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Sailing to Springfield: Watson signs to play for American International

Surrounded by family and Germantown faculty, senior field hockey star Lily Watson (center) prepares to sign her National Letter of Intent to play field hockey for American International University.
May 15, 2018 03:00 pm

Senior Lily Watson is in the midst of her final season dominating on the hill for the Germantown Lady Clippers softball team. However, she’s at her best with a stick in hand, splitting defenses and finding the back of the net with regularity.

The four-year varsity field hockey starter inked her National Letter of Intent to play the sport for Division II American International on Tuesday morning.

“It means a lot, it’s really exciting and special,” Watson said.

The Clipper got into the game because her sisters and mother had played both at the high school and collegiate levels. Watson also had the opportunity to share the field with her sister, Eliza, for several seasons.

“They had a big influence on me,” she said.

Watson noted that the last four years have been a lot of fun, but the biggest thing has been the steady improvement of her game, which is something that has enabled her to get to this level and be able to follow in her family footsteps.

Watson’s proudest moment playing for the Lady Clippers came in her sophomore campaign when she was a part of the team that defeated Taconic Hills for the first time since 2008 and helped Germantown capture a share of the Patroon Conference title, their first championship since in nearly a decade.

That same season, Watson was named a first team Patroon Conference All-Star along with Eliza.

As a senior, she was named a second team All-Star.

Watson started her career at left wing before moving to to left midfield this season, where she was also named team captain. She finished her final year with 10 goals and six assists.

For her career, Watson netted 35 goals and 10 assists.

At the moment, Watson hasn’t established a set of goals for herself at American International, but she’s determined to make herself a better player and hopes to make an impact during the next four years.

“I want to improve my stick skills and I’m going to work on being a good teammate for my new team,” she said.