QV lacrosse standout Foster leaves her mark
Even though lacrosse is a team sport, one way to be recognized on an individual basis is by being named an Academic All-American.
This is an honor that only a few have been blessed with in the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse program.
Kayla Foster, who scored 71 goals and recorded 96 assists in her senior season, was honored by being named an All-American. Foster is the first Quaker Valley girls lacrosse players to be so honored since Alexia Pereira in 2010.
“I'm super thankful, and I wouldn't have gotten it if it wasn't for my team. We worked hard to get where we were. I owe it to my my teammates and my coaches for getting me where I am today,” Foster said.
Foster, who will move on to play lacrosse at Liberty next season, led Quaker Valley to the semifinals of the PIAA Division I playoffs, where the Quakers fell to the eventual state champions, Garnet Valley, 13-10.
Since the season came to a close, Foster has been preparing for the college game and has been giving back to the community by participating in a summer lacrosse camp run by Nellie Kraus, the Quaker Valley girls coach.
“I actually got a chance to help them out and play with them. I think everybody when they have a chance should give back as much as possible to the community and to the sport,” Foster said.
Kraus was excited to have someone with Foster's skill level participating in her camp.
“I feel like having her play with the eight or nine freshmen at the camp helped them learn a lot from her. This camp was a big change for them, and I feel like it was a great for them to play along with her and her skills,” Kraus said. “I feel like you can learn a lot from watching and playing with someone at a higher level. It's great for the skill level.”
Foster, who played three years with the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club, has been developing her game and her fitness for the college game.
Foster has been thankful for the opportunities lacrosse at Quaker Valley and the Pittsburgh Premier Lacrosse Club has created for her, especially with the ability to play Division I lacrosse the next four seasons.
“Lacrosse is a growing sport, and it all starts with the younger kids. I was so happy to see all the kids there since they are the future of Quaker Valley lacrosse.”
Andrew John is freelance writer.