Girls’ lacrosse: St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes finishes on top again


Goalie Gussie Johns (right) and St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes were in a class of their own this spring. (Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST)
June 11, 2013

The returning All-Met Player of the Year, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes attacker Carly Reed put together a senior lacrosse season that Coach Kathy Jenkins called her best yet en route to repeat honors.

With the size and speed to get to the net at will, Reed finished with 475 career goals, believed to be a four-year national record, but there were also plenty of times this spring when the North Carolina recruit didn’t feel like the area’s top player.

“I’d get so frustrated with [junior goalie Gussie Johns] during practice,” said Reed, who posted 131 goals and 33 assists in 30 games this year. “She won’t give up anything easy. I didn’t always like it, but I appreciated it. You always want to go against the best.”

Reed naturally garnered her share of the spotlight for St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes this season, but with a star-studded supporting cast, she also had plenty of help.

On paper, the Saints had the area’s most talented roster, and they made good on that potential, finishing atop the The Post’s rankings for the second straight season and fifth time in seven years. Reed credited a more competitive mindset in offseason workouts for helping the Alexandria private school maintain its lofty standard this spring.

Zoe Stukenburg and Alex McKay of Marriotts Ridge discuss making the All-Met team and going to the University of Maryland next year. (Video by Nick Plum for for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes swept the Independent School League AA regular season and tournament titles and also celebrated a Virginia independent school championship on the way to 29 victories. The team’s lone loss came at St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) on April 27, when they fell 9-8 with Reed sidelined by two yellow cards for the entire second half.

Senior attacker Besser Dyson earned All-Met honors for the first time after breaking Reed’s school record for points in a season with 201. She was joined on the first team by senior Wyatt Whitley, a lock-down defender who will play at Virginia.

Senior Margaret Tucker Fogarty, a James Madison-bound midfielder, had been plagued by foot problems in recent years, but she managed to stay healthy and score 91 goals while leading the team in draw controls. Rated among the nation’s top goalie prospects in her class, Johns allowed fewer than six goals per game and stopped 52 percent of the shots she faced. Both players made the All-Met second team.

“To me, it’s a puzzle that you put together of all the parts,” Jenkins said. “When you have a strong attack, strong midfield and a strong defense with a goalie like Gussie back there, it helps push everybody to get better. That’s what makes it really fun as a coach.”

Andre joins Cadets

St. John’s hired former Georgetown Visitation Coach Aubrey Andre as its girls’ lacrosse coach on Monday. Andre replaces Anne Keenaghan, who is expecting her second child and stepped down after the season.

In two seasons at Visitation, Andre compiled a 41-4 record, helping the Cubs earn the No. 2 spot in The Post’s final rankings each year. The team won the Independent School League AA regular season banner in 2012 after upsetting rival St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes. Three of the four losses in Andre’s tenure came to the Saints.

“It’s sad to go,” Andre said. “It really was a tough decision to make, but for me personally and professionally, it really was an offer I couldn’t refuse. It all happened really fast.”

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes attack, Carly Reed has committed to play lacrosse at UNC next year. Midfielder, Besser Dyson, and defender, Wyatt Whitley, will both play at UVA next year. (Abigail Fazio for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

Andre, who attended high school in Massachusetts and played soccer and lacrosse at Division III Ursinus College, previously served four seasons as the junior varsity coach at the Alexandria private school. She will join St. John’s as a full-time employee, coordinating the Northwest school’s new iPad program and assisting with its website, according to Athletic Director Tom Veith.

“She has an unbelievable resume,” Veith said.

Andre takes over a squad that has made strides in recent seasons to get to the middle of the pack in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Cadets went winless in conference play in 2011 but have posted a total of 16 victories combined over the past two seasons. This year, junior Nicolette Crisalli finished among the area’s scoring leaders with 96 goals in 18 games for a team that went 7-10-1.

“I think St. John’s College High is doing a great job moving forward in a lot of different areas,” Andre said. “They’re progressive. They have great leadership. There’s a lot in their future that’s positive, and I think that will help me sell the school and the program.”

The Post Top 10

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes went wire-to-wire at No. 1 behind repeat All-Met Player of the Year Carly Reed, who finished with 475 career goals. . . . Marriotts Ridge closed the season with a convincing victory over Century in the Maryland 3A/2A final behind three goals and six assists from All-Met Zoe Stukenberg. . . . Broadneck bounced back from an 0-2 start to win its first state title since 2003. . . . Madison averaged nearly 19 goals per game en route to its second Virginia state crown in three years.

1. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (29-1) LW: 1

2. Georgetown Visitation (21-2) LW: 2

3. Marriotts Ridge (18-1) LW: 4

4. Good Counsel (17-3-1) LW: 3

5. Broadneck (18-3) LW: 9

6. South River (15-3) LW: 5

7. Madison (20-1) LW: NR

8. Mount Hebron (14-3) LW: 6

9. Severn (9-7-1) LW: 7

10. Spalding (12-8) LW: NR

Bubble: Bishop Ireton (17-6), Sherwood (16-1), Langley (17-6)

Dropped out: Westfield, Severna Park

Standings: Girls | Boys

Statistical leaders: Girls | Boys

Madison claims second Virginia state title in three years | Photos | Video

Broadneck cruises past Sherwood for Maryland 4A/3A title | Photos

Marriotts Ridge downs Century to take Maryland 3A/2A title | Photos

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes wins another ISL-AA title | Video

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