Scouting Out the Scouts: Caroline Keil


Nick Fontana, Staff Writer

Each week Scouting out the Scouts will profile one successful athlete. Last time, we checked out Lainey Tabor’s success. 

On Wednesday, Girls Scouts Lacrosse took down Lake Zurich 14-1 on their senior night to bolster their record to 13-2. The special night became even more magnificent as with that win, the Scouts won the North Suburban Conference Championship.

This marks the second year in a row that the Scouts have been crowned NSC champions, coming after a very good 2021 team who fell to Glenbrook South in the super sectionals last June.

Record wise, the two teams are very similar in matchups: both teams suffered harsh losses against Loyola but dominated the NSC. However, this year’s team has a chance to redeem themselves against New Trier and on into the state tournament.

“Our expectations for the state tournament are to go as far as we possibly can. We are confident that we will make it to play on June 4th and play either New Trier or Loyola,” junior captain Caroline Keil said.

Keil has led the charge for the Scouts this season with 56 goals and 15 assists so far, alongside teammates Kate Kaptrosky (Butler commit) and Megan Rocklein who all combine for 222 total points.

Kaptrosky and Keil have been a dynamic duo these past two years and have looked unstoppable when playing together, sitting at top two in total points for the Scouts the last two years. When one of them has an off game, the other will pick them up and have an amazing game. And when they both play well, good luck to the other team.

“Caroline is one of the hardest workers I know. She is also a great teammate, captain and friend to have beside me on and off the field. I have been playing lacrosse with Caroline for a while now and over the years we have developed a very strong bond on the lacrosse field and connect very well with each other,” Kaptrosky said.

Even with the missed Covid year in 2020, Keil continued to work on her craft and show her strong work ethic to become a better athlete while others did not. In doing so, she had a breakout 2021 season with 65 goals and 10 assists as a sophomore. 

“Although she is a junior, Caroline is one of the best leaders on our team. She has the perfect balance of fun and work when it comes to our games and practices. She can make us laugh and become better at the same time. This balance has made our team stronger,” teammate Ella Mickey said. ”I know for a fact all of our underclassman look up to her as a player and as a person, and I know she will continue to be an asset to the Lake Forest Girls Lacrosse program next year.”

That work ethic and star potential that Keil’s teammates have seen were also noticed by Division One coaches across the country.

In September of last year, Keil committed to Denver University.

“I am super excited to be a part of the Denver program. When I visited it felt like home and the coaches and girls on the team were just awesome and so welcoming. I also loved the history and success of DU lacrosse,” she said.

Denver is an up and coming lacrosse program and is currently ranked 9th in the country with a 17-2 record.

For Keil and the Scouts, only three games remain on the schedule before the state tournament. This will be the toughest three game stretch that they face: #20 Fremd, #8 Evanston, and #1 New Trier. 

This will be a much needed challenge for the Scouts as they prepare for the state tournament and hopefully for a long and successful run. 

You can catch the Scouts today against Fremd at West Campus, 6:45 p.m.