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Wayne Cavadi | NCAA.com | October 31, 2017

Megan Lewis-Taylor is an inspiration on and off the field for Southern New Hampshire

  Megan Lewis-Taylor was a hero for the Coast Guard before beginning her Penman career.

Megan Lewis-Taylor is a reserve forward for the Southern New Hampshire Penmen field hockey team. She has taken quite the unique journey to the playing field.

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Lewis-Taylor aspired to be an engineer. When she graduated high school in 2008, she enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue her dream. She even walked on to the soccer team. She wasn't ready yet, however, struggling academically, so she left the school.

That's when Lewis-Taylor enlisted in the Coast Guard. She immediately showed it was the right choice, earning Most Physically Fit honors in boot camp. She was deployed to Michigan where her duties included ice rescue, search and rescure, and law enforcement. It was there she saved her first life, rescuing a 17-year-old girl who plummeted off a cliff into the waters below.

She moved from Virginia to Boston where Lewis-Taylor became part of an anti-terrorist unit and the hurricane response team as well. She was amongst the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing and Hurricane Sandy. Lewis-Taylor logged over 1,650 hours and 22 search and rescues. Those search and rescues saved ten lives. 

But through it all, she wanted to be an engineer. She left the Coast Guard and enrolled at Daniel Webster College where she earned First Team All-New England Collegiate Conference honors in field hockey, while remaining focused on her grades. Now, she is a member of the Penmen doing the two things she loves most: sports and engineering.

Lewis-Taylor is a hero both on and off the field. Her story is an inspiration to her teammates past and present.

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