LONGMEADOW, Mass (WGGB) — Saturday at Worcester State University the Longmeadow field hockey team will play Andover for the Division One state title.
They always stress teamwork at Longmeadow. And while its taken a team effort to get the Lancers this far, there is always that one player that makes the biggest difference.
This season that player is junior midfielder Kit Rosen, our ABC40/Fox 6 Athlete of the Week.
“We don’t loose often at Longmeadow,” said head coach Ann SImons. “But let me tell you when we’re behind she gets us going.”
“She makes the kids better just because of her solid play. She’s our leader on the field.”
A leader on the field. No finer tribute can be paid to an athlete. And on the field hockey fields of Western Massachusetts, Kit Rosen has helped lead her Longmeadow team to within one win of an M-I-A-A state championship.
At Longmeadow they say that tradition doesn’t graduate. But six starters from last years field hockey team did graduate. It was a challenge that Kit and her teammates faced head on. It’s why Kit Rosen loves to play field hockey.
“Field Hockey is such a team sport,” said Kit Rosen. “I love being on a team and unlike other sports you really can’t do it alone. You can’t carry it more than 5 or 10 yards without losing it.”
“When you’re in middle school you want to be on that team, be on that winning team. If I could do it again I’d still choose field hockey.”
“She has so much going for her in field hockey,” said Longmeadow senior Katie Taylor. “She’s so lucky she has another season to continue. She loves the sport so much and it’s great that she’s gotten this far.”
And for Kit and the Lancers there have been great successes, and bitter disappointments on their way to this weekend’s state championship.
Last week Longmeadow defeated Agawam 2-0 to win the Western Mass championship. Kit scored the second goal of the game, the nail in the coffin so to speak.
Meantime last season when the Lancers reached the Western Mass final they ran into South Hadley. The infamous team with the boys on the roster. South Hadley won the title. A bitter disappointment for sure. So you can imagine what this years success means to everyone.
“I think it would team me that team work pays off so much, ” said Kit. “Because that’s what we’ve done this whole season. And that’s been the key to our success all season.”
“So I think for the rest of my life I would remember that team work out weighs individual talent and selflessness on the field hockey field.”
Thursday afternoon the Longmeadow girls went through a spirited workout on the turf at Elms College. Saturday Kit Rosen will lead her team against defending state champion Andover. Hoping for a perfect end to a dream season.
“The town is blessed, the school is blessed, the community is blessed,” said Ann Simon. “Good things always come to those who wait.”
Longmeadow junior Kit Rosen is this weeks ABC40/Fox6 Athlete of the Week.