A.C. Flora’s Sarah Long, Grace Truluck Receive Top Lacrosse Awards; Krissy Ard Named 2022 Coach of the Year
Two A.C. Flora High School lacrosse players and the team’s coach earned top honors from USA Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport.
Sarah Long received the Jackie Pitts Award, which recognizes high school seniors who go above and beyond in service, who truly honor the game of lacrosse, are invested in the development of the game in their town and are exemplary teammates. Sarah holds the position of attackman. Grace Truluck earned the All-Academic Award, which acknowledges the player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field and represents high standards of academic achievement in the classroom. Grace is a junior and holds the position of midfielder.
A.C. Flora’s Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Krissy Ard was named the USA Lacrosse 2022 Coach of the Year for South Carolina by the organization for embodying the characteristics of an ideal coach, supporting the USA Lacrosse mission and vision, dedicating herself to the players and providing the best possible lacrosse experience for the students.
“I am beyond honored to have been named the Coach of the Year for South Carolina. This would not have been possible without my players, their parents and my amazing coaching staff,” said Ard. “This is truly an extension of our program and the dedication and passion our players bring to the field every single day. I am fortunate to coach an amazing group of young women.”
Ard said Sarah is a dedicated player who displays excellent leadership skills on and off the field. The International Baccalaureate (IB) student is ranked among the top in her class, academically, plays varsity tennis, volunteers in various capacities, in addition to serving as a leader on the lacrosse team.
“She is the true definition of a team leader who is dedicated to the growth of the program,” said Ard. During her senior season, Sarah achieved her 100th career goal and ended with 46 goals, 6 assists, 25 ground balls and 6 caused turnovers. For the last two seasons, Sarah has held the title of top scorer for our team. She is a true asset.”
Ard said Grace is the definition of poise on the lacrosse field.
“Her ability to maintain composure and motivate her teammates during the highs and the lows of a game is remarkable,” said Ard. “As a junior captain, she has excelled at demonstrating her leadership qualities both during a game, during practice and even off the field. She works together with her fellow teammates to create plays, transition the ball successfully down the field, create a strong defensive unit and control possession off the draw.”
Grace ended the season with 34 goals, 7 assists, 26 ground balls and 7 caused turnovers. Grace is also an IB student and is ranked near the top of the junior class.