Regan Haegley's enthusiastic and charitable personality is so contagious, it has taken over the Cape Henry girls lacrosse team.
President of the school's Key Club, a community service organization, Haegley and her teammates are dedicating the rest of their season to charity. With every goal and save they make, a donation will be made by sponsors to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
"Her energy, her overall attitude is infectious," said second-year coach Brooke Hummel. "She is inspiring at all times. She pumps her teammates up. The value in that is unmeasurable."
A warning to any potential sponsor of the Dolphins' charity work: Haegley tends to score often.
A three-time All-Tidewater Conference performer, Haegley finished with 40 goals and 34 assists in leading Cape Henry to a TCIS championship last year. She has piled up 25 goals and 15 assists in just 10 games this season. Haegley also leads the team with 46 ground balls and is among the team leaders in takeaways (eight) and draws (17).
"She is no one-trick pony," Hummel said. "Her athleticism is difficult to match for most teams. She is incredibly fast, she has good stick work. Her experience sets her apart from most girls."
Haegley, 18, grew up in Westminster, Md., and started playing lacrosse at 5.
"Growing up there, as soon as you are coordinately standing up you are handed a lacrosse stick," Haegley said.
When she was 9, her family moved to Montgomery, Ala., where, she joked, "nobody had even heard of lacrosse."
A year later, the family relocated to South Hampton Roads. Haegley bounced between the Cox and Princess Anne club teams before joining Cape Henry's team as a freshman.
Hummel said Haegley is "wise well beyond her years" - and not only in lacrosse.
Haegley is a peer mentor for Cape Henry, team co-captain and a baby-sitter for Hummel's son.
"Families that have met her ask, 'Does she baby-sit? That's the kind of kid that I want around my kid,' " Hummel said. "She brings with her into everything she does a good head on her shoulders."
A self-described "math and science geek," Haegley maintains a 4.23 GPA and is deciding between Dartmouth and Washington and Lee University. She has also been accepted at Virginia, William and Mary and Johns Hopkins.
As her senior year winds down, Haegley gets emotional when thinking about moving on to college. But she's not the only one lamenting the end of her high school career.
"I wish she was not a senior," Hummel joked. "I wish there were more of her."
Reprinted with Permission / The Virginian-Pilot