Kara Suhie not only has the honor of being inducted in the Keene State Alumni/Athletic Hall a Fame in two sports, but also the distinction of earning that honor in her first year of eligibility.
One of the top athletes to wear a red and white Keene State uniform, Suhie was a standout field hockey and softball player during her fabulous four-year (1995-99) Owl career.
“I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to play two sports at Keene State,” said Suhie. “It was a great experience.”
A two-time All-Region and Little East All-Star defender, Suhie finished her field hockey career with nine goals, 32 assists (third all-time) and 50 points. A member of the 1997 squad that advanced to the ECAC Tournament finals, she helped lead the Owls to their initial LEC title and the team’s first NCAA tournament appear in over 15 years the following year.
Noted for her strong defensive play from her sweeper position, Suhie was adept at breaking up opponent passes, and heading up field to ignite KSC’s offense.
“Without question, Kara was the heart and soul of the team,” said KSC field hockey coach Amy Watson. “She was a team-leader on and off the field.”
Suhie’s accomplishments on the softball field were just as impressive. A versatile player who starred in the outfield and on the mound, Suhie, from Old Saybrook, Conn., became KSC’s second softball All-America in 1999. That year she posted a 7-3 record with a 1.42 ERA on the mound and a .376 batting average as the team’s leadoff hitter. A career .362 hitter, Suhie earned multiple conference, ECAC, and All-Region honors. Team success followed her on the diamond, where she played on Owl teams that made three ECAC appearances and set a program mark with a 33-10 record on the way to reaching the championship game of the 1999 NCAA Northeast Region.
“I had an edge because I was a left-handed batter,” Suhie explained. “As a lead off hitter, I could hit, slap, or bunt. “Most of the time (head softball coach) Charlie (Beach) gave me the green to make the decision.”
“Kara was a very bright and dedicated athlete,” Beach said. “It’s a cliché, but she did whatever it took to win.”
Suhie couldn’t have asked for a better senior year at Keene State. In addition to being named an All-America, she led both her field hockey and softball teams to NCAA appearances and was selected as the KSC Women’s Athlete of the Year.
“I can honestly say I got everything out of my four years playing sports at Keene State,” Suhie said.
It’s no surprise that Suhie has continued her association in both sports, as head field hockey and softball coach at Old Saybrook High, where she also teaches math and computer programming. And its no surprise her teams have been successful, each earning tournament berths last season.