Simply put, she was one of the best athletes ever to wear a Keene State College Field Hockey uniform. For four seasons, Kay Mulcahy combined her exceptional skills, deceptive speed and devoted work ethic to putting the Lady Owls on the map as both a region and national field hockey power in the mid-eighties.
A native of Brandon, V.T., Mulcahy was a highly recruited three-sport athlete at Otter Valley Union High School. Pursued by KSC for both her field hockey and basketball abilities, Mulcahy decided to concentrate on field hockey, and the results speak for themselves.
During her four-year career, Mulcahy rewrote the KSC Field Hockey Record Book, while leading the Lady Owls to both NCAA and ECAC post-season tournaments. Just a freshman, Kay Mulcahy walked onto Sumner ]oyce Athletic Field in the fall of 1982 and scored 11 goals as the Keene State stickers raced to a 17-7 record and a 7th place ranking in the country. During her sophomore season, Mulcahy doubled her goal production as KSC went to the nationals, claiming third place with a 19-2 record. Mulcahy scored the lone Keene State goal in a 2-1 loss to Bloomsburg (PA) College.
"Kay Mulcahy worked very hard to develop into an excellent player," said Chuck Sweeney, who coached Mulcahy for three seasons. "She was a consistent performer and an offensive threat anytime she got the ball past mid-field."
Mulcahy continued her scoring exploits as KSC earned berths in the ECAC Tournament her junior and senior year. Witha help of a strong supporting cast that included Julie Arsenault, Mulcahy completed her final season with a career high 46 points, and a place in the KSC record book.
When Mulcahy finally put her field hockey stick down, she had set new standards for future Lady Owls to attain, Her career highs in games played (78), goals scored (70), and points earned (152) still remain KSC records. When you consider her individual success together with the squad's 60-18-2 record, it's quite apparent it was no accident that the high level of play of the Keene State College Field Hockey team also coincided with the four year play of the high scoring forward.
Kay Mulchahy presently resides in Meredith, NH, where she is a physical education teacher at the Interlake Elementary School.