Pa. Girls | Colleen Magarity, Germantown Academy

Posted: June 27, 2007

Colleen Magarity spent part of last week in Sea Isle City, relaxing with family and friends after the end of a nonstop high school athletic career.

Not surprisingly, the break was a short one. On Monday, Magarity headed off to Northwestern, her college of choice, for a lacrosse training camp.

Magarity, a three-sport standout at Germantown Academy, is now concentrating on lacrosse. She is a member of the U.S. under-19 national team that will compete in the IFWLA World Championships in Peterborough, Ontario, from Aug. 4 to 12.

After tryouts at Lehigh over Memorial Day weekend, Magarity, a quick-footed midfielder, learned that she was one of 18 chosen to play for the squad. Two other area players, Baldwin's Emma Hamm and Radnor's Emily Geary, also made the final cut.

"It was probably the best feeling I've ever had in athletics," Magarity said.

At GA, in addition to lacrosse, Magarity was a four-year starter in soccer and basketball. Overall, she was part of 10 Inter-Academic League championships - four in both soccer and basketball, two in lacrosse.

For her contributions in all three sports this season, the dynamic and team-oriented Magarity is The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania girls' senior athlete of the year.

The 5-foot-4 Magarity was a midfielder in soccer and lacrosse. In basketball, her primary sport growing up, she was a combination guard. She captained each team this year.

Magarity racked up 94 goals in her senior lacrosse season, shattering the old single-season school record of 76 she had set as a junior. With 264 career goals, she is the school's all-time leader.

"She has incredible speed, terrific stick skills, and she has a tremendous understanding of the game," GA lacrosse coach Virginia Hofmann said.

In her final season of basketball, Magarity, a top-notch defender and ball distributor, helped the Patriots to a 26-5 mark and a No. 2 ranking in The Inquirer's final top 10 poll.

In the fall, with her aggressive play and passing abilities, the Oreland resident helped GA's soccer team go 19-1 and bring home yet another Inter-Ac crown.

"She's extremely fast, very tough, and a tireless worker," said Darci Borski, GA's soccer coach.

Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019 or

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