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As one of LCA's most decorated alumni athletes, Shae Roys '16 carried herself with a confident kindness while roaming LCA's halls. A three-sport, standout student-athlete, Shae excelled at soccer, basketball, and softball. She arguably could have played any and all of those sports in college. Coming to the end of her sophomore year at Southern New Hampshire University, Roys has found herself at home in the midfield of the women's soccer team.
Over her first two seasons at SNHU, Roys has garnered numerous awards including a selection to the NE-10 All-Rookie Team and NE-10 3rd Team All-Conference as a freshman and an NE-10 2nd Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore. Last fall, Roys helped guide her team to the NE-10 Tournament Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament. SNHU advanced to the 2nd round before falling 3-1 to Mercy. She has also succeeded academically majoring in Sports Management and being named to the NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll (maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the semester).
Shae Roys '16 now plays soccer at SNHU where she and her teammates made history last fall with the first NCAA Tournament win in program history.
Shae's college success can be traced to the foundation of hard work and commitment that she built both before and during her time at LCA. As a Lady Lion, Shae was often the player first on the field or court and last to leave. She was the member of 5 EIL Championship winning teams (2012 Soccer, 2014-15 Basketball, 2015 Softball, 2015-16 Basketball, 2016 Softball) and was named an EIL All-League selection numerous times. In her junior and senior seasons, the LCA Coaching Staff recognized Shae as the winner of the prestigious Grace Strodel Coaches Award - given annually to female student-athlete who best exemplifies Athletic Ability, Leadership Qualities, and Superior Dedication in the area of Interscholastic Competition. "Shae was one of the toughest competitors I've coached and at the same time a great teammate. Her will to prepare and focus on the little things to get better is what sets her apart. There's no surprise at her college success because she has the drive to succeed," said Ryan Patrie '03, Athletic Director and Girls' Varsity Soccer Coach.
Roys helped guide her Lady Lions Basketball team to back-to-back EIL titles and a NEPSAC Class C Finals appearance in 2016.
When reflecting upon her time at LCA, Shae's favorite memory was winning the 2012 EIL Girls' Soccer Championship in her freshmen season. The special part of that championship was winning it while competing alongside her older sister, Kallan '13 who was named EIL Player of the Year for that season. For all of her individual success, Roys understands the importance of the team and encouraging one another. When asked what was something that she learned while competing at LCA Roys said, "The power that positivity has on the field is incredible. A team that is constantly lifting each other up, is a team that is going to find success. Trust your teammates. Trust that together you can conquer much more than the individual."
Shae also credits her faith for helping her when competing and training, "Being a college athlete is mentally and physically exhausting. Sometimes it feels as though you're not going to make it through. It is in these days that I remember that there is more to life than just school and soccer. It is comforting to know that no matter happens, I am loved. Having faith in the greater good helps me to get through just about every challenge that I face, and I am extremely thankful for the guidance and protection that I am given."
Roys '16 was a four-time EIL All-League Selection for Girls' Soccer at LCA.
Knowing that there are current Lions and Lady Lions aspiring to play college sports one day, Shae shares this important piece of advice: "Be confident in your ability, but do not let your confidence turn into complacency. Constantly continue to push yourself, and look to find excellence. Do not allow failure to hold you back, but let it motivate you. Be determined, and never settle for anything less than your best effort."
As she wraps up her sophomore year at SNHU, Roys is excited about what her junior year will bring as she and her teammates look to defend their NE-10 title next fall and return to the NCAA Tournament.