BEDFORD, N.Y. – Liz Longo would be upset every time she thought about missing her senior year playing for the Fox Lane varsity field hockey team because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered during girls’ lacrosse season.
Longo said she put off surgery until after the summer. When Longo went in, her doctor told her the torn anterior cruciate ligament miraculously healed itself. That was great news because it would allow Longo to play the sport she loves – field hockey.
“I really couldn’t believe it, at first,” said Longo of her doctor giving her the good news. “I was in shock, overwhelmed and so happy to know that I would be back on the field with the team.”
Longo and her Fox Lane teammates open play Friday in the Section 1 Class A field hockey championships. The eighth-seeded Foxes host the ninth-seeded Indians of John Jay-Cross River in a first-round game.
Before Longo returned, she went through physical therapy to strengthen her leg. Longo was eager to get back on the field at center back, where she has played her two previous years on varsity.
“I made my way back a few weeks into the season and my first game back was against Rye,” Longo said. “I was ready and excited and I felt right back home on the field.
“This year, playing field hockey with this team means a lot to me because we have a great group. This is something I am never going to forget.”