MIDDLEBURG, Va.—Foxcroft School’s leading scorer, UVA-bound Alex Grace was out with a knee injury so lacrosse coach Patrick Finn needed someone to step up and help fill the void against a talented John Paul the Great team last Wednesday in Dumfries, VA.
Lucy Matz, a senior from Coatesville, known for her riding prowess as much as her field sport talent, answered the call with the best game of her career, scoring three goals and two assists to earn Foxcroft School Athlete of the Week honors for the period ending April 23.
The speedy attack, who will attend Vanderbilt University next fall, had two assists and a goal in the first half against JPG, then scored twice early in the second half as Foxcroft battled back to within two points from an 8-4 halftime deficit before falling, 13-11. The loss dropped the two-time Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Division II champions to 7-1 on the season. Matz has 10 goals and five assists in seven games this spring.
The daughter of former Olympian and current thoroughbred racing trainer and Michael and D.D. Matz (a Foxcroft alumna), Lucy spent much of the winter competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Florida through Foxcroft’s Exceptional Proficiency program. Last week, in addition to her stellar lacrosse performance, Lucy learned that she has qualified a second horse for the prestigious Devon Horse Show in May.
Despite a rigorous riding schedule, Matz has found time during her three years at Foxcroft to help both the lacrosse and field hockey teams to winning seasons. She was a key member of the lacrosse team that won the past two state titles and last fall she helped the field hockey team to a 14-3-1 record and a runner-up finish in the state tournament.