Park City High School’s Caitlin Hickey signs to play lacrosse with Fort Lewis College
On Wednesday, Caitlin Hickey signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, an NCAA Division II college in Durango, Colorado. Hickey was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and raised in the state of Georgia before she and her parents moved to Park City when she was 6.
She has attended Park City High School for four years, and spent a year on the PCHS junior varsity lacrosse team before moving up as a defender with the varsity squad.
“Hopefully I will play varsity again for my senior year,” she said after her signing ceremony at Park City High School.
Hickey has also played for the Salt Lake City-based club Tenacity Mamaci since the sixth grade. She currently takes the field as a midfielder, and is coached by Maggie Herrneckar, Amy Cronin and Kenna Tyson.
“I don’t think I would have gotten this far at all without my competitive coaches,” she said.
The Skyhawks, who went 18-8 last season after falling in their conference semifinal game, caught on to Hickey’s club experience and sought her out as a midfielder.
“I’m so excited,” Hickey said. “I have 11 other friends who are committing to other places, and I’m excited to be one of them. I love the campus and the academics there are really good.”
The campus is on a mesa overlooking Durango, and sits between the San Juan Mountains and the Southern Ute Reservation.
“It’s basically like Park City but more laid-back, so I think it’s a really great place to be,” she said.
Hickey tentatively plans on studying something in the fields of either sports science or physical therapy.
“I’m really excited for her,” said her father, Moe Hickey. “It’s the perfect school for her: Right size, right class sizes, good teammates. She’s really excited and so am I.”
At six-and-a-half hours away by car, Moe said the college was the perfect distance away.
“Can’t come home for dinner, but she can home for a long weekend,” Moe said. “We can meet in Moab or go down there or she come home.”
Park City Mountain Resort is scheduled to start limited summer operations on Saturday, including the operation of PayDay lift for hikers and bikers.