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Jessie Sawyer, a rising senior at Tabb, earned US Lacrosse All-American honors earlier this month after helping lead Tabb to a win in the Virginia High School Club Lacrosse state championships in May.
The honors stemmed from her performance in the state championship game in which she scored a team-high four goals and added a pair of assists, as well as won 18-of-26 faceoffs. Her stellar performance helped Tabb defeated Cox 19-6 in the championship game, which was held in Midlothian.
Sawyer, a Longwood College commit, was instrumental in the Tigers taking home the state championship. As a center, Sawyer was tasked with winning faceoffs and helping Tabb retain possession, a job she excelled at all season.
During the season, Sawyer won more than 65 percent of faceoff attempts. She also scored 33 goals and added 17 assists.
“She did well on the draw as usual and helped us get possession most of the time,” Portuese said of Sawyer, who also earned first-team All-Conference honors.
While Sawyer was the lone All-American selection, she was not the only Tabb player to earn post-season recognition. Three of her teammates – senior Kelly Gazarik, senior Meredith Young and Jackie DiFulvio – were named to the US Lacrosse All-Academic team.
DiFulvio, an attacker, and her sister Ronnie DiFulvio, a defender, both earned first-team All-Conference honors. Goalkeeper Casey McCabe also walked away with first-team All-Conference recognition.
Attacker Sydney Blacklock and defender Maggie Tulloss were each named to the Hampton Roads Lacrosse All-Conference second team.
For Portuese, the team’s success this season stemmed from a cohesiveness amongst her players, both young and old.
“I started five freshman together each game. The upperclassmen accepted them, everybody respected each other and everyone played up to their potential,” she said of her team. “It was an amazing season and I couldn’t be more proud of my girls.”