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Athlete Spotlight: Rachel Doxey, Greenbrier

Posted: May 31, 2017 - 12:08am
Rachel Doxey, a recent Greenbrier graduate, was a role model for the younger players on the team, her coach said.
Rachel Doxey, a recent Greenbrier graduate, was a role model for the younger players on the team, her coach said.

Rachel Doxey is soon headed to Wofford, where she will continue her young, promising lacrosse career.

She recently finished up her Greenbrier career in fine form, despite being a relative newcomer to the sport. She helped lead the Lady Wolfpack to back-to-back appearances in the state tournament. In addition, Doxey became the first Greenbrier girls lacrosse player to sign an NCAA Division I offer.

Doxey ran track in middle school, competing in the 800 and 1,600 events. She moved with her family to Columbia County from Annapolis, Md., during her eighth-grade year. Though lacrosse is big in Maryland, she didn't pick up the sport until her friend, Jordan Bourbo, convinced her to try out with her as a freshman. Doxey became a starter and eventually helped guide Greenbrier to a 12-4 record and a first-ever appearance in the state playoffs in 2016.

"I just stuck with the sport and it's been really nice," she said. "All of my best friends have played lacrosse. That just makes me love the sport even more."

In her junior campaign, Doxey recorded 26 goals and 11 assists. This past season, Doxey scored 23 goals and recorded eight assists. She also won 65 ground balls in helping lead the Lady Wolfpack back to the playoffs. Doxey is the school's all-time draw control leader - she had 47 her senior season.

Greenbrier coach Alison Simon said Doxey, who plays midfield and defense, was a role model for the younger players on the team.

"She was an amazing, outstanding leader on the team," she said. "You could tell that she loves the sport. She always went the extra mile, whether it was hot or whether it was raining or if she had a bad day. As soon as she stepped on the field, it was just lacrosse. You could see her love for the sport. All the other players looked up to her."

Doxey will now join a Wofford program that will play its first game in spring 2018. Doxey said she couldn't resist joining a new program as an incoming freshman.

"I'm very fortunate and really excited to go to college and kind of see where it takes me and learn some more there," she said. "I'm really excited to meet some new people and learn from them as well."

Doxey, a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and several other groups, recently graduated from Greenbrier. Soon, she will head to her new home in Spartanburg, S.C., where she said she plans to major in biology.

As for Greenbrier, Doxey said she's leaving a growing lacrosse program. Two years ago, the Lady Wolfpack began a junior varsity program that has helped the varsity program develop.

"Now you don't have to have those younger players on the varsity level," she said. "Hopefully, we'll continue to see great things."

 

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