The 2015 edition of Lafayette Field Hockey met for the last time at the traditional annual banquet. Marking their four years at Lafayette, seniors, coaches, parents and teammates recalled and celebrated the accomplishments of these remarkable young women. The awards were many, four all patriot league selections, two all region selections, selection to the national senior all star game, numerous patriot league weekly awards, academic all patriot league selections, twelve selections to the patriot league honor roll, five selections the Division one national academic squad, and one selection as a 2015 NFHCA Scholar of Distinction.
The Leopards made it to the semi-finals of Patriot League championships based upon their league play during the season. But it was their off the field camaraderie that garnered much of the attention of speakers this afternoon. The program started off with welcoming remarks by head coach Jennifer Stone and the 2015 captains Hannah Millen and Amanda Magadan. After lunch I gave some brief remarks on the support given by the friends of field hockey, noting that the support was a testament to the esteem in which this programs held.
Coach Stone then gave a detailed recount of the season taking time to mention the seniors and their accomplishments and contributions. It was then the turn for the senior speaker, Abbey Stefanides. She gave an emotional and moving speech expressing what their time as a members of the team meant to them.
The Seniors as group recounted their 4 years with an inside lighthearted look of four years as a member of the Lafayette College Field Hockey team. The audience of parents, administrators and fans were all entertained. It was then the turn of the remaining team members and Katelyn Arnold to extend their best wishes to the senior class.
It was at this point the annual awards were handed out by Coach Stone. The award for academic excellence went to Katelyn Arnold…there is no better qualification than perfection in the classroom for Katelyn. The award for overall fitness, the Iron Leopard was given to Caitlyn Ewing. Paige Macrae received the Unsung Hero award for her outstanding contributions on the field that went unnoticed by the public. The award for the person who personified the ideals of program went to Katelyn Arnold. The coaches award was given to Abby Stefanides for her attitude and contributions to team morale. Last but certainly not least was the Rappolt MVP award which was given to Amanda Madagan.
As always the participants appreciated the afternoon which cemented the connections between the past and future for LCFH!