Surrounded by teammates, family and coaches, two Agnes Irwin seniors signed National Letters of Intent Nov. 11 to continue their athletic careers in college. Sarah Platt signed to play lacrosse next year at the University of Virginia, with classmate Rosie Kalis signing to play field hockey at Miami University (Ohio).
Platt, a defender on the Agnes Irwin lacrosse team and two-time captain, was named USA Today’s Pennsylvania Player of the Year in 2015. This summer, she competed in Scotland as a member of the USA U19 lacrosse team in the U19 World Championship.
“Sarah has led Agnes Irwin lacrosse from being 2-18 to No. 6 in the country,” said Agnes Irwin lacrosse head coach Jenny Duckenfield.
Platt was also named to the All-USA Girls Lacrosse First Team and the All-InterAc League First Team in 2015.
Duckenfield added that, on top of her accolades, “What Sarah brings to the team is love and support for her teammates and fellow captains, integrity, and tremendous grit. Grit is what brought this team to where it is today, and she has that intangible characteristic that will make her successful.”
Grit is a quality that also accurately describes Kalis, a four-year varsity field hockey goalie, according to Agnes Irwin field hockey head coach Alison Brant.
“The goalkeeper position is probably the hardest position in any sport, but especially in field hockey,” Brant said. “You have to dive, get bruises; you are inviting people to shoot on you at 85 miles an hour, and you’re welcoming that.”
“You have developed such mental toughness and strong character,” Brant told Kalis, who was named to the All-InterAc Second Team in 2014. “The confidence you’ve developed has served you in the classroom and will serve you well the rest of your life.”