Richmond (May 26, 2014) – Led by junior attack Emma Rogers’s nine goals and three assists, Foxcroft School defeated Norfolk Collegiate, 18-13, May 17 to win the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II lacrosse championship.
It is the first state championship in any sport for Foxcroft and capped at perfect 17-0 lacrosse season.
“Seventeen and oh on the 17th of May in (year) 100,” quipped Foxcroft coach and athletic director Michelle Woodruff.
VISAA Division II Lacrosse Championship
Rogers, a two-time Delaney Athletic Conference Player of the Year, had help from sophomore midfielder Alex Grace, who had three goals, 13 draw controls and 10 ground balls, and senior midfielder Lilly MacDonald, who also scored three times. Sophomore midfielder Pipsy Steyn added two goals and sophomore attack Malan Jackson had one goal and three assists.
“We controlled the draws, at least most of them, and that controls the game,” Foxcroft coach Patrick Finn said. “Alex was great. Their defense couldn’t really handle our speed.”
Woodruff, who worked at Norfolk Collegiate prior to coming to Foxcroft in 2009, coached several of the NCS players when they were in middle school and she marveled at the offensive speed at both ends of the field.
“It was a good game,” said Woodruff. “A couple of the players I coached at NCS are really good, and we had trouble stopping them. But Emma played a great game and we didn’t have much trouble scoring against them.”
Rogers scored five goals in the first half to help Foxcroft build a 10-5 lead and Foxcroft increased its lead to 11-5 when MacDonald scored the first goal of the second half. NCS then scored four consecutive goals in the space of three minutes to pull within two goals. Finn removed freshman goaltender Marley Blycher, who was having trouble seeing the ball on the bright sunny day and sent sophomore Marias Blundell in for next six minutes before Blycher returned. She ended up with two saves.
All season long, Foxcroft has scored in quick spurts and this was the case again when MacDonald and Rogers scored within a 17-second span to put Foxcroft ahead, 13-9, with 18:26 remaining. NCS scored again with 15:37 remaining, but Foxcroft outscored their opponents, 5-3, in the final 15:22 to cement the victory.
“Every time they would score we would score,” Finn said. “We never let them gain momentum.”
Rogers’s nine goals gave her 78 on the season and Grace finished with a single-season school-record 92. Foxcroft had three other players score more than 20 goals with Steyn (42), MacDonald (31) and Jackson (22) adding great scoring balance.
Five Foxcroft players have been selected first team All-State, athletic director Michelle Woodruff announced May 21.
Sophomore midfielder Alex Grace, who set a single-season school record with 92 goals, was chosen as Player of the Year. Junior attack Emma Rogers, sophomore midfielder Pipsy Steyn, senior midfielder Lilly MacDonald and senior defender Kate Eagen also were first team choices.
Patrick Finn and Michelle Woodruff, who share the coaching duties for Foxcroft, were named Coaches of the Year by VISAA, the Virginia athletic association of independent schools.
The All-State team was chosen by a VISAA committee from names submitted by coaches whose teams participated in the postseason tournament.
Grace, a Purcellville resident, turned in an exceptional performance in Foxcroft’s three VISAA tournament games, registering 16 goals, 18 ground balls and controlling most of the draws. Her 92 goals on the season placed her first in Virginia among players registered with MaxPreps. She had seven goals in a 21-3 rout of Wakefield, six in a 10-6 semifinal triumph over Highland and three in an 18-13 victory over Norfolk Collegiate in the championship game.
Rogers, a two-time Player of the Year in the Delaney Athletic Conference from Reston, recorded 17 goals and six assists in the three tournament games, including nine in the title game. Her 78 goals were also more than the previous Foxcroft single season record. She added 45 assists, and her 123 points placed her third in the state, according to MaxPreps.
Steyn, of Leesburg, scored 42 goals on the season – an increase of 26 from her freshman year – and her 54 ground balls were second on the team behind Grace’s 69. She tallied six goals in the tournament, including two in the championship game.
MacDonald’s 31 goals on the season were the most of her four-year varsity career. The Bluemont resident, who plans to attend Middlebury College next fall, scored six goals in the tournament, including three in the title game.
Eagen, a Middleburg resident who never played lacrosse until her sophomore year, is very fast and used her speed to shadow opposing attackers. She knocked several balls loose during the three-game state tournament and had six ground balls. Her 30 ground balls during the season led all Foxcroft defenders. Eagen will attend the University of Virginia this fall.