Courtesy of Foxcroft School
Photo Courtesy of Foxcroft School
MIDDLEBURG, VIRGINIA — Meredith “Dish” Harris ’10, daughter of Jimmy and Marcy Harris of Middleburg and former stand-out lacrosse player for Foxcroft School and the University of Denver, was recently inducted as the 13th member of the Foxcroft Sports Hall of Fame.
From an early age, Dish seemed to pick up any new sport she tried with ease. She started riding at the age of six and shortly after started playing lacrosse. She showed competitively in hunter and jumper events and first gained notoriety for her standout skills playing club lacrosse in Upper Corner. While attending Foxcroft, she played lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball. She was selected as field hockey Player of the Year in the Delaney Athletic Conference (DAC) and helped lead her team to DAC and Columbus Cup Field Hockey Championships and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Selected as a co-winner of Foxcroft’s Most Valuable Player award during her senior year, she was also named first-team All-Loudoun by The Washington Post and All-DAC by the Delaney Conference coaches. She broke several single-season and career scoring records while playing at Foxcroft.
Known for her bright-colored socks and accessories every time she stepped on the field, Dish made a statement with her confidence. She represented the ultimate Foxcroft leader — confident, courageous, and ready to showcase her skills. She was a special athlete, so talented at such a young age, and with the unselfishness to be a servant leader on the field. With her skills, she could have easily been the top scorer on the team but instead empowered others to shine and be their best.
Former Foxcroft Athletic Director, Dish’s advisor and coach Katie Kantz, who sits on the Sports Hall of Fame selection committee, shared during her remarks, “Dish demonstrated such intensity but also sportsmanship as a leader and captain. At a time when sportsmanship can get out of hand, we need practices like the Fox/Hound tradition and leaders like Dish to model the essence of ‘true friends ‘til the end’ even in the ultimate heat of healthy competition.” That is why Division I coaches — Denver in particular — recruited her so heavily. She was the player a coach would want to help build their program as she did at Foxcroft and Denver. Her energy and love for all sports, including riding, were contagious.
Dish co-captained her team at the University of Denver, helping elevate their program to a top 10 ranking as they went to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament multiple times. She also was named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)’s Academic Honor Roll list and, upon graduation, was ranked second on the team in points.
Foxcroft Hall of Fame
Founded in 2014 as part of our Centennial Celebration, the Foxcroft Sports Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding athletes who graduated from Foxcroft at least ten years ago, were a varsity competitor, and distinguished themselves by their outstanding athletic achievements, including the athlete’s college career or other achievements beyond the grounds of Foxcroft. Above all, Hall of Fame candidates must serve as examples of outstanding character, courage, and leadership, which Foxcroft seeks to develop in its athletic program.