"This is a very sad time for the entire Springfield College community as we mourn the loss of a great person, teammate and friend," Director of Athletics Dr. Cathie Schweitzer said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kate’s family and friends."
Richardson was born Aug. 4, 1989, in Morrisville, the daughter of Robert J. and Kathleen "Kathi" Schaefer Richardson. She was a 2007 graduate of Lamoille Union High School. She excelled in soccer at Lamoille and played a year of lacrosse as well. Upon her graduation, she attended UVM for a year and was a member of the women's soccer team. Kate transferred to Springfield College where she continued her soccer career and received her bachelor's degree and was working towards a doctorate in the physical therapy program.
"The tragic loss of Kate Richardson has had a tremendous impact on her family and friends, which obviously includes the Springfield College Women's Soccer family," described her head coach John Gibson. "In my experience, there have been few players who have given as much to a team as Richie. She was smart, dedicated and loved the game of soccer. Her smile, her work rate and her commitment remain with me and I hope with everyone who knew her as well."
Kate appeared in 39 games as a member of the Springfield College women's soccer team, including starting in 17 contests in her final season in Maroon and White. During her time at Springfield, the Pride went to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship twice as it won a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships. In her final season, Kate helped lead Springfield to winning both the NEWMAC regular season title outright, as well as the tournament championship, marking the first time in program history this had occurred. During her career at Springfield, the Pride owned a record of 43-14-5, good enough for an impressive .733 winning percentage.