Cecelia Saunders is off and running at nearby Rosemont College on the Main Line.

Saunders, a Phoenixville Area High School graduate, is a freshman for the Ramblers. She recently completed the field hockey season and will also be playing basketball during the winter and lacrosse in the spring.

Saunders was named Pennsylvania Athletic Conference field hockey player of the week for the week ending last Saturday. She scored four goals and added an assist as Rosemont (3-13) won two of three games during the final week of the season.

Saunders finished the year with eight goals from the right wing position on the forward line. Not bad for a sport she has not played much.

"I am not a field hockey player," Saunders said. "They asked me if I would play field hockey and I said OK."

She plans to focus more on basketball and lacrosse for the Ramblers.

"They are real good in lacrosse," Saunders said.

Saunders was hampered by a knee injury during her senior year at Phoenixville. She is not totally recovered but is still well enough to play sports.

"I still have knee problems," she said. "I go for therapy. It is not completely healed, but I can play on it."

Saunders scored the winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory over Immaculata.

She followed that up with two goals in a 3-2 overtime win over Marywood.. Then came the Ramblers' lone goal in a 6-1 loss to Misericordia in the season finale.

Saunders played some soccer in the fall while at PAHS. Previously, she played field hockey during her early years while at Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC).

Now, Saunders is not far from home, but she spends her time on campus or in Philadelphia.

"It (Rosemont) is kind of like Phoenixville," Saunders said. "Phoenixville is not big. Everybody knows everybody. It is like that here.

"I am closer to the city. I can hop on a train and go to the city if I want to."

Saunders has declared political science as her academic major.

Lynn Rothenhoefer is the athletic director as well as the head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Rosemont.

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