Senior Field Hockey Captain, Alexandra “Zan” Land, recently closed the chapter as arguably one of Cape Henry Collegiate’s finest athletes, male or female, in any and all sports. A two-time State Champion, two-time TCIS Champion, D II State Player of the Year in 2017 & 2018, a 3-year Captain, an All-Tidewater Selection, and CHC’s all-time leading Field Hockey Scorer. All of this is nothing short of remarkable, and there’s just not enough incredible adjectives to explain just how special her career has been in a Dolphin Uniform, #2. She is respected among her teammates, opponents, Coaches across the State, and the nation in the Field Hockey Club Circuit. Her presence on the field is humble, unassuming, but driven and competitive. As she surpassed the scoring of CHC Legends, Erin Scherrer ‘15 (Duke), and Madison Land ‘15 (Louisville), ironically, Alexandra’s older sister; it was even more apparent of the complete admiration and respect of those who played before her. She does not boast about these accomplishments, but respects the program she has whole-heartedly bought into from the onset.
Zan remarks on her first Dolphin All-Star Camp at the tender age of six, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Madison, under former standout Coach Kristen Wheeler. She is so very appreciative of the amazing Coaches she’s played for during her tenure at CHC. Multiple seasons under Coach Wheeler, and her Senior Season, capped off with Coach Kate “Tiki” Kinnear taking over the helm. Again, coming full circle, as she admired Tiki’s Olympic career at a very young age. Zan has a clear memory of Tiki showing up at Summer Dolphin All-Star Camp, and the irony of her playing for her to cap off her High School playing days seemed like the perfect ending to a storybook career. Coach Kim Dooren, and the entire CHC Field Hockey Coaches have played a big role in her success, and she cannot thank them enough.
The next chapter for Alexandra will be Division I NCAA Field Hockey, as she recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play at James Madison University. After much deliberation and consideration from programs like the University of Iowa, Richmond University, and Liberty University, to name a few. Ultimately, she was drawn to a great Coach, in Christy Morgan. The “community feel” of JMU and the town of Harrisonburg, much like Cape Henry Collegiate, was also familiar and appealing. She joins 6 new freshmen entering the Dukes Program, and is excited about creating new bonds with her teammates in a top tier National Program. Zan speaks of the team relationships past, present, and future, rather than accolades. This trait will take her far in life, as it is one of her most endearing qualities.
What will she miss about CHC? Too many things and people to list, she remarks. Field Hockey, absolutely, her Team & the CHC Coaching Staff. Zan also notes, faculty members such as Leigh Anne Clay, Robert Woodhouse, and Greg Angilly. Mrs. Clay, her Journalism Teacher, has been so flexible, understanding, and personable in and out of the classroom setting, Zan notes. Mr. Woodhouse, her 3rd Grade Math Teacher, has always made an effort to connect, and genuinely consistently cares about the students @CHC. “Mr. A”, Greg Angilly, has been her “School Dad” during her Upper School years. Zan says she will dearly miss seeing him every day at School and he is a piece of CHC, she will find hard to leave behind.
Zan’s words of advice for her younger teammates, take your Freshman year of academics seriously. If she could do anything differently, she would probably have buckled down more in the her early Upper School years. She now has found her academic prowess and hopes to study in the field of Health Sciences @JMU, with a focus on Geriatric Therapy & Rehabilitation. She, and her Grandmother, Donna Hudson, have enjoyed volunteering for some time in the Cognitive Senior Program of the Memory Center, along with her Grandmother’s dogs.
As Zan enters the final semester of her CHC years, we wish her the very best @JMU. We thank her parents, Keri & Sean, for raising two amazing young women. A Dolphin Field Hockey Team without a “Land” on the roster will be irreplaceable voids to fill, no doubt. Zan will tell you her Signing Day, was a Family Signing Day. The many years of travel and time from her parents does not go unnoticed. The CHC Community thanks her for her “Zan style” of leadership, lead by example and team first. And, the memory, of her putting her Team on her back, down 3-1 to our cross-town rivals, Norfolk Academy, with 6 minutes to play, assisting one and scoring 2 of 3 CHC Game winning goals in the final minutes to capture a 4-3 TCIS Championship, stamps an exclamation point on one of CHC’s all-time best. Well done Zan!