Quaker Valley grad Kayla Foster finishes college lacrosse with Liberty records
Quaker Valley graduate and Liberty senior women’s lacrosse player Kayla Foster made more history.
Foster, an attack, broke the Lady Flames’ points record early in the year with her 188th career point and became one of only two players in school history to earn all-conference honors in four straight seasons.
She added to her school record for assists.
“Even though we were unable to bring home the conference championship this year, I found peace and confidence in knowing that my class and those before have helped (pave) the way for this program that will hopefully be successful for years to come,” said Foster, 22, who grew up in Sewickley.
The Lady Flames (14-5, 5-1) lost to Jacksonville by two points in the Atlantic Sun Tournament final.
The 5-foot-6 Foster, a team captain, finished the season with 30 goals and a team-high 29 assists. Her 59 points were second on the team.
She ended her career with 111 goals and 129 assists (240 points).
She led the Lady Flames to their most wins since the program started in 2010 and was named second-team all-conference and to the all-conference academic team.
Foster was a three-time Big South second-team all-conference selection before the Flames moved to the Atlantic Sun.
“What I am most grateful for was the journey that has taken Liberty women’s lacrosse from 5-13 my first season to a team that has won 27 games in the last two seasons,” Foster said. “That is the greatest testament to the teams that I have been a part of and the university in general.”
Foster said the coaching staff at Liberty, a Christian school in Central Virginia, gave her an incredible opportunity, and she did her best to make the most of it.
Liberty coach Kelly Nangle said Foster, a 300-point scorer at Quaker Valley who led the Quakers to the 2015 WPIAL Division I title, has been a game-changer since the minute she stepped on campus and will be missed.
“I knew when we were recruiting her that she had the potential to really be special,” Nangle said. “A lot of young athletes have potential, but the real tests come once they get to campus and are pushed beyond anything they have experienced before.
“Kayla not only responded, she thrived. She went all in on her training and commitment to the program.”
Nangle said Foster led by example and helped players below her become successful.
Foster, who studied exercise science and plans to attend graduate school for physical therapy, has coached at college camps this summer.
“I don’t think I will ever consider myself retired because of how much lacrosse has been a part of my life that I truly believe it will always be a part of me,” Foster said. “I will always be thankful for this chapter of my life and everyone who has been along for the ride, especially my family.”
Karen Kadilak is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.