For St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed, the tears began during pregame warm-ups Saturday, and those emotions carried over into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament final against Collegiate.
In her final high school game, Reed showed her nerves by firing wide on her first two shot attempts, but the North Carolina-bound attacker eventually found her familiar form in the top-ranked Saints’ 19-6 victory in Richmond, posting five goals and three assists.
After finishing her senior season with 131 goals and 33 assists, she ends her decorated high school career with 475 goals, believed to be a four-year national high school record. The 2012 All-Met Player of the Year helped the Alexandria private school to four straight Independent School League AA and VISAA Division I tournament titles.
“Going into my high school career, I was not expecting any of this,” Reed said. “It’s all great and amazes me sometimes that I’m the person that did this. Looking back on it now, it was so much fun.”
After holding off a late rally from No. 2 Georgetown Visitation in Wednesday’s league final, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (29-1) closed the season in Richmond with a pair of convincing performances. The Saints didn’t allow a goal until the second half in an 18-3 win over Flint Hill on Friday, and they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Saturday’s final.
Senior Besser Dyson recorded eight assists in both games, adding five goals in Saturday’s win. The Virginia recruit ended the season with 52 goals and a school-record 149 assists, her 201 total points breaking the school record of 194 that Reed set in 2011.
Senior Margaret Tucker Fogarty, headed to James Madison, combined for seven goals in two games, setting a career high with 91 goals this season.
“They’ve been really focused the end of the season,” said Coach Kathy Jenkins, whose team has won the tournament seven straight seasons. “The seniors, especially, went down there and wanted to win. They didn’t want to be remembered as the class that lost [in the state tournament]. They played really, really well both games.”
Reed became the all-time leading goal scorer at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes as a sophomore, and she kept up that blistering pace over the past two seasons. She scored at least 85 goals in each high school season, exceeding the 100-goal mark each of the past three years.
“I don’t think anyone will break that record,” said Jenkins, who co-founded the team at St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes in 1976. “That’s a lot of goals.”
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHSA) record book lists Shari Masun of Clarkstown (N.Y) as the all-time leader with 443 goals, a mark that Reed passed in a May 7 victory over Flint Hill.
However, that list does not appear totally comprehensive. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) record book also includes West Babylon’s Shannon Smith (505) and Carthage’s Kate Ferris (470) at the top.
Smith, a former Tewaaraton Trophy winner at Northwestern, played six years of varsity lacrosse after joining her team in seventh grade and recorded 428 in her last four years of high school.
Ferris, now a junior at Massachusetts, reached 470 in four years, but Reed passed her total with her first goal on Saturday.
To get Reed’s career mark certified and into the NFHS record book, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes will have to submit it for approval through the Virginia High School League, according to an NFHS spokesperson.
“It’s a little weird to think it’s over, but it’s a really great way to end my career,” Reed said. “To me, [the 475 goals are] all about the hard work I put into it the past four years.”
St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes take boys’ title
In Ashland, junior John Aversa scored with 38 seconds left to lift the seventh-ranked St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes boys’ team to a 6-5 win over No. 2 Paul VI in Saturday’s VISAA Division I final. The Saints never trailed in the second half but needed Aversa’s late tally to take their second straight title and third in four years.
Junior Andrew Wiseman scored twice for St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes and Aversa added two assists to go along with his game-winning goal. The Panthers had two shots at the tying goal in the final 30 seconds but could not convert.
The Saints (17-6) will try for their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament title on Monday, traveling to No. 4 Landon at 4:30 p.m. The team has won five straight games since closing the regular season with a loss to Bullis.
“I think the boys were frustrated with how they were playing — a little bit up and down,” Coach Andy Taibl said. “They’ve found another level of confidence, and they believe in each other a little bit more, and it’s helped us put this run together.”
Though he was hospitalized after a bout with pneumonia earlier in the week, sophomore Ryan O’Connor, a North Carolina commit, paced Paul VI (20-4) with three goals. Seniors Connor Murphy (Rutgers) and Chris Camarca (Lynchburg) both had a goal and an assist.
The Foxcroft girls’ team fell to Covenant School, 13-11, in the VISAA Division 2 final on Saturday. In their first state final appearance, the Foxes held a two-goal lead midway through the second half before surrendering the game’s final four goals.