Rochester alumna Meg Hughes runs the MATTREC Girls’ Summer Football Clinic
Meg Hughes is never satisfied.
In just two years at Providence College, the 2020 Old Rochester graduate racked up two major BIG EAST awards and helped Div. I Friars qualifies for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993.
“I feel like there’s always room to improve and more goals to set,” she said. “I feel like they are so much more than I am able to do and can accomplish.
“I would love for my football team to win the BIG EAST Championship. I really hope that in my four years at Providence, we can do that.
Although she’s excited to see what the brothers can do in the fall, Hughes has spent the past week at Old Rochester running the MATTREC Girls’ Summer Football Clinic.
“My mom had the idea to do it,” said Hughes, a Rochester native who holds Old Rochester school records for career points (192) and goals (127). “Mattapoisett Rec put it all together and sent out the flyers and everything.
“I was afraid that the girls wouldn’t like it. I wanted them to like coming and enjoying the football while they were there.
Hughes took bits and pieces from camps she had attended over the years and also found ideas online.
“I used what I would do when I was younger and played some games when I was younger,” she said. “I really want to do this again. I really enjoyed it, especially since it’s an all-girls camp. Most of the camps are boys and girls and I find that girls tend to be more shy when they are with boys. It was a chance to be alone and let them shine without the boys getting in their way.
The biggest message Hughes has said she’s tried to convey to players is to never stop working.
“I always tell them when we’re at camp and we’re doing foot skills and they think it’s boring and they have to work on it and they can do it at home,” he said. she declared. “It will make them better.
“For me, I always focus on shooting and finishing because my finishing could improve so much that I even go to see a finishing coach once a week.”
Last year, Hughes had no problem finishing around the net as the sophomore led Providence College in total points (22) and goals (nine) to become the No. program history to earn ALL-BIG EAST First Team honors.
“I was really excited about it because I think there are 11 girls in the squad and a lot of them were seniors and juniors and it meant a lot to be a second in the squad.” , said Hughes. “I would say it was a very good year for me.
“They were looking for me more to try to score goals, but I also wanted to involve my teammates. I would rather be a playmaker so I tried to do a bit of everything.
The season was significant for Hughes, who had to come back from a torn ACL she suffered in her senior year of high school and saw her first college season shortened during the pandemic.
“It was the first injury I had,” she said. “All the steps you take to get back to your full potential are many. Small milestones over the eight months have kept me going. First I got my brace off, then I was cleared to run, then I was told that I could train with the team.
Due to the pandemic, Providence College’s fall 2020 season has been pushed back to spring 2021, just in time for a healthy Hughes to make her debut.
“COVID has been good for me because I didn’t miss my first season,” she said. “I felt like I was working pretty hard and trying to fit into the team dynamic.”
Hughes didn’t start early in his first season, but got lucky halfway through as his team battled illness.
She ended up finishing that 12-game season with team highs in points (14) and assists (six). She was tied for first in goals with four. Hughes became just the second brother to win BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
With 36 career points, Hughes is tied for 17th among the program’s all-time leading scorers entering her first year.
“It’s been going pretty well,” said Hughes, who is studying social science. “Football is good. I’m excited for the season in the fall.