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Foxcroft School prevails in overtime thriller for DAC field hockey crown

Foxcroft School has claimed the Delaney Athletic Conference field hockey tournament championship for a second straight year.—Photo Courtesy/Foxcroft School
Junior Seabrook Brown's goal with 1:38 remaining in overtime lifted Foxcroft School to a 2-1 victory against Fredericksburg Academy in the Delaney Athletic Conference field hockey championship game Friday afternoon in Middleburg.

Foxcroft, also DAC regular-season champions, will next play in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state field hockey tournament.

-Here is a full recap, courtesy of Foxcroft School:

With darkness settling in and two exhausted teams still battling for every ball Friday, Varsity field hockey edged Fredericksburg Academy, 2-1, in overtime on a goal by junior Seabrook Brown with 1:38 remaining to win the Delaney Athletic Conference championship for the second year In a row.

But Seabrook’s game-winner, off a perfect pass from sophomore Clara Wollweber, an exchange student from Germany, would not have occurred if not for a magnificent stick save by defender Grace MacDonald (junior; Bluemont). minutes earlier.

Grace rushed in front of the Foxcroft goal to stop what would have been a game-winning goal after Foxcroft goaltender Alex Greenbergerm (junior, Purcellville) had been knocked to the ground by an FA player on a breakaway.

“There should have been a foul called on Fredericksburg Academy,” Foxcroft coach Michelle Woodruff said. “You can’t knock the goalie down. But, never mind that. Grace’s play was magnificent and saved us.”

“I was standing near the goal waiting to see what was happening and when I saw Alex go down I reacted,” Grace said.

The play seemed to lift Foxcroft, which was beginning to show fatigue after the fast-paced regulation. Minutes later Clara got the ball at midfield and, with strong stick-handling, moved it up the right side and cut toward the middle. She spotted Seabrook on the left side of the net and hit her with a perfect pass which the junior forward converted to send the crowd into hysteria.

“We won this purely on heart,” Coach Woodruff said. “We were exhausted but we wanted it. Before the game Seabrook passed out little pieces of paper to each player that said ‘Winning means you’re willing to work harder, go longer and give more than anyone else. FOCUS. JUST DO IT.”

Junior Haley Buffenbarger of Leesburg., who was named co-Player of the Year just before the game, gave Foxcroft a 1-0 lead off a corner pass from freshman Betsy A. with a 30-foot laser shot with 2:46 left in the first half. It was her 30th goal of the season, making her only the second player in Foxcroft field hockey history to register a 30-goal campaign.

Haley’s goal was all the scoring until FA tied it after a scramble in front of the net with 4:42 remaining in the game.

That set up a 10-minute, 6-on-6 overtime session and Foxcroft sent out juniors Haley, Seabrook,and Grace; sophomores Clara, and Allie M., andsenior Pia S. Allie, who was sick for a few days leading up to the game and had to rest periodically during regulation, could hardly move near the end but knocked away several passes.

Foxcroft also got a terrific game from Alex in goal. She had seven saves, most of them spectacular. If any one of them had gotten past her Foxcroft would have lost.

Foxcroft, the regular season champion, also beat FA for the title last year and will now play in the VISAA state tournament, beginning Tuesday.






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