadian U-21 Squad in 2005.