Athlete of the Week: Honey Roche

Athlete of the Week: Honey Roche

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By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor

Honey Roche, a senior business administration major, is a midfielder/defender for the women’s lacrosse team. Roche was a member of the 2013 National Championship team and made the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2014. Last season as a junior, Roche scored 28 goals and notched eight assists. She looks to lead the Pioneers to another memorable season.

Senior defenseman/mid elder Honey Roche. Photo courtesy of LIU Post Athletics
Senior defenseman/mid elder Honey Roche.
Photo courtesy of LIU Post Athletics

Q: What influenced your decision to come to Post?

A: I knew I wanted to come to Post the second I stepped on campus. I loved the campus, the lacrosse team, coaching staff and just the overall atmosphere at the school. I knew it was the right fit for me.

Q: As a senior, how do the younger players look up to you as a leader?

A: I try my best to lead by example both on and off the field. I put the team first and I’m always there for my teammates. I hope to be someone the underclassmen can look up to.

Q: Can you describe the feeling of winning a National Championship back in your freshman year?

A: Winning the championship my freshman year was the most unbelievable experience. It’s honestly hard to put it into words. It was an amazing way to start off my college career and I would like nothing more than to end on that same note.

Q: How did learning from players like Jackie Sileo and Co. help you grow and develop on the collegiate level?

A: I have played with some incredible alumni, including Jackie Sileo, BC Drost, Bridgett Soares and more. They taught me so much about life and lacrosse and continue to support our team. It was a privilege to be able to play with them.

Q: What would you say is your biggest goal this season after you guys weren’t given a bid into last year’s NCAA Tournament?

A: I think our biggest goal this season is to focus on ourselves. This is a new year and a new team. We can’t look back on our past success or failure and we can’t look too far ahead. We are just taking it one day at a time and I am very excited to see what this team can do.

Q: How does being a midfielder/defender help you see all aspects of the game on both offense and defense?

A: Playing midfield helps open my eyes and understand more about the game. [Coach] Meg continues to teach me all the little things that help me see the field better and anticipate the next play.

Q: What is the strongest asset of your game and why?

A: I think the strongest asset of my game is my passion. I love the game of lacrosse, sometimes too much. I always push myself to my limits and encourage my teammates to do the same.

Q: How long have you been playing lacrosse and what inspired you to play?

A: I started playing lacrosse in second grade. My older siblings all played, so I couldn’t wait to get on the field. I quickly fell in love with the game and couldn’t get enough of it.

Q: Do you have any other interests or hobbies?

A: I enjoy playing basketball and spikeball. I always like to try new things (and I usually do that with my siblings) like skydiving or riding in hot air balloons.

Q: What is your favorite part about playing lacrosse?

A: My favorite part about playing lacrosse is just going out there and having fun. That’s easy to do when your teammates are your best friends. We make the most out of every practice and love just messing around on the field.

Q: Who is the one person that you most admire?

A: The person I admire most is our old assistant coach, Alyssa Kildare. She has taught me so much about both life and lacrosse. I still keep in touch with her and reach out to her for any advice I need.

Q: What is your most significant moment as an individual in college?

A: When I think of my experiences throughout college, I don’t consider it an individual effort. Every success and accomplishment has been because of my teammates. Even if it was something off the field, they were the ones pushing me to do my best. My most significant moment as an individual was the day I joined the team, and ever since then it’s just been about us as a whole.

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