Hard workers, good listeners, smart players
The Summit Country Day’s girls’ lacrosse program had humble beginnings in 2005, but the Lady Knights advanced to the state finals in 2007 and have been growing ever since.
Soccer and basketball players helped bolster a 2008 team that reached the regional finals. In 2015 and 2016, the Lady Knights advanced to the Division II state semifinals after winning regional titles and Miami Valley Conference (MVC) championships.
The Summit’s varsity and junior varsity squads play their home games at Williams Field, and participation numbers have never been better. Fifty student-athletes competed on high school teams in 2017.
Hard workers, good listeners and smart players have fueled the program’s dogged approach. When it comes to scheduling, the philosophy is to create a rigorous lineup that includes some Division I opponents.
The Summit’s varsity team sustains success through four-year players, many of whom devote offseason time to club lacrosse. Multi-sport athletes continue to be quality additions. By the time lacrosse season starts in the spring, those players have developed efficient footwork skills by cross-training.
The Summit has a Middle School girls’ lacrosse program that competes from mid-April to mid-May, providing youth players with exposure to the sport before they reach the high school ranks.
Several student-athletes from The Summit have gone on to play college lacrosse. Among them: Sydney Beckmeyer ’16, James Madison University; Rebecca Stromberg’14, Belmont Abbey College; Lissie Russert ’11, College of the Holy Cross; Liz Edwards ’10, Davidson College; and Brianne Ward ’10, Presbyterian College.
The Lady Knights are led by head coach Jessica Burke. Coach Burke is originally from Michigan and was a competitive lacrosse player at Indiana University and Oakland University. She played competitively in two lacrosse national championship tournaments while in school. After graduating from college she worked in in Bloomfield, Mich. as the head coach of the JV team at Bloomfield High School for two years.
Jessica moved to the east coast and took over the girls’ lacrosse program at Falls Church High School, during this time she also became the assistant coach for one of the top lacrosse club programs in the nation (Capital Lacrosse for high school girls) She also worked as a strength and conditioning assistant at Georgetown University. She most recently worked as an varsity assistant coach at local high school for the 2017 season. Under Jessica’s leadership, she helped the program achieve an undefeated regular season 20-0 and a berth in the state semifinal game for the first time in school history