POWHATAN - For Anna Grace Causey, it was weird at first, warming up with girls she had never practiced with, but had competed against.
“I never thought I would call my most intense opponents my teammates,” said the 2019 Powhatan High School graduate, “but we all had the exact same reason to leave it all on the field.
“Each and every one of us played for the amazing coaches, friendships and unforgettable memories we’ve had over the course of our lacrosse years,” she said, “and we wanted our last game ever to honor them.”
For Causey, that last game of her high school career was the U.S. Lacrosse Richmond Chapter Senior Classic. She was among the Richmond-area standouts to be voted by the coaches into the senior showcase.
“It was such a high level of play with amazing girls from other schools that I have recognized and respected since my freshman year,” Causey said. “Girls from Hanover, Patrick Henry, Thomas Dale, Trinity, Deep Run and many more amazing and well-known lacrosse programs all came together for one last game, and I was so excited to be alongside some of the best high school lacrosse players in the state.”
Once she and her new teammates got their momentum, it was all they needed to carry them through the rest of the game. Her team, the White Team, was composed of about 15 players, meaning that she got to play almost the entire game. The all-region player competed in the majority of the first half, as well as in the entire second half.
“I was not expecting to get to play that much,” she said. “It was very nerve-wracking, but exciting.”
As for how she and the White Team did against their opponents, the Blue Team...
“Our team honestly could not have performed better,” she said. “We won the game 19-4 with amazing control of the ball and excellent teamwork considering our team was composed of people we had played against the entire season.”
Causey will be attending Randolph-Macon College in the fall with Tuition Remission and the Presidential Scholarship. She plans to double major in political science and international affairs, as well as minor in Environmental Science along with the school’s Pre-Law program.
When it came to competing in the Classic, the rising college freshman was “completely humbled and blessed to have been a part of such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“Coach Laura Camp is a huge reason I am still playing lacrosse,” Causey added of her head coach, “and if it wasn’t for her dedication and passion to the Powhatan Lacrosse Program, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Coach Camp, the Region 4A Coach of the Year, taught Causey that nothing can beat hard work and grit.
“After hearing her win ‘Coach of the Year’ on the announcements before the game, I knew that she was the one I wanted to play my last game for,” Causey said.
She also got to finish her playing career beside one of her longtime teammates and friends from Powhatan, Ashley Van Buskirk.
“It meant absolutely everything to me to close out my last lacrosse game playing alongside one of my best friends since kindergarten,” Causey said. “Ashley has always been my rock, my motivation and my greatest supporter on and off the field. It was so exciting seeing her score twice in the game and being able to scream ‘YEAH BUS!!’ on the field with her one last time.
“Next time I cheer her on, I’ll be in the stands!”