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DLN All-Area: Dickey’s the straw that stirred Conestoga’s offense

By Kieran McCauley
kmccauley@dailylocal.com
@k_mac_14 on Twitter

TREDYFFRIN >> Conestoga’s head coach Amy Orcutt put it best when she described her leading goal scorer Sondra Dickey’s game. “She make’s playing lacrosse look easy.”

Everything the junior did on the field looked natural and she proved to be a vital piece to the Pioneers’ PIAA runner-up season in 2015.

“This was my favorite year ever,” Dickey said. “I’ve been playing lacrosse for seven years and everything about this season was incredible. My teammates were the main reason for that. We were so close on and off the field. It was truly incredible.”

With a combination of lighting-fast speed and a shot as accurate as a marksman, Dickey was the nucleus for an explosive Conestoga offense. She finished the year with 70 goals and a shooting percentage of 61.4 percent.

“None of this would be possible without my teammates,” Dickey said. “That means everyone. Our defense and goalies making stops, our offense making great passes, and our bench constantly keeping the energy up. We clicked so well. I wouldn’t have been able to have the season I had without everyone else on the team and the coaches.”

Dickey started to gain momentum and confidence during the team’s trip to Florida at the end of March. The Pioneers faced two of the Sunshine State’s top teams — Martin County and Vero Beach — and Conestoga came away with two much needed wins. The junior led the offense with five goals between both contests.

“The Vero Beach game was really big,” she said. “That’s when we realized we can do this. We had defeated two great teams and that was a turning point for us. It fired us up to go back home and have a great rest of the season.”

One of the key reasons she was able to be so successful was her selfless, “team first” mentality. A perfect example came when she was asked what her favorite memory of the season was. The Pioneers went undefeated in the Central League – – arguably the toughest league in the state – – and played in the state title game, but neither of those were it. Instead the highlight came during their PIAA quarterfinals win against archrival Great Valley (12-9).  Leading 9-5 with 21 seconds left in the first half, her teammate Monica Borzillo earned an eight-meter shot after a Great Valley violation. Borzillo was forced to be subbed out because she was bleeding. Her replacement was Chrissy Walton, a senior who saw limited playing time all year. She calmly entered the game and buried the shot to extend the Pioneers lead.

“That was my favorite memory this year. I think most of my teammates would agree too. Chrissy is just such a great teammate and person and it was so awesome to see her get that goal in such a big game. She worked so hard in practice and was such an awesome teammate and friend. She was always so supportive on the sidelines and cheered us on and kept our energy up. That was definitely the best part of this year.”

Dickey chalked up her successes to her teammates and coaching staff but she received a little extra assistance from Pioneers’ midfielder Liz Scott. Not only was Scott a leader for the squad, but she just so happens to be Dickey’s cousin.

“All my teammates and coaches were great but Liz really helped me out,” she said. “We’re cousins so she could push me a little harder. She was a huge leader for this team and she knew how to get the best out of me. If I was struggling she would help me snap out of it. When I did something well she was one of the first people to let me know it.”

This past year Dickey committed to play lacrosse at Lehigh University but with her senior season still remaining, she’ll be a leader for one of the best programs in the state.

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