Troy resident, Sacred Heart student signs with Stanford lacrosse

By: Timothy Pontzer | C&G Newspapers | Published November 28, 2017

 Troy resident and Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Kelleigh Keating poses with her National Letter of Intent after signing Nov. 8 to play lacrosse at Stanford University.

Troy resident and Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Kelleigh Keating poses with her National Letter of Intent after signing Nov. 8 to play lacrosse at Stanford University.

Photo provided by Kelleigh Keating

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — A three-sport standout, Kelleigh Keating will head out west to showcase her success.

The Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior signed Nov. 8 to play lacrosse at Stanford University, choosing the prestigious institution to continue her academic and athletic careers. 

“When I stood on the campus, I knew I had to go there,” admitted Keating, who is a Troy resident. “They’re No. 1 academically for a reason, and they have an incredible lacrosse program. They were extremely welcoming to me, and the girls on the team really impressed my parents.”

While pen officially went to paper earlier this month, Keating had cemented her decision with a verbal commitment in January of her sophomore year. Keating chose to become a Cardinal over a pair of equally historic schools — the University of Notre Dame and Duke University.

“I had been going to Duke for camps and prospects days since eighth grade and had visited Notre Dame many times,” Keating said. “I really thought Duke would be my choice, but my parents told me to wait until I saw Stanford. After that visit, I knew that was the best place for me.”

In addition to her accomplishments with the lacrosse team, Keating has starred for the Gazelles in both field hockey and basketball. She plays similar positions in each, saying the disciplines complement one another.

“I’m a central midfielder in hockey, a point guard in basketball and midfield in lacrosse,” Keating explained. “I love having the control of the offense in my hands and being a decision maker. I try to be selfless and look to pass first, and I have my coaches tell me to shoot more, but I really like that role.”

By the time she graduates, Keating will have spent four years on varsity in each of the three sports. She credits Sacred Heart’s approach to athletics for the way she has progressed and found success.

“Sacred Heart has a great sports environment with a no-cut policy, focusing on building teams, and that has given me an opportunity to have a leadership role even at a young age,” Keating remarked. “Sacred Heart is known for shaping women of character, and I appreciate the faith-based approach to everything. It has kept me grounded, and the college prep style has prepared me for the next level.”

That leadership role is evident, as Keating has served as a captain for three years in basketball and was voted to the same position on the field hockey team last season. Only seniors can serve as captains in lacrosse, something Keating greatly looks forward to this spring.

“It is great to be asked to help some of the younger players and be counted on to be a leader,” she said.

Additionally, Keating looks to use this final year of high school to focus on preparing for Stanford.

“Athletically, I’m focused on getting my fitness up,” Keating said. “They say the biggest change from high school to college is not skill, but speed. I’d love to earn playing time. Academically, I want to find and pursue a major I’m passionate about.”

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