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Victor grad redefines her role after concussions end lacrosse playing career

The first thought in Kaci Messier’s head was her head. Something hit it and hit it hard, with no warning.

The second thought? The pain. Excruciating pain.

“I had no idea who it was or really, what happened,” said Messier. “I remember the feeling of hitting my head and how much it hurt. I just assumed I ran into someone.”

Victor’s Kaci Messier, left, takes a shot on goal while defended by Somers’ Gabby Rosenzweig during the NYSPHSAA Girls Lacrosse Championships Class B semifinal played at SUNY Cortland on June 5, 2015. (Photo: ADRIAN KRAUS)

That was four years ago, when Messier was a junior soccer player for the Victor Blue Devils in the first round of the Section V Class AA Tournament. And while there was no way of knowing what would come of that collision on the field, the picture today is clear.

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