College field hockey: Kayleigh Fleming to play for St. Louis University

Kayleigh Fleming, an All-FCIAC midfielder, will play field hockey at St. Louis University.
Kayleigh Fleming, an All-FCIAC midfielder, will play field hockey at St. Louis University.

Trumbull graduated senior Kayleigh Fleming will take her game to St. Louis University in the fall.

The All-FCIAC and second-team All-State midfielder was a standout for the Eagles as they went 5-10-1 and helped the Trumbull field hockey team to the state tournament in 2015 and 2016.

Fleming will be reunited with THS graduate Mimi Leonard, who just completed her freshman season with the Billikens a Division I team playing out of the Atlantic 10 Conference.

“There were a variety of factors that led me to St. Louis University,” said Fleming. “I liked the campus, the academic options and the Jesuit philosophy of mind, body and spirit.”

St. Louis University is a Catholic Jesuit institution and the oldest University west of the Mississippi.

The Billikens are led by head coach Danielle Baumgardner who came in in 2016 after playing at Maryland and leading the Terrapins to the National Championship in 2010 and 2011.

Baumgardner has been in the process of rebuilding the Billikens as the team went 2-14 in her first year in 2016 and 4-12 last season. St. Louis University graduated five seniors form the squad and that could create some playing opportunities for their new midfielder.

“In addition to the school, I really connected with the coach and got to have the opportunity to meet the team,” said Fleming. “It’s in an urban setting, and there seems to be a lot of opportunities for internships.

“I will be majoring in sports business and communications. I would like to intern for the St. Louis Blues hockey team and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.”

Fleming credits Trumbull coach Colleen Filush for helping her to develop athletically and as a leader. She has also played field hockey with Competitive Edge since eighth grade and will be finishing her last season this summer in preparation for college.

“At Competitive Edge, I was able to grow as a player being exposed to many different teams,” said Fleming. “My coach Kati Cavanagh helped me in the recruiting process and helped me to narrow my choices.

“I’m a competitive person by nature so I always feel motivated to work hard in order to play against the best. Playing in the FCIAC against teams like Darien, Ridgefield and Staples certainly has helped me to become a better player.

“As a college player, I expect to be challenged both physically and mentally. I’m excited for this challenge, as I work well under pressure. It has always been a goal of mine to play in college and I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”