St. Agnes 17,
National Cathedral 2
Though Jenny Hauser blended in perfectly with her St. Stephen's/St. Agnes lacrosse teammates as they posed for a picture after winning their 10th consecutive Independent School League AA Division tournament title, the senior midfielder's play in a 17-2 victory over National Cathedral yesterday also provided a lasting image.
Hauser had four goals and a game-high five assists in the game at Holton-Arms, another stellar performance in a career in which she has rewritten the record book at one of the Washington area's most illustrious programs.
Hauser holds the career scoring record with 308 points, is third with 180 goals and second in assists with 128 -- just five behind the mark of 133 set by Kristen Zimmer from 1999 to 2002 -- entering the final game of her career against Moorestown (N.J.) on Saturday.
"If you wanted to make the perfect lacrosse player, you would make a mold of Jenny Hauser," St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Coach Kathy Jenkins said.
"And then you would add a few inches because Jenny's about 5-foot-4, but then again, she plays a lot bigger than that."
Hauser has played a major role in keeping the Saints (14-1) among the area's elite since making varsity as a freshman.
The Saints have gone 68-3 since Hauser joined the team, just two years after Jenkins taught her how to play the sport in seventh grade gym class.
"I didn't even know about the records I broke until someone told me, but it's not about that: It's about just being part of a team that wants to do great things," said Hauser, who leads the Saints in goals (56) and assists (47) this year.
"I've been very fortunate to have great teammates and a great coach."
Hauser, who will play for Boston University next season, controlled the game by finding open teammates and using her pinpoint shooting accuracy to take advantage of the smallest opening in the Eagles' defense.
"It's tough to stop her because she's so fast and she passes the ball so well," said National Cathedral Coach Jane DeGrenier, whose team ended the season 14-4.
"St. Stephen's/St. Agnes is a great team, and once they get going, they're hard to stop."
Saints sophomore midfielder Carter Foote had a game-high five goals on as many shots to continue a scoring tear in which she has scored 20 goals in the past four games on just 21 shots, and junior midfielder Jennifer Holden added three goals and three assists.
Senior attack Rachel Manson scored four goals.
"Jenny [Hauser] has taught me so much about shooting and team spirit, and she's been one of my biggest influences," Foote said.
"She brings so much energy and she makes everyone want to play as hard as she does and I know I'll miss her so much next year -- I think we all will."