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Young Fox Chapel girls lacrosse team to return 10 starters next season

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:51 p.m.

Fox Chapel's girls lacrosse season came to an end last week after the Foxes lost to Mt. Lebanon, 16-4, in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Division I playoffs.

Megan McCrady, Kate Goodwin, Margo Savin and Kirsten Ovick scored for the Foxes. The team ended up with an 8-7 overall record and 6-6 mark in section play.

“It was a great year for Fox Chapel girls lacrosse,” FC coach Jen McCrady said. “Our goal was to get back to the WPIAL playoffs, which we did. We lost to the top seed in the tournament, and our young team learned a lot from that game. They learned about what it will take to compete for a WPIAL title in 2016.”

The Foxes will be losing three seniors to graduation — starting defender and captain Meghan Lucas, attacker Kristina Barcic and midfielder Megan Martin. They will be returning 10 of their 12 starters for 2016, including their top three scorers. Sophomore Meg McCrady led the team in scoring with 57 goals, and also scored her 100th career goal midway through the season.

Junior Nikki Stumpf netted 40 goals this season and sophomore Mikayla D'Cunha was third with 29 goals.

“Meg and Nikki have earned all-section honors,” McCrady said. “Also, Meg and Mikayla will be representing Western Pa. this coming weekend at the US Lacrosse Women's National Tournament at Lehigh University.”

Next season, the Foxes also will be returning starting attackers D'Cunha, Margot Savin and Alyssa Kozer; starting midfielders McCrady, Stumpf, Kate Goodwin and Sarah Kintner; and starting defenders Julia Lynch, Emily Robosson and Grace Knepshield. Both goalies also return.

“Our season's success had much to do with the stellar play of rookie junior goalies Nicole Susi and Maddie Wateska,” Jen McCrady said.

“With some playoff experience now under their belts, I expect this 2016 team to be better prepared fundamentally and physically, and without a doubt, ready to make a run for a section title next year.”

Marty Stewart is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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