Caitlin E. Gavin
Women's Lacrosse & Soccer
Grad Year: 2008
Year Inducted: 2013
Caitlin E. Gavin ’08 is the greatest women’s lacrosse player in Rhode Island College history. As a center from 2004-07, she was a four-time First Team All-Little East Conference selection and was named the league’s Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2007. Gavin was also an All-New England and All-LEC midfielder for RIC’s women’s soccer team. At the conclusion of her lacrosse career, the Portsmouth, R.I. native played in 60 games, starting all of them. She is Rhode Island College’s all-time leader in career games played, started, shots (671), free position shots (135), goals (279), assists (45), points (324), ground balls (339), draw controls (292) and caused turnovers (107). Gavin also holds virtually all game and single-season program records as well.
As a senior in 2007, Gavin was named Second Team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Little East Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year and earned her fourth consecutive First Team All-Little East award. She played in 16 games, starting all of them. She totaled 52 goals, 10 assists, 62 points, 172 shots, 63 ground balls, 59 draw controls and 23 caused turnovers, leading the Anchorwomen in each of those statistical categories. She established a new school record with 13 points and tied a program record with five assists in the club’s, 22-4, win at Elms on Apr. 9. She also tied her own previous RIC record with 14 ground balls vs. Salve Regina on Apr. 2.
As a junior in 2006, she was named First Team All-Little East Conference and selected as team MVP for the third time in her career. She played in 16 games, starting all of them. Gavin had 97 goals and 10 assists for 107 points to go along with 220 shots, 101 ground balls, 65 draw controls and 34 caused turnovers. She also led the nation (NCAA Div. III) with a 6.3 ground balls-per-game average. Gavin established new RIC records for the most shots, goals, points, ground balls and caused turnovers in a season. She set a new school record for goals in a game, scoring 11 on three different occasions. Gavin tallied 11 goals vs. the University of New England on Mar. 26, Nichols on Mar. 22 and against Lasell on Apr. 20. Gavin scored the game-winning goal in each of RIC’s three victories this spring. She was named the Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.
As a sophomore in 2005, Gavin was named First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP for the second straight season. Gavin played in 15 games, starting all of them. She had 87 goals and 15 assists for 102 points. Her 5.8 goals-per-game average led the nation (NCAA Div. III). Three of her goals were game-winners. She had 93 ground balls, 29 caused turnovers, 94 draw controls and seven pass interceptions. She was named the Little East Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.
As a freshman in 2004, she was named First Team All-Little East and the squad’s MVP. Gavin played 15 games, starting all of them. She had a team-high 53 points on a team-best 43 goals and 10 assists. Gavin also compiled a team-high 82 ground balls, 74 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers. She was named the Little East Conference’s Rookie of the Week three times on the season.
Gavin was also an accomplished women’s soccer player from 2003-06 for the Anchorwomen and was the first player in program history to earn National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England honors (2006). She played in 78 career games, starting 72 of them. Gavin registered 51 points on 18 goals and 15 assists. At the end of her soccer career, she was fourth at RIC all-time in career assists, while ranking sixth in both points and goals. Gavin was named team MVP as a senior.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Rhode Island College in 2008. Gavin is currently an adaptive physical education teacher for the Southcoast Education Collaborative.