Though she only started playing lacrosse in recent years, Rachel Doxey will continue her love affair with the sport another four years at the next level.
The recent Greenbrier graduate is headed to Wofford, which is just starting women’s lacrosse. The newness of the program at the Spartanburg, S.C., school is something that intrigued Doxey.
“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 just wrapped up her prep career, helping 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. She is The Augusta Chronicle All-Area Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Doxey competed in other sports before joining lacrosse. In middle school, she ran track, 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 guided 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.”