There hasn’t been much of a freshman learning curve at the University of Detroit Mercy for Kaitlyn Wandelt.
The Sayville product took the Atlantic Sun Conference by storm this season, being named the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year after winning conference player of the week honors a record-tying three times.
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“I just tried my best in all the games, and it’s really great they recognize what I’ve been doing,” Wandelt said. “But it’s not something I strive for. I just want to win games and better the program at Detroit.”FacebookLike Newsday Sports on Facebook
She set a program record with 10 draw controls against Radford to earn March 22 Player of the Week. She also had five goals and two assists in the game.
Then she had nine goals and an assist, and 10 draw controls, in a 2-0 week for her April 5 honor. And for the week of April 26, she had 10 goals, eight draw controls, seven ground balls and five caused turnovers in two games.
Wandelt led the league in draw controls (66), free-position goals (17) and tied for first in caused turnovers (28). Her 66 draw controls set a program record. She leads the Titans with 64 points.
“When it came to her point scoring ability, she was right there with anybody else in our league,” said Adam Sznitken, her coach at Sayville High School. “Our offense was primarily run through her. When we ran against certain defenses, we put the ball in her hands at the top.”
Wandelt is also a defensive standout and led Sayville to a county title in 2014. She was named to the All-County team the same year after making All-Conference in 2013.
She has brought that same two-way skill set to Detroit and said she enjoys playing defense just as much as offense.
“I want to be able to be that person my team can look forward to stopping that girl who has been scoring a ton,” she said.