At this time last spring, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes senior Margaret Tucker Fogarty was sidelined with a stress fracture in her right foot. Laid up by the same injury for the second straight season, the midfielder could only watch as the Saints claimed ISL-AA and VISAA Divsion 1 titles.
Thanks to a new approach, Fogarty has avoided that disappointing fate in her final season at the Alexandria private school. The James Madison recruit has taken better care of her body to make sure she stays on the field for this playoff run.
“Last year, I feel like I was never really resting,” Fogarty said. “I’ve been resting more and icing more, and that’s really been effective.”
In last Friday’s 16-9 win over third-ranked Good Counsel, she scored a game-high five goals, stepping up when the defense focused on limiting Reed. After the Falcons trimmed the lead to four goals late in the second half, Fogarty blistered a long-range shot into the top right corner of the net to stem the tide.
“We’re so excited with how she’s playing,” Coach Kathy Jenkins said. “She understands movement, so she’s really good at the off-ball cuts. And placing the shots, she’s done a great job.”
An honorable mention All-Met field hockey player, Fogarty said her doctor told her the recurring foot injury came from overuse. Since aggravating the injury last April, she hasn’t necessarily scaled back her busy playing schedule, but she’s been smarter about taking the proper time to recover.
Fogarty and the Saints are gearing up for what’s expected to be a rigorous postseason run, beginning Saturday when they host Potomac School. With the league and state playoffs running concurrently, the team would have to play six games in seven days to win both titles.
“I’ve been waiting for this,” Fogarty said. “It’s been really fun to have the full year to go strong.”