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.
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.
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.
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!!