Mike Doherty '12

How did Groton prepare you for college hockey?
My time at Groton, on and off the ice, taught me what it meant to work hard. Coming into Groton, our program was struggling, and we had no easy games. As a small Second Former, I was fortunate to be on a team with guys who simply got everything out of their talent because they worked hard and were smart. We chipped away until we eventually won a league title, showing that championships are formed long before they occur. I learned also that being an underdog is something to take pride in and to use to your advantage in fueling your passion. In one of the most competitive leagues in college hockey, the lessons I learned at Groton in the classroom and on the ice have stayed with me and made me realize how special it is to still be playing.
 
What was the highlight or favorite memory of your athletic career at Groton?
My favorite team memories at Groton would be winning our league titles in hockey and upsetting Brooks in my last home game at Groton. Our huge upset over Belmont Hill in lacrosse my junior year was also a special moment.

My favorite personal memory is scoring the overtime winning goal at St.Mark’s during my sophomore hockey season. It is something I will never forget. What I love most about my Groton career is how different we were than other teams. We didn't always get the high-profile recruits, but we competed and outworked almost every team we played.

Athletic Accomplishments while at Groton:
Played five seasons of hockey and four of lacrosse
Second in league in scoring
Notched 81 goals and school-record 161 points in hockey
Three-time All-ISL
ISL MVP junior year
Two-time team MVP
Led New England players in points per game as junior
2010-11 Boston Globe All-Scholastic
Two-time ISL Eberhart Champions
Lacrosse team MVP and All-ISL pick senior year
Fincke Medal for character and sportsmanship

Mike's Yale athletic profile
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