WCDS athletes of the month
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.”