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Head Coach Slay
Name:Mary Cate Slay
Title:Head Coach
Team:Highland School
Email:Not available without sign-in.
College(s):B.A. Randolph Macon Women's College

Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia)

International lacrosse development, particuarly in England

Captain, Lacrosse, Randolph Macon Women's College

Most Valuable Player, Lacrosse, Randolph Macon Women's College

Best Offensive Player - Lacrosse, Randolph Macon Women's 

Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), All-Conference Field Hockey, Randolph Macon Women's College

Captain, Varsity Field Hockey, Randolph Macon Women's College

Most Valuable Player - Field Hockey, Randolph Macon Women's College

Best Offensive Player - Field Hockey, Randolph Macon Women's College

Best Midfield - Field Hockey, Randolph Macon Women's College

Most Outstanding Senior Athlete, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 

Varsity Letter at Episcopal High School (Alexandria, Virginia) in both Lacrosse, Field Hockey.



Head Coach, Varsity Girls Lacrosse team and Upper School Lacrosse Program
, Highland School;

Athletic Director, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grades, Highland School;

Head Coach, Highland School Middle School and Lower School Lacrosse and Field Hockey Interscholastic Varsity teams from 4th through 8th grades;

Former Assistant Athletic Director, Physical Education teacher, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade, Highland School;

Former Head Coach (and prior to that Assistant Coach), Lacrosse at Moreton Hall (school) in

Shropshire, England - 7 teams (ages 9-18).  Among the 7 teams, many were championship and tournament champion teams.

Organized Spring Break trip for Varsity Lacrosse team from Moreton Hall (23 girls) to tour part of the Eastern United States, playing lacrosse at various independent and public schools, Spring 2001.

Coached and organized lacrosse camps and clinics from 1997-present in summer and off-seasons;


Coach Cheatle
Name:Nicole Cheatle
Title:Assistant Coach
Team:Highland School
Email:Not available without sign-in.
College(s):B.S. Biology, Hamilton College
Specialties:Goalies and Defense
Awards:4-year collgiate Varsity goalie at perennial power Hamilton College;

Hamilton College was ranked in the top twenty of colleges each year in which Coach Cheatle played;

2-year NCAA tournament participant in college;

4-year college conference torunament  participant;

Coach Cheatle has earned a boatload of lacrosse and athletic awards but she's too shy to note them (come on, give it up!).
Coach Cheatle graduated from St. Anne's Belfield School ("STAB").

She earned a B.S. in Biology from Hamilton College.

Coach Cheatle currently works for Trigon Development in Culpeper where she gets to play int he mud. The love of her life, Zeek (a Cheasapeake Bay Retriever) can be seen with her at about any point during the day (even practices? :)  shhhh...).

A multi-sport enthusiast, Coach Cheatle has played just about every sport known east of the Mississippi (except lawn bowling) including larosse, field hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis, horseback riding (jumpers, hunters, & eventing), skiing (racing), sailing, raquet ball & squash (whew!).
Coach Church
Name:Mary North Church
Title:Assistant Coach
Team:Highland School
Email:Not available without sign-in.
College(s):B.A. Sweet Briar College

M.B.A.  University of Denver

High School: Madeira School

Through Middle School: Highland School
Specialties:Defense and Goalie
Graduated M.S. from Highland School (8th Grade);

Graduated High School from The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia

B.A. Sweet Briar College

M.B.A. University of Denver

Married to Highland alumnus Rex Cooper ('79);

Has one child, son Samuel North Cooper (8/3/2004);

Works in the Office of Development, Highland School, covering Alumni Affairs;

Assistant Field Hockey Coach;

Coach Church worked for ten years at JP Morgan Chase in New York City in the International Private Banking Division covering high net worth non-U.S. persons. She traveled extensively thriughout Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Guyana on business travel.
Coach Faxon
Name:Todd Faxon
Title:Assistant Coach
Team:Highland School
Email:Not available without sign-in.

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, B.A. Psychology

Dallas Theological Seminary (graduate study in theology)

University of Dallas (Catholic)

Specialties:Team Defense

The Draw


Technology Assistance for Athletics

Kiawah Island Marathon (26.2 miles) --3rd place in age group 1993

Marine Corps Marathon 1992

U.S. Army R.O.T.C. 3 year Advanced Designee Scholarship

Varsity Track (Indoor, Outdoor), Fairfax High School

Varsity Cross Country, Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA


Coach Faxon grew up and again lives in Fairfax, Virginia . He played baseball and basketball until high school when he started running long distance and lettered in Varsity Cross Country and Track.

In addition to sports, he played trumpet throughout high school and college, and was also involved in student government. 

After studying Electrical Engineering for 2 years, he changed career paths and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from The Citadel. In lieu of serving as an officer in the military, Todd answer God's call to minister to young people.

 Since 1994 he has worked in the professional youth ministry, including internships at Immanuel Bible, Springfield, VA and youth minister positions at St. Monica Parish, Dallas, TX and St. Francisco de Assisi Parish, Flagstaff, AZ. He has also substitute taught and worked in a high school for at-risk students. He is currently Director of Youth Ministry at St. Lawrence Parish in Springfield, VA.

 He is currently devoting time to graduate studies in Ancient Greek and Hebrew, and desires to earn a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Coach Faxon has held Emergency Medical Technician certification for 7 years.

Coach Faxon began coaching lacrosse in 1997, blending his talent for working with youth and interest and involvement with physical fitness.  He committed to coaching a freshmen girls team (BRYC) with a friend and before the season quickly learned the women's game by practicing with a girls stick, much wall ball, attended local coaching clinics and watched many college games. Coach Faxon then coached the women's club team at  Northern Arizona University.

This is Coach Faxon's second year with Higland Lacrosse.

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