A three-sport athlete at EHS, Ms. Vance excelled in cross country, basketball, and lacrosse. She was co-captain of the basketball team and received All-ISL honors as a senior, leading her team to the ISL regular season and playoff championship. Her team earned a No. 4 ranking in the state with a 20-5 record, which earned the team a new school record for wins.
Ms. Vance was also co-captain of the lacrosse team during her senior year. She was named All-American, All-ISL, and All-Met (second team) during both her junior and senior years. Ms. Vance won the Coaches Award for Lacrosse during her junior year, and as a senior won the Tyler Award for Girls Lacrosse and the James H. Fannon, Jr. Family Award for Athletic Worth. She was inducted into the Cum Laude Society her junior year.
After graduating from EHS, Ms. Vance went to Princeton, where she was a four-year starter for the lacrosse team. She earned NCAA All-Tournament Team and Third Team All-America her sophomore year, Second Team All-America her junior year, and First Team All-America her senior year. Ms. Vance was captain and Ivy League Co-Player of the Year during her senior year, All-Ivy League during both her junior and senior years, and a starter in National Championships in 2003 and 2004. She was nominated for the Tewaaraton Trophy for Outstanding Player in Women’s College Lacrosse her sophomore and senior years. And she received the C. Otto von Kienbusch Award for outstanding female scholar-athlete and the Emily Goodfellow Award for lacrosse her senior year.
Coach Courtney Banghart, Ms. Vance’s basketball coach at EHS, says, “Lauren is a very gifted athlete. She has both speed and size, but her competitive spirit and relentless motor is what separated her from her peers. While basketball wasn’t Lauren’s best sport, she was an integral part of the growth of the program, in how she defended, how she led the team with courage, and how she approached her work as a teammate. Lauren is a winner. She always has been and always will be, and this quality alone elevated the Episcopal athletic program as a whole.”