Back from deployment, soldier surprises sister on Senior Day

By LAURA NEWBERRY | The Reading (Pa.) Eagle | Published: February 25, 2014

READING, Pa. — Senior Day for the Albright College women's basketball team is usually a sentimental affair for the players and their supporters.

But for Meghan Boyle, emotions ran even higher on Saturday when her brother, William, showed up during pre-game introductions after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan.

"Words can't explain it," Meghan Boyle, 21, said Monday at Albright's Bollman Center Gymnasium. "I didn't even realize I had screamed, thinking back on it. I was just so excited."

Boyle hadn't seen her 20-year-old brother since he was deployed overseas more than a year ago, she said. He's a fire support specialist with the Army's 101st Airborne Division.

He'd been home on leave for a couple of weeks before the game, Boyle said, but was waiting to surprise her during Senior Day festivities.

She said her brother had wanted to join the military since he could talk, so she and her family were prepared for his enlisting when he turned 18. But that hasn't made the prolonged separation any easier, she said.

"We're 14 months apart so we've done everything together," Boyle said. "I consider him my best friend."

Boyle, a early childhood education major, pulled down five rebounds in the game against Elizabethtown College to move into fourth all-time in the Albright record book in that category.

She said she's been fielding calls and interview requests from TV stations and other media outlets since Saturday's game.

"It's definitely not what I'm used to," Boyle said, laughing.

Boyle said she's going home to Monson, Mass., this weekend to visit with her brother before he reports to his base in Kentucky next week.

William was recently named soldier of the year for his division.

"I'm proud of him," Boyle said.


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