Sports remain a big part of Kate Romanowski’s future, but this spring represented the last time she would compete as a high school athlete and in a sport she’s dominated on the local level.
It would have been so easy for Romanowski to peek ahead to her Division I field hockey career at Villanova University. But instead, she and the rest of the outgoing seniors kept their focus on keeping Wyoming Seminary churning as a top District 2 program in girls lacrosse for at least one more season.
With every opponent well aware of her abilities and many determined to use any and all methods available to slow her down, Romanowski increased her production by scoring 89 goals (a career high) and assisting on 21 others.
For her efforts, the senior repeats as the Times Leader Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
“I definitely think that the whole team, all the seniors, we’re going to miss it a lot,” said Romanowski, who teamed with another senior repeat all-star, Abby Straub, to lead Wyoming Seminary to another pair of league and District 2 championships. “Especially, Abby, was one of the other people that is going to miss it a lot.
“We tried to play like it was our last season, because we’re never going to get to play the sport again.”
While Romanowski heads off to Villanova, Straub is going to play at one of the nation’s elite Division III field hockey programs — Franklin & Marshall.
This spring represented one last high school season for the Blue Knights teammates.
“It was our last sport in high school,” Romanowski said. “So, we were just trying to give it our all.”
And as it turns out, “all” meant leading Wyoming Seminary to its second straight unbeaten regular season in the WVC. As a whole, the program lost just three conference games during her career — all in Romanowski’s first two years in the program.
And as the Blue Knights found success, so did Romanowski — whose goal total rose from 27 as a freshman to 60, 72, then another big climb this season.
She finished with 239 goals and 54 assists as a Blue Knight.
“Kate obviously is really dynamic in the midfield,” Wyoming Seminary coach Catie Kersey said.
As a two-way player, Romanowski was a major weapon for Wyoming Seminary. She led the team’s strong transition between offense and defense with a combination of speed and endurance around the field.
“Working the ball down the middle of the field is one of our strengths,” Kersey said. “Having the athleticism on the field that we’ve had is just a tremendous asset for us.
“But, it’s not only the athleticism. They want to win.”
Romanowski takes that will to win to the Wildcats when she officially reports to the squad on Aug 9.
The numbers say Romanowski’s offense continued to improve, but she said her concentration was elsewhere this season.
“I tried to work more on my defense because my offense was something I worked on more the year before,” said Romanowski, who shared team captain duties with Straub. “And, just trying to be a team player all around in preparing the younger girls for the seasons to come.
“They’re going to be missing 12 seniors.”