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Athlete of the Week: Keliann Margiotta

By Thomas Scavetta
Assistant Sports Editor

Keliann Margiotta is a senior who is double-majoring in speech pathology and audiology, with a minor in psychology. Margiotta hails from Sewell, N.J., and serves as a forward for the Field Hockey team as they look to get over the hump and win the NCAA Championship after coming extremely close the past two years. She is the leading goalscorer for the Pioneers with her seven tallies, and has three assists through ten games.

#1 Keliann Margiotta. Photo: LIU Post Athletics
#1 Keliann Margiotta.
Photo: LIU Post Athletics

Q: As a senior, how do the younger players look up to you?
A: I know how to manage my time and I teach the younger girls how to hold themselves on the field, which builds their confidence and overall figure to hold themselves accountable for.

Q: What is the strongest part of your game?
A: My desire to never quit or give up on and off the field.

Q: How long have you been playing field hockey and what got you into it?
A: I’ve been playing for about nine years. My mom was an All-American, so I gave it a try and loved it.

Q: What are some of your accomplishments so far here at Post?
A: I won Northeast-10 player of the year last year. I’ve been an All-American and an Academic All-American in addition to setting the career and single-season assist record. I also hold the record for most goals in a season.

Q: If you had to play a different position, what would it be and why?
A: I would play center-midfield because it’s the all-around spy on the field. I’d get to work with others offensively and defensively, which is the biggest aspect role on the team.

Q: How do you think your team will fare in the NE-10?
A: As of right now, we need a clean sweep and just have to tweak some things that haven’t worked for us on the field and we’ll get to where we want to be.

Q: How can this team win the National Championship after coming close in previous years?
A: We know what it takes to get there, but we just need to figure out which way to turn at the end of the road.

Q: How can you guys improve moving forward?
A: We can improve by putting in extra time and effort. Coming together and playing as a cohesive unit is also key.

Q: What is your favorite part about playing field hockey?
A: My favorite part is the competitive aspect of the game and pushing myself for something that I love.

Q: What brought you to Post?
A: My major and the opportunity to play field hockey. Only three schools on the East Coast had both, Post being one of them.

Q: Do you have any plans after you graduate?
A: I’m going to graduate school for my audiology degree and research.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: My favorite athlete is Abby Wambach because she puts herself on the line and does everything she can to make her playing easier even though she’s older.

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