Casey Scully Emerges as
College Lax Star
While the Iona College women's lacrosse team has struggled in each of the past two years, Casey Scully has flourished, racking up 56 goals and 11 assists while emerging as an up-and-coming NCAA Division I star.
Scully, a 2008 Huntington High School graduate is a 5'6 midfielder who employs an aggressive style of play. She was a stand-out soccer, basketball and lacrosse player for the Blue Devils before signing with Iona and focusing exclusively on lacrosse.
This past spring, Scully started all 16 Iona games, scoring 30 goals and adding nine assists. She launched 64 shots, including 47 on goal, picked up 31 ground balls and caused opponents to turn over possession 13 times.
Her sophomore campaign came on the heels of a sensational freshman season that saw Scully start all 15 games and tally 26 goals and two assists. She scooped up 26 ground balls and caused nine turnovers.
Scully has also turned up her academic performance by several notches, earning solid grades over the past year. She is majoring in mass communications with an advertising concentration. Scully has spent a considerable amount of time studying and completing assignments and it paid off with a spot on the Dean's List this past spring. The positive results have been a source of pride.
During her years at Huntington High School, Scully was beloved by teammates and coaches. Regardless of the specific sport she happened to be participating in at any given time, Scully could be seen covering an enormous amount of ground during practices and games. She brings new meaning to the word "hustle" and surrenders nothing to opponents.
One Blue Devil coach recalled Scully as "one tough nut to crack." Another coach said she goes "all-out" once she steps on the field. While she's one of the grittiest competitors to be found anywhere, Scully can also display a quick smile and hearty laugh. She knows how to have fun.
The Huntington alum would love to teach and coach but has watched a cousin of hers struggle for find a full-time permanent teaching position. She decided to choose another field, while reserving the right to pursue a master's degree in education or even volunteer as a coach.
Life at Iona College has been stressful at times. Classes are challenging. Lacrosse takes up large chunks of time. The sport demands a level of conditioning that is significantly above that required of high school athletes. The workouts, both in-and-out of season are often grueling.
Scully's always been willing to "pay the price" and sacrifice to achieve her goals. She is expected to play an even more integral role on the Iona team next spring. As she grows stronger and quicker and her shot becomes even more powerful, there's really no telling what she can accomplish on the lacrosse field. She knows it, too, and it has her working harder than ever.