WCDS ath­letes of the month

Rappahannock News - - SCHOOLS & SPORTS -

WCDS’ ath­letes of the month for April are Gage Lan­dis and Anna Schus­ter; Con­nor Poe and Emily Hennessy are the May hon­orees.

Lan­dis, a var­sity lacrosse player from Front Royal, was the Owls’ leading scorer in March and April (notch­ing four goals) and stepped up his game when the team lost their orig­i­nal leading scorer to an in­jury. “Gage has re­ally im­proved his game and is one of the best clear­ers on the team,” said coach Steve Dowell. “He did a good job han­dling his added re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when Sam Nolan went out with an in­jury.”

Hay­mar­ket’s Schus­ter helped the mid­dle school girls’ soc­cer team earn two wins in April over Front Royal Chris­tian (7-2) and Fresta Val­ley Chris­tian (6-0), and served as the Owls’ sweeper. “Anna knows when to at­tack, when to mon­i­tor the play and her po­si­tion on the field is al­ways where it should be,” said coach Nikki Brady. “Her ef­forts have ben­e­fited the team over­all.”

Poe, from Mar­shall, Va., led the mid­dle school lacrosse team in scor­ing in May with 11 goals and three as­sists. Poe took over face­off re­spon­si­bil­i­ties af­ter the in­jury to Con­nor Glen­non and helped the Owls to vic­tory over Shenan­doah Val­ley South Sabers, Shenan­doah Val­ley North Vipers, High­land School and Culpeper LAX — leading to an un­de­feated sea­son record of 6-0. “Con­nor stepped up big time in Glen­non’s ab­sence,” said coach Michael O’Heir. “He was di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for a high per­cent­age of our goals in the month.”

Var­sity soc­cer’s Hennessy, from Lu­ray, re­turned from an an­kle in­jury to give her team some much need depth, en­er­giz­ing the of­fense with her abil­ity to put pres­sure on the keeper. She scored twice in May, in­clud­ing against the even­tual cham­pion Fred­er­icks­burg Academy Fal­cons. She and Alyssa Soldo were the only Lady Owls to score mul­ti­ple goals on the sea­son. “Emily is a fast, smart and fierce com­peti­tor. She has out­stand­ing soc­cer ball han­dling and pass­ing skills,” said coach Gus­tavo Tis­era. “Al­ways in po­si­tion, she possesses a high de­gree of un­der­stand­ing of space and po­si­tion. Her com­pet­i­tive spirit and lead­er­ship abil­ity has ben­e­fited the team.”

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