Leopards Celebrate 2017 In Annual Banquet

It was a time of mixed emotions as the Lafayette Field Hockey Team remembered their 2017 season but, bid the seniors good luck as they transition to alumni status. Graduation is only weeks away and as usual there will be 100 percent of the players who will accept their well earned diploma. But this was a time also for the seniors to reflect on their adventures on and off the field.

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Four Seniors greet their teammates

It was an accomplished senior class of Ellen Colbourne, Cody Hunsicker, Kaitlyn Ewing, Rosie Shanks and Meg Lillis. Meg actually graduated in January, one semester ahead of her classmates. She was the second field hockey player to do that in my memory. She graduated with a 3.93 average in Economics and Government and Law.

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Class of ’19 gives the class of ’18 their best wishes. Adriana Pero, Liza Welch, Kristen Taylor, Rachael Bird, and Theresa Delahanty

It is a class of accomplishments. Three made the Patriot League Honor Roll. Rosie Shanks had been the offensive player of the week for the League, Meg, Ellen and Kaitlyn made the NFHCA Academic Squad. Ellen was an NFHCA all region selection, Ellen ,and Cody made the all PL team along with sophomore Lisa van der Geest.

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Major award winners Van der Geest, Colbourne, Hunsicker and Shanks pose for the cameras

There were team awards present to Meg Lillis for academic excellence as well as the unsung hero. Ellen Colbourne won the Iron Leopard award for fitness, Cody Hunsicker was voted to the Player’s award for her efforts, Rosie Shanks added to her hardware by garnering the coaches award.

Last but not least the Rappolt Most Valuable Player was sophomore Lisa van der Geest.

Coach Jennifer Stone gave an emotional review of the season, while the LCFH class of 2018 reminded us of four years of fun, work, and camaraderie. Finally there was the traditional sendoff by our rising seniors.

In the end, the participants could see how much their four years meant to them. As an audience member I could have listened all night to these important, skilled and well educated young women!!

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 20 year fan of Division one field hockey

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