Ashburn, Va. — Briar Woods High School senior Paige Alexander has made a commitment to continue her lacrosse career at Shepherd University beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year.
“My dad played football at Shepard so we went to a lot of games together when I was little,” the 5-foot-7Alexander said. “I have grown up always wanting to be a Ram.”
Jenny Cavey will enter her third season as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Shepherd in 2018. In 2017, Cavey led the Division II Rams to a 6-12 overall mark with a 3-2 record in conference play, before falling to Wheeling Jesuit in the Mountain East Conference tournament championship. Alexander hopes to be a big asset and make an immediate impact on the women’s lacrosse program at Shepherd.
“I think I will add versatility to the team because I can play every position except goalie,” the midfielder said. “I love the high intensity and fast pace of lacrosse.”
Alexander picked up her first lacrosse stick in fourth grade and has been playing ever since. She says – without a doubt – it is her father who continues to motivate her on and off the field.
“My dad is the one who got me started. Not only is lacrosse entertaining to watch, but it is fun to play, too,” Alexander said. “Just going to play with friends can be so much fun! My dad has driven me around early in the morning for showcases or practices and is my go-to person to pass and shoot with.”
Alexander loves being able to travel the east coast with her club team and compete with some of the best teams in her age group. She says it is here that Coach Brittany Stevenson has become such a positive influence in her life.
“Coach Stevenson is committed to getting to know each of the players and creating a close relationship that would translate onto the field, “ Alexander said.
A four-year varsity midfielder for Briar Woods, Alexander has already been and continues to be an impact player for the Lady Falcons lacrosse team. Last season, Briar Woods finished 1-3 in Conference 14 and 6-8 overall, before falling to Potomac Falls High School in a conference semifinal.
“Being a starter on the varsity team since my freshman year has been one of my greatest accomplishments,” Alexander said. “My goal this year is to make it further in high school playoffs than we did last year.”