Top-ranked Foxcroft lacrosse dominated the All-Delaney Athletic Conference selections announced recently with (left-right) Emma Rogers, Alex Grace, Pipsy Steyn, Serena Holz, Tori Weber and Malan Jackson all earning honors. Graces is the DAC Player of the Year; Rogers, Steyn, Weber and Jackson were named to the First Team; and Holz was honorable mention.
Middleburg, VA (May 10, 2015) – Foxcroft’s dynamic duo of senior Emma Rogers. and junior Alex Grace combined for 11 goals, including four apiece in the second half Friday, to rally Foxcroft School to a 12-11 victory over Highland School for its third consecutive Delaney Athletic Conference lacrosse championship
While Rogers, a two-time DAC Player of the Year, and Grace, this year’s honoree, recharged a sluggish offense, it was a key steal by freshman defender Mia Moseley with 1:22 remaining that sealed the narrow victory.
Foxcroft (10-2), which will enter the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II tournament Tuesday as the top seed, trailed 6-3 at the half, but it was a much more determined team that took the field in the second half.
“I don’t know the reason for it, but we’ve been a much better second-half team this year,” said Coach Michelle Woodruff, who along with Patrick Finn was named Coach of the Year in the DAC by their peers. “It sometimes takes us a full half to get warmed up.”
Rogers, who has committed to play at NCAA Division I Radford University next year, scored twice within 39 seconds after the intermission to pull Foxcroft within one goal. Aafter Highland scored to make it 7-5, Grace scored four goals in a span of 3:51 to give Foxcroft a 9-7 lead.
“We didn’t control the draws in the first half,” Finn said. “I told them we had to start taking control of the draws. We did a much better job in the second half. Emma was a key there. We put her in to take the draws and she won most of them which enabled us to get our offense moving.”
It appeared that Foxcroft would seize complete control of the game as junior Winnie Masson scored once and Rogers added two more to give Foxcroft a 12-9 lead at the 11:02 mark. But Highland came back, scoring twice to pull to within one goal with 3:57 remaining.
Highland went on the attack again in an effort to tie the score, but Moseley knocked the ball loose from a Highland attacker with a stick check at the 1:22 mark and gained control of the ball. Foxcroft was then able to run out the clock.
Foxcroft has now beaten Highland three years in a row for the DAC The teams, ranked #1 and 2 in the state much of this season, have played three very tight games this year and will likely meet again in the state tournament.
Foxcroft, the defending state champion, will host a first-round state tournament match Tuesday. The semifinals and final will be played Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.
After the game Woodruff, the school’s athletic director and DAC lacrosse chair, announced that Grace, a Purcellville, VA, resident, had been selected as DAC Player of the Year. Emma (Reston, VA) , junior midfielder Pipsy Steyn (Leesburg), junior attack Malan Jackson(Middleburg) and senior defender Tori Weber (Waterford, VA) also were named to the All-DAC First Team. Junior defender Serena Holz (Delaplane, VA) received honorable mention.