ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Kelsey Reznick, Wyoming Seminary Field Hockey
Wyoming Seminary senior Kelsey Reznick scored her team’s first goal on a penalty stroke — one that held up to be the game-winner — in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newport for the PIAA Class A state championship. Reznick was also part of a stifiling defense that did not allow a goal through four state tournament games.
Q: One day later, has it sunk in yet that you’re a state champion?
A: Yes and no. The game went so fast that it happened, and after you could definitely feel it. Waking up the next day it’s like ‘Wow, we just won a state championship.’ It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I think once we get back to school it will really hit when the faculty and students are congratulating us.
Q: Being heavy favorites, how did you prevent any overconfidence?
A: We didn’t underestimate any opponents. We made it to the state championship last year and I think we got too hot headed there and thought we’d walk in and win, and that didn’t happen. That was a really good lesson for our team to learn last year and we took it into this year.
Q: Scoring what held up to be the game-winning goal, what did that mean for you personally to be able to do that for your school and your program?
A: I think it was awesome, first, my teammates were able to get the stroke, then, being able to take it and having my coaches and teammates trust me with the stroke. It was still 0-0 at that point, it really meant a lot to me and gave me that confidence knowing my coaches knew I could do it.
Q: Playing defense, if someone told you before the state tournament you’d get four straight shutouts, would you have believed it?
A: Yes. With myself and my goalkeeper, Mia Magnotta, and two sidebacks Kate Barilla and Grace Parsons, I think we have worked tremendously hard the whole year. They were there the whole year and I switched halfway through. We really worked together communicating and organizing ourselves and the people in front of us to not let any goals in. It was a really awesome accomplishment and I was fully confident we could’ve done that.
Q: With so many D-I college players on the team, was it difficult to put personal egos aside to say, ‘Hey, if we all play our roles we can do something really special?’
A: That has been a problem my four years here, we all have a lot of strong personalities. Getting those to mesh and work together as team is something we’ve struggled with the past couple years. We really got it together this year and realized we’re all a team, we’re all here for the same goal.
Getting to know Kelsey
Family: Deborah (mother), Jason (father), Curtis (brother, 19).
Favorite subject: Biology
Favorite movie: Stick it
Favorite TV show: Vampire Diaries
Favorite athlete: Kim Barbacci
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite food: Chicken fingers
Ideal pizza toppings: Ham & pineapple
Favorite place to eat: Red Leaf
Song that gets you fired up before a game: “Praise the Lord” by ASAP Rocky
Good luck charm/superstitious ritual: Wearing the same Hock Socks every game
Favorite app on your smartphone: Spotify
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?: Netherlands
One word that best describes you: Kind
What superpower would you like to have?: Flying
Favorite thing about field hockey: The adversity of each game
Hardest thing about field hockey: Staying mentally controlled
Could Rose have saved Jack at the end of Titanic?: Yes, she could’ve saved him
The one thing you can’t live without: Parents
One thing that scares you the most: A career-ending injury
If you won the lottery, first thing you’d do with the money: Buy a new wardrobe
Biggest role model: Dad
After high school: Play field hockey at Duke University and study medicine.