St. Anne’s-Belfield celebrated the college commitments for student athletes in the school’s Class of 2017 Wednesday and at least Juwan Woodson, who’s headed to Hampton University to play lacrosse for the school’s fledgling men’s lacrosse program, is ready to get the future started now.
“It’s going to be a great experience, I can’t wait to get down there,” Woodson said. “I can’t wait.”
Woodson joins several other STAB seniors who are headed to Division I programs. Gillian Borton, an All-LIS girls soccer player, is headed to Loyola while Scrimmage Play girls basketball player of the year Bri Tinsley will join UVa’s program. Her teammate Jayla Davis, an all-state guard, is headed to Sacred Heart and Prep League player of the year in boys lacrosse Joe Robertson is bound for Duke. Robertson’s fellow attackman Jack Schultz, an All-Prep pick, is headed to Penn.
At the Division III level, Isaiah Kilby-Sharp heads to Hampden-Sydney for football, McKenzie Maurer will go to Dickinson College for girls lacrosse, Isabel Scholz is set to play field hockey at Mary Washington, Reeves Dunn is headed to play lacrosse at Christopher Newport and Hope van der Linde will run at Lynchburg College.
For Kilby-Sharp, Hampden Sydney was all about how welcoming the Tigers in the football program were.
“The players were ready to welcome me into their homes, their locker room into their camp,” Kilby-Sharp said. “I love that they were just welcoming me with open arms.”
Dunn, a natural attackman, had to work hard in the summer to earn a chance to play at Christopher Newport. At STAB, plays behind three top-flight recruits in Schultz, Robertson and Connor Shellenberger, so chances to play his natural spot during the school year didn’t come often.
“Tournaments turned into really important occasions where I wanted to perform to the best of my abilities,” Dunn said. “Because I don’t have the option to showcase my natural position at the high school level, so fortunately I was invited to try out for MadLax (a club team based in the Washington, D.C. area)…I was able to make a lot of connections through that.”