The second-ranked St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes girls’ lacrosse team captured its sixth straight VISAA Division 1 title with a 15-4 win over Bishop Ireton on Saturday at Old Dominion University. Junior Carly Reed had five goals and senior Michele Phillips added four more as the Saints closed the season with their 17th straight victory.
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (26-3) dominated down the stretch, bouncing back from an overtime loss to Georgetown Visitation on April 18 with a perfect finish. The Saints, who hadn’t lost in league play since 1995, won 16 of those games by double digits, including Wednesday’s 18-6 victory over the Cubs in the Independent School League AA final.
Senior Michele Phillips and junior Carly Reed discuss their time at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes and what makes each of them special players
“We just were not quite together as a team” for the first meeting, said Coach Kathy Jenkins, who earned her 600th career win earlier this month. “Sometimes a loss helps pull everyone together. After that, I think they did a really good job preparing for the rest of the season.”
Jenkins, who missed Wednesday’s game to be at the birth of her first granddaughter, Winnie, rejoined the Saints for the trip to Norfolk. They went through a pair of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams for the title, beating O’Connell, 17-6, on Friday night before knocking off the Cardinals (15-8) the next afternoon.
“It was a great way to end it,” Jenkins said. “Everyone left with a good feeling about the season.”
The team should return plenty of firepower next season led by Reed, a North Carolina commit who had 107 goals this season to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. Junior Besser Dyson, who plans to play at Virginia, led the team in points this season with 91 goals and 55 assists.
SS/SA boys take VISAA title
Across the state, senior Grant Swaney had three goals and senior Brent Armstrong added a goal and three assists as the St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes boys beat Blue Ridge School, 7-4, in Charlottesville to take their second VISAA Division 1 title in three seasons.
The Saints (15-6) stumbled to the finish in the regular season with three losses in their last five regular season games and an upset 6-5 loss to rival Episcopal in the first round of the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament. But they closed the season with three wins in the VISAA tournament, celebrating a title after beating the fifth-seeded Barons in the final.
Armstrong, who had four goals and two assists in Friday’s 12-9 semifinal win over St. Christopher’s, earned tournament most valuable player honors. The North Carolina-bound senior will represent the United States at the Federation of International Lacrosse Under-19 World Championships this summer in Finland.