This is the second install­ment in a series of pro­files of brothers and sis­ters who play for the same ath­letic team at North­eastern. Click here to read why the soccer squad’s Sin­clair twins will play a major role in the future suc­cess of the black and red.

Kate Carlson, a third-​​year full­back for the field hockey team, spent the entire 2013 cam­paign on the side­lines with a stress frac­ture in her right foot. Despite the injury, she hap­pily served as a vice-​​captain, helping the Huskies win eight games and reach the second round of the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion tournament.

I wasn’t a leader on the field because I was hurt, but I was still able to ana­lyze plays,” says Carlson, who tal­lied two goals and two assists in her first two sea­sons with the black and red. “It kind of saved my life in a way because not being able to play was miserable.”

As an added bonus, she had the plea­sure of coaching her little sister, Alyssa, a first-​​year mid­fielder who played back­field in her big sister’s absence. Alyssa tal­lied more than 61 min­utes per game, good for sixth on the squad, and recorded her first col­le­giate point with an assist in a 5–3 win against La Salle in October.

I wasn’t expecting to play as much as I did,” says Alyssa, “but once I stepped onto the field instinct set in and I quickly set­tled into my role.”

Head coach Cheryl Murtagh agrees, noting, “We needed Alyssa to play more without Kate, and she ended up earning her playing time.”

Kate, who under­went a sur­gical pro­ce­dure in the fall to have a four-​​inch screw inserted into her foot, resumed phys­ical activity with a long run on Christmas Eve, and expects to be fully healed by the start of the 2014 season.

The big sister is eager to return to the field along­side the little sister for the first time since high school, when the dynamic duo led their Water­town, Mass., squad to back-​​to-​​back state championships.

Alyssa will prob­ably make me look a little silly for a while because I’m kind of rusty,” says Kate, noting her sister’s slick ball han­dling skills and her ability to burn defenders with ease. Alyssa demurs, saying, “Katie is very strong on the ball, very pro­tec­tive of the ball.”

The Carl­sons owe their ath­leti­cism to gym­nas­tics, which they began before they could even walk. “My par­ents would kill me if I say this,” says Kate, “but they don’t have an ath­letic bone in their bodies. All of our ath­letic talent comes from gymnastics.”

They are nat­ural field hockey players, and I think they really enjoy being part of each other’s field hockey expe­ri­ence,” adds Murtagh. “I love their pas­sion for the sport and hope­fully we win a CAA cham­pi­onship with them on the team together.”