Kayla Foster, Quaker Valley
This week: Foster had four goals and four assists Monday as the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team routed Moon, 16-1.
Check this out: Foster, a 5-foot-6 junior who plays midfield, is one of the top players in the WPIAL. She has 46 goals and 45 assists this season and has helped Quaker Valley to a 15-0 record. Foster has been a starter since her freshman year. She also has started on the Quaker Valley girls basketball team since her sophomore year.
•Your lacrosse team was OK a year ago (8-8-1), but it’s undefeated this year. What happened? I think one of the main reasons is the majority of our team plays travel and club lacrosse. We’ve all been putting in work in the offseason and that’s big. We didn’t stop playing when the season ended.
•What came first for you, basketball or lacrosse? I didn’t start playing lacrosse until sixth grade. I played basketball since I was really little.
•Do you prefer one? I like lacrosse a lot.
•Why? That’s a good question. I guess I’d say maybe because the more I play, the more passionate I become about it.
• There is no hitting (checking/stick-checking) allowed in girls lacrosse. Ever wish they would allow hitting? It would be nice if we could be a little more aggressive, but I wouldn’t want it to become where we have to wear helmets. That would change the game too much.
•Name something you absolutely cannot do? I cannot do a cartwheel. I know, out of all the things, right?
•Anything you can really cook well? I’m really good at pancakes [laugh] and breakfast.
•It’s 10 at night and you want a snack. What are you going for? I really like fruit.
•People might be surprised to know … I like sneakers.
Dan Marous, Shady Side Academy
Last week: Marous helped keep the Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team atop Division I Section 2 by leading the Indians to a 13-2 win April 30 at Seneca Valley.
Check this out: Marous plays four sports, but it’s in lacrosse where he stands out the most. Marous, a senior attackman, has 44 goals and 20 assists. He has helped the Indians build a 10-4 record. Marous was named all-section a year ago when he led the Indians to the WPIAL semifinals. This school year, Marous was named all-section in soccer (defender), all-conference in football (kicker) and was a starting guard on the basketball team. He is a team captain in all four sports. Marous said he will attend Notre Dame and hopes to try out for the lacrosse team.
•Most goals you have ever scored in a game? Six.
•Have you ever played goalie before? No.
•What would go through your mind if you were asked to? (Laughs) I’d be excited to do it. I’d definitely be a little scared with 100-mph shots going past you. But I’d get used to it.
•To win the WPIAL championship, your team must … Win the ground balls.
•Do you have a nickname? Yeah, they call me Danny Red or just Red. It’s because I have red hair.
•Thing you will miss most about high school? I think that feeling of being part of a tight-knit community. I’ve never been to a public school before. I feel like it’s a big family here at Shady Side.
•If you were given a $100 gift card to any store or restaurant, where would you want it to be from? I would say any food place that has Italian food. I love food. That’s the way to my heart.
•Most people might be surprised to know that … I love ’80s music, like Billy Joel.