By Jean DePlacido
---- — Marblehead three sport star Tyler Phillips had a hard time deciding what sport she wanted to play in college. She was recruited for field hockey, diving, and lacrosse. Phillips also knew she wanted a college with a strong art program.
She found what she was looking for in Skidmore where she decided to play lacrosse the next four years. The Thoroughbreds play in Division 3 in the very competitive Liberty League. A Salem News and Northeastern Conference all-star in all three sports, Phillips has a 3.45 GPA.
“I had verbally committed to UVM to dive, but the coach knew I was still trying to decide between diving and lacrosse,” said Phillips. “I hadn’t visited Skidmore at that time, but once I did I fell in love with everything about it. It’s a beautiful college town (in New York), and I just loved everything about it. I really wasn’t ready to make the kind of commitment needed at a D1 program. I want to enjoy everything about college.”
When visiting Skidmore, Phillips knew she liked what she saw and felt at home with the Thoroughbreds coach and her program.
“The lacrosse coach Liz Ghilardi is an amazing woman. I’m a midfielder, and Skidmore was recruiting midfielders so it was a perfect situation for me,” Phillips said. “I was most interested in a good art program, and I liked what Skidmore offered better than the UVM program. I want to go into advertising.”
Phillips was recruited in lacrosse by Connecticut College, Bates, Harvard, UVM, Sacred Heart, and Georgetown. The 2013 NEC Female Swimmer of the Year and NEC diving and 50 freestyle champ, had Boston University, UNH, and UVM all looking for her to commit to their swim programs.
The Magicians swim team captain broke the school record in diving. She started swimming and diving at the Corinthian Yacht Club when she was eight-years old.
“I didn’t start competing until I got to high school,” said Phillips. “I’ve been swimming and diving all four years, and I’ll continue to swim recreationally. That will be good cross training for me.
“I had two big decisions to make. I knew what I wanted to major in so I wanted a strong academic program. In the end I decided I would have more fun playing lacrosse the next four years. I’m happy with my decision, and I want to finish my high school career with a good season,” said Phillips, who has helped Marblehead (6-1) win its last six games in a row.
“We have a very strong team this year. It will be an adjustment going from three different sports to just one, but at the college level I’ll have fall ball as well as our spring season.”