Lacrosse Goalie, Emily Bitka, Returns to ACHS as Guest Speaker
Emily Bitka, a women’s lacrosse goalie, made her mark on the lacrosse fields of Amherst Central High School before taking her net-blocking skills to the collegiate level, first at Division I University at Albany where she lettered for two years and then to Division II Slippery Rock University for her junior and senior year. In January, she was named assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
On Aug. 19, she returns to Amherst Central High School as the guest speaker for the ACHS Athletic Kick Off meeting. The meeting theme of “Mind, Body, Soul" speaks to the need to be a whole student-athlete and find strength in all dimensions. Emily will share with the players and their families her story of how practice, hard work and dedication pays off.
At Slippery Rock University she was captain and started in all 18 games during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. She became the first goalie in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history to be named the league’s Athlete of the Year in 2018. Other honors earned at Slippery Rock University include a two-time All-PSAC honoree; two-time All-Region selection; Division II record for ground balls in a season and per game; first in SRU history in goalie wins, ground balls and goals against average; third in SRU history in saves. She was named MVP of Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Senior All-Star Game and IWLCA All-American (2018).
A 2014 graduate of Amherst Central High School, she played four years of lacrosse and soccer. She was the lacrosse team captain as a junior and senior and as goalie she posted a career save percentage of 65% over 57 games. She was named ECIC First Team All-League, WNY First Team, All-Metro Team One, Metro Newcomer of the Year in 2012, All-Amherst Bee team from 2012-14, WNY National Team from 2012-13, and All-American in 2014. The ACHS girls varsity lacrosse team won the Section VI championships in three of her four years.
All grade 7-12 student-athletes and their families should attend the Kick Off on Aug. 19 at Amherst Central High School. Parking is in the Westmoreland Lot with entrance to the South Gym through door 13.
A Meet & Greet/Food Truck Fundraiser will be held from 5-6:30 pm. in the Westmoreland lot back loop (back of South Gym). The Kickoff Presentation will run 6:30-7:30 p.m. and include an introduction of our new Athletic Director, review of policies and procedures, and new athletics updates. In addition to Emily Bitka, guest speakers will include Marti Precurato-Grubb, Amherst Tigers Sports Boosters; Paige Anderson and Josie Fisher, Excelsior Orthopaedics and Melinda Yoder, founder and owner of Balanced Nutrition of WNY.