MEDINA — A torn ACL may have robbed Sarah Vanadia of her last two and a half games in high school, but the Medina senior more than made up for it with a phenomenal season.
After leading the Bees to a 12-7 record and another Division I regional final, she was named to the U.S. Lacrosse Girls High School All-America first-team.
“It means you’re one of the best in the nation,” Vanadia said. “The hard work I put in paid off and I got the honor of being named one of the best. I’m very honored, but I don’t want to stop. I want to keep going.”
Why should she?
The Virginia Tech recruit was named to the U.S. Lacrosse’s first team three years in a row.
This season, she led Medina in scoring with a career-high 90 goals and added six assists.
To put her growth as a player into context, she scored 27 more goals this season as an attacker than she did as a junior.
Vanadia exits her career with 237 goals and 42 assists in 76 games.
That’s an average of 3.11 goals per game as she finished her career with a 59.3 shooting percentage.
It made her an easy selection this season, and no, the honor never gets old.
“It never does,” the three-time All-American said. “That was my goal every year. I didn’t want to be someone that won it and never repeated it. That means I’m not improving.”
After rehabbing her knee, that improvement will take her to Blacksburg, Va., in the fall.
Coming from a school like Medina, which counts itself in state semifinals and final appearances, it gives her a strong resume to show coach John Sung, who took over the Virginia Tech program two weeks ago.
It also adds an exclamation point as a Hokies freshman as she heads to a team that went 5-13 this season.
“It does give me street cred,” Vanadia said. “It’s an award that I’m extremely honored to receive.
“I’m honored to be someone who is decorated in Medina’s program. With all the girls before me that have earned it, it’s an honor to be compared to them.”
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