The Darien field hockey team celebrated winning the FCIAC championship for the third time in five years last Thursday with a 3-0 win over Wilton, but that may not even have been the team’s biggest accomplishment of the night.

Every year at halftime of the conference title game, the coaches of the FCIAC present their Courage Award to a deserving member of the field hockey community.

The 2017 award went to Darien sophomore Catherine Vogt.

Vogt is a cancer survivor, and has used her battle to further research and give back to others struggling with the disease.

“Our fundraiser this year was for pediatric cancer research,” Darien coach Mo Minicus explained. “And then we learned she was a cancer survivor, so on that day we used Go 4 the Goal, and it’s a sports fundraiser where they raise money for pediatric cancer, and we had an online donation where we made almost $4,000.”

In Darien’s regular season meeting with Wilton back in October, Vogt spoke at halftime, and left a lasting impression.

“Catherine spoke at halftime, and at our meeting the day before the championship game when we were putting up nominations and the Wilton coach nominated her,” Minicus said. “She said Catherine moved her team so much and she’s an incredible young girl.”

Despite her health, Vogt continues to give back as she still has personal ties to the illness and the effect it can have.

“She’s a cancer survivor and she just continues to give,” Minicus said. “She goes away to a camp every year to be a counselor and help out and she has a friend right now who’s suffering, so she’s still really living it.” @reportedbytheAP