His athletic season begins in August and doesn't finish until the middle of May. He transitions from soccer in the fall to indoor track and field in the winter and outdoor in the spring, but that has not stopped Bridgewater State standout Conor Murtagh from having great success on and off the field of play.
Choosing Bridgewater State for college was an easy decision for the senior from nearby Walpole, Mass.. Not wanting to give up either soccer or track, Murtagh was given the opportunity to play both for the Bears while also allowing his parents to attend games and meets to see him compete.
Although Murtagh might spend most of his time on the soccer field or track, he is also excelling in the classroom. At the end of this academic year, he will graduate with a bachelors degree in finance and economics which he hopes will land him a job as a financial analyst at a firm. He received MASCAC academic accolades as a 2015 Spring All-Academic Team honoree.
If he isn't in class, you most likely will find Murtagh in either the library or Tinsley Center which are where he spends a lot of his time on campus. Outside of his class and competition schedule, he is also involved in the Bridgewater State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Murtagh has etched his name into the Bridgewater State record books for both soccer and track and field. The two-time MASCAC Player of the Year led his team to the 2015 MASCAC Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. He finished the 2015 season first in goals (18), assists (8) and points (44). Over his four years with the Bears, he netted 31 goals and 72 points, second and third most in school history, respectively.
On the track, Murtagh is a three-time All-American performer, once during the indoor season and twice for outdoor. During the 2015 NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships, Murtagh finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.96 seconds for All-American honors and a new Bridgewater State indoor record. Currently this indoor season, he ranks 10th in Division III in the 60 meter hurdles.
Even though track and field is seen as an individual sport, it was teammate Joseph Danner-Hicks that greatly influenced Murtagh during their time together on the team. Whether he was keeping tabs on him during the off season or helping with nutrition and workouts, Danner-Hicks helped mold Murtagh into a better athlete.