Dover’s Gast, Polytech’s McKay on girls’ lacrosse All-State first team

Two Kent County school records were broken this girls’ lacrosse season.

And both record-breakers found themselves on the All-State first team at the conclusion of the year.

Dover High’s Grace Gast and Polytech High’s Madi McKay both made the first team. Both broke their school record for most career goals in 2018.

The two seniors were the only two Kent County players on the first team. Five players from state champion Cape Henlopen joined them — seniors Mallory Jones, Lindsay Monigle and Annie Judge along with juniors Alia Marshall and Vienna Iacona.

St. Mark’s Kendra Schweizer was named the Player of the Year while Lori Schwiezer, also of St. Mark’s, was the Coach of the Year.

Gast, who made the first team as a midfielder, helped lead Dover to an 11-5 overall record and its first ever berth in the state tournament.

She set the school-scoring mark early in the season, breaking Tricia Grant’s record which had stood since 2008.

Gast scored 81 goals in her senior season. She tallied at least two goals in every game she played this year and recorded a hat-trick in 15 of 16 contests.

“She’s a smart player,” said Dover coach Molly Phillips during the season. “She knows the game really well. She has a really high lacrosse IQ. She just makes her teammates better.”

McKay, a first-team attacker, netted 71 goals this year and surpassed 250 career goals for the Polytech school record.

Her season-high in goals on the season was nine. She was part of a Polytech team who went 10-7 and reached the second round of the state tournament.

“She’s an all-around great player,” said Polytech coach Lynn Richardson earlier this year. “She’s such a leader out there.”

“I couldn’t have done it without everyone around me,” McKay said when she passed 200 career goals. “I can’t grow without everyone else. My teammates have helped me get to where I am now.”

Monigle and Jones both made it at attack for the state champion Vikings. Marshall was honored at midfield, Judge defense and Iacona was the first team’s goalie.

Cape Henlopen also put three players on the second team. Senior Katie Frederick for attack, senior Victoria Lockwood at midfield and senior Jody Boyer at defense.

The Vikings finished the year with their 10th consecutive state title and a 17-1 overall record.

Other local players on the second team were Polytech seniors Cecilia Carter (attack) and Madison Knight (defense) along with Caesar Rodney sophomore Lillian Ayers at midfield.


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