Middleburg, VA (November 10, 2014) —Fourteen Foxcroft School athletes from four different sports have earned All-Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) honors for their outstanding performances this fall, Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff announced Wednesday.
Four of the athletes — Annie Mickum, Kat Forrest, Allison Buffenbarger and Lindsay Woods — are repeat First Team choices. Another athlete, junior Alex Grace of Purcellville, VA, earned All-DAC honors in her fourth sport after finishing fifth in the Cross-Country Championship on Oct. 30. Last year, Grace was tabbed for the top conference teams in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse.
Mickum, a junior from The Plains, VA, who was the DAC’s Tennis Player of the Year in 2013, was named to the All-DAC Tennis First Team along with junior Linda Yang of Beijing. Sophomore Isabel Stettinius (Washington, D.C.), received Honorable Mention. The team, coached by Susan Erba and Lew Burridge, finished second in the DAC and was ranked seventh among Virginia Independent School Athletic Association Division II teams for most of the season.
Four members of the fifth-ranked field hockey team were named First Team as juniors Pipsy Steyn and Laney Malone, both of Leesburg, VA, joined sophomore repeat selections Buffenbarger (Leesburg, VA), and Woods (Philomont, VA) . Serena Holz, a junior from Delaplane, VA, was Honorable Mention. Woods and Steyn, who was an Honorable Mention a year ago, anchored the Foxcroft defense, while Malone, a transfer from Bishop O’Connell School, and Holz finished 1-2 in scoring. Buffenbarger led the team in assists and was a force end to end.
Under the guidance of Coach Michelle Woodruff, the team was runner-up in the DAC and ranked fifth entering the VISA A’s Division II state tournament. Steyn’s penalty stroke – her first goal of the season — Tuesday advanced the team to the Final Four this weekend in Virginia Beach.
In volleyball, Forrest (Sperryville, VA) was joined on the First Team by senior setter Emma Rogers (Reston, VA). Junior Lilly Savin (Boynton Beach, FL). received Honorable Mention. An outside hitter, Forrest had 156 kills this season, the most by any Foxcroft volleyball player since the team joined the DAC in 2008. Rogers recorded the most assists with 227 while Savin led the team in digs and service points. The team, coached by Fred McMane and Maria Eagen, reached the DAC Championship game for the first time.
Cross Country All-Conference selections are determined by finishes in the DAC Championship race at the end of the season. Lexie Williams, a junior from Lovettsville, VA, finished in sixth and Brittany Hector, a sophomore from Miami, was eighth to join Grace on the All-DAC team. It was the first time that Foxcroft has had three finishers among the top 10. Coaches Matt Mohler and John Scharfenberg guided the squad to its best finish ever in the DAC Championship, third place – just one point behind Wakefield School.