Hannah Smith, of Purcellville, played a prominent role on Highland School’s varsity lacrosse team in 2012.
Smith earned Delaney Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was an All-State selection after helping Highland win the conference title and advance to the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association state final.
Overall, three Loudoun players were key to the Warrenton school’s success. Joining Smith were sophomore Jessie Crew and eighth grader Hayden Garrett. Crew also earned All-State honors and Garrett received honorable mention status on the All-DAC team.
Smith, who will attend Brown University in the fall, was awarded Highland’s Founders Scholarship. Smith and Crew both play club lacrosse for Capitol Lacrosse in Alexandria.
Title for Zook
Loudoun Valley High School graduate Derek Zook was a sophomore defender on Loyola University’s 2012 Division I national champion men’s lacrosse team.
Zook saw limited action as a defender for the Greyhounds. He earned an Academic Excellence Award at Valley and helped lead the Vikings to the Virginia High School League state final as a senior in 2010.
Millers play in final four
A pair of Middleburg Academy graduates were members of teams that advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse final four. Matt Miller’s Notre Dame squad lost in the semifinals, while his older brother David Miller’s Maryland team fell in the championship game.
Matt Miller, a 2009 graduate, earned honorable mention on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American team. Miller started each game in 2012 and was a key member of Notre Dame’s defense. He also earned second team All-Big East honors.
David Miller, a 2008 alum, saw in action in all 18 games for the Terps in 2012. The Miller brothers are from Warrenton.
Dominion High School Class of 2012 graduate Troy Farmer was recently named an All-American Defender for the Loudoun County Chapter of US Lacrosse.
Farmer was a four-year varsity starter for the Titans, who qualified for the VHSL State tournament in 2012. Farmer led Dominion in takeaways and ground balls each of his final three seasons.
The first team All-Region selection will attend Stevenson University in Maryland this fall.
Hornyak, Pyle to play in Brine Classic
Keira Hornyak and Max Pyle have been selected to play in the 2012 Brine National Lacrosse Classic, June 30 through July 3 in Boyds, Md. Hornyak recently completed her junior season at Woodgrove High School and Pyle has completed his eighth grade year at Blue Ridge Middle School.
Hornyak, a midfielder who helped the Wolverines win 2012 Dulles District and Region II championships, was one of 400 top high school underclassmen in the nation selected to play. The Brine Classic will feature 16 regional teams competing to win the national championship and to qualify for international competition.
Pyle was one of 160 top middle school players selected for the competition. Eight regional teams will vie to become national champion. Pyle plays for Nova West lacrosse and will attend Middleburg Academy in the fall.
For more details about the tournament, visit nationallacrosseclassic.com .
Hafner earns academic honor
Class of 2012 Middleburg Academy graduate Tav Hafner has been selected as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American for the 2012 season. Hafner gained the honor based on his lacrosse skills, sportsmanship and academic achievement.
Hafner, an Edinburg resident, will attend Haverford College in Pennsylvania this fall.
“While Middleburg Academy has produced three US Lacrosse High School All-Americans in the past, including Devin Pinkston, David Miller and Will Fields, Tav Hafner is the first Academic All-American for the program,” Middleburg coach Rob Horne stated.
“Our entire school, as well as our extended lacrosse community throughout the region, join me in congratulating Tav on his incredible achievement.”
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