Fox Chapel grad stars in goal for Rochester
By Marty Stewart
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
Madison Wagner, a 2010 Fox Chapel Area High School graduate, was a star performer for the Foxes in both field hockey and lacrosse.
She was co-captain of both squads, and she was the team MVP in field hockey along with being named first-team goalkeeper on the WPIAL all star squad in her senior year.
Her success at field hockey has continues at Rochester University.
Wagner was selected as the Division III Liberty League Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 9.
During that week, the team went 3-0 and Wagner recorded 16 saves.
On the year, the Yellowjackets are 7-0 and Wagner has allowed only seven goals.
She started in goal as a freshman and recorded 129 saves, which tied for second-best in the Liberty League. She also recorded two shutouts.
Her sophomore season was highlighted by back-to-back shutouts twice and she finished with 95 saves and a 1.65 goals against average.
She was not surprised by starting as a freshman.
“I definitely saw myself playing,” Wagner said. “When the coaches recruited me, they told me they expected me to be playing as a freshman. I knew playing time would not just get handed to me and I worked hard.”
Her transition from high school to college athletics had its share of tough moments.
“The toughest part was balancing the schoolwork and the sports,” Wagner said. “We're on the field for four hours a day so it was hard at first.
“The transition in sports was made easier by the fact that I played for club teams all during high school and played against a lot of very good players. The players at the college level all have a lot of skill. They're all good.”
Wagner has high hopes for her team this season.
“We have a lot of veterans on the team and there are a lot of juniors and sophomores who have played a lot together. We know each other and we get along well on and off the field,” Wagner said.
Wagner is majoring in biology with a concentration on evolution and ecology. She hopes to work in the medical field after graduation.
Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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