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PressBox High School Lacrosse Newsletter Vol. 58

June 29, 2016
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Nation's Top Players Ready To Compete In Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic
Some of the nation's best lacrosse players once donned a uniform in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.

The 11th annual event is a showcase for the game's top athletes, who have traditionally gone on to have stellar careers at the collegiate and professional levels. This year's NCAA Division I national semifinals had 35 players who competed during the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, which is powered by Corrigan Sports Enterprises.

"Twelve years ago, [company president] Lee Corrigan wanted to create lacrosse's version of the McDonald's All-American basketball games, and he succeeded big time," said Scott "Booker" Corrigan, vice president of media for Corrigan Sports. 

"The label of 'he/she made the Under Armour All-America game' is something that will stay with that player throughout their playing days and beyond. The underclass tourney is the proving grounds, and being invited to play in the senior game is the yardstick by which all lacrosse players are measured. It has become the pinnacle of high school lacrosse."

This year's Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic takes place June 30-July 3 at Towson University and will once again feature a strong contingent of graduates and underclassmen from private and public schools around Maryland.

In the boys' senior All-American game, six players from Maryland are on the South roster, consisting of:

- Nick McEvoy, Gonzaga: The face-off specialist/midfielder scored 37 goals with 21 assists and had a stunning 201 ground balls, leading the Eagles to a 19-2 mark and the conference WCAC title. He will attend Penn State.

- Arman Medghalchi, McDonogh: One of the nation's top defenders, Medghalchi collected 44 ground balls for the 18-1 Eagles, who won the MIAA A conference championship. He will attend Princeton. 

- Jackson Morrill, McDonogh: The Baltimore Sun Player of the Year scored 43 goals with 35 assists. The attackman also won the C Markland Kelly Maryland Private North Award. Morrill will attend Yale.

- Nicky Petkevich, Bullis: The attackman/midfielder finished with 62 goals and 24 assists for the Bulldogs, who went 21-2 and won the IAC title. Petkevich will attend Colgate.

- Cole Williams, Loyola Blakefield: The talented attackman scored 46 goals with 30 assists for the Dons, who went 9-7 and advanced to the MIAA A conference semifinals. Williams will attend Johns Hopkins.

- Logan Wisnauskas, Boys' Latin: Entering the season as one of the high school game's top attackman, Wisnauskas did not disappoint, recording 55 goals, 35 assists and 50 ground balls for the 14-4 Lakers, who advanced to the MIAA A conference finals. Wisnauskas was named the Baltimore Messenger Lacrosse Player of the Year. He will attend Syracuse.

Johns Hopkins University tied Harvard for the most recruits (five) who will play in the game. National title runner-up, the University of Maryland, had one player on the roster, midfielder Russell Masci from Don Bosco Prep (N.J). Loyola also has one player -- Ryan McNulty of Bishop Shanahan (Pa.).

The girls from Maryland have an even more impressive showing, with 13 players on the South roster for the senior All-American game. McDonogh leads all teams with three players.

Among the local colleges, Maryland has a team-high seven recruits on the roster, followed by Loyola, (three), Johns Hopkins (two), Towson (one) and Navy (one).

The girls' side consists of:

- Savannah Buchanan, McDonogh: She tallied 43 goals, 24 assists and 49 ground balls for the unbeaten and IAAM A conference champion Eagles. Buchanan will attend Notre Dame.

- Gabbe Cadoux, McDonogh: The stout goalie was a key to the Eagles' lockdown defense. Cadoux also played tennis, swimming, field hockey and squash. She will play lacrosse at Duke.

- Sami Chenoweth, Manchester Valley: The defender had 40 ground balls and was a solid marker for the Mavericks, who went 19-1 and won the Class 2A/1A title game. Chenoweth will attend Towson.

- Lizzie Colson, Manchester Valley: The dominant midfielder finished with 109 goals, 56 assists and 67 ground balls for the Mavericks. Colson capped her career by scoring eight goals in the state title game. She will attend Maryland.

- Brindi Griffin, McDonogh: The four-year captain had 62 goals and 38 assists for the Eagles. Griffin was also a three-time All-American and will attend Maryland.

- Caitlyn Gunn, Our Lady of Good Counsel: The attacker scored 51 goals and dished out 59 assists with 38 ground balls for the Falcons, who went 19-2. Gunn will attend Loyola.

- Brianna Harris, Broadneck: The talented midfielder finished with 65 goals, 38 assists and 45 ground balls for the 12-4 Bruins. She was an All-Metro selection by both The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun. Harris will attend Florida.

- Anna Hauser, Roland Park: The midfielder created matchup problems all over the field and scored 53 goals for the 15-4 Reds. Hauser was named the Baltimore Messenger Lacrosse Player of the Year. She will attend Virginia.

- Eva Klaus, Severna Park: The midfielder had 41 goals, 19 assists and 25 ground balls for the Falcons, who went 14-2. She was a three-time All-Anne Arundel selection. Klaus will attend Johns Hopkins.

- Natalie Miller, St. Mary's: The solid defender was also a force on offense, scoring 26 goals with 10 assists and 26 ground balls. Miller will attend Maryland.

- Lila Nazarian, Catonsville: The defender was a two-time First Team All-Baltimore County selection and was solid locking down opponents. Nazarian also lettered in soccer and basketball. She will play lacrosse at Syracuse.

- Lexi Souder, Marriotts Ridge: The midfielder had 21 goals, seven assists and 20 ground balls for the Mustangs, who finished 14-2. Souder will attend Johns Hopkins.

- Hannah Warther, Century: The midfielder was a dominant force for the Knights, scoring 71 goals with 11 assists and 42 ground balls. Warther also lettered in soccer and indoor track. She will play lacrosse at Maryland.

The underclassmen games also feature numerous players from Maryland. However, the main attraction is showcasing players from all parts of the country, which underscores the growing popularity of lacrosse.

"Establishing the rosters now for this event is actually not as hard as one would think, because Inside Lacrosse does such a great job selecting the best players in the country," Corrigan said. 

"Another huge aspect of that is long gone are the days of 'This is a kid from Northern California, who scored a bunch of goals against Arizona high schools, but we will have to hide him on the field because he can't keep up with the Long Island/Upstate/Baltimore players.' Now, the kids from Northern California, Ohio and Georgia are every bit as good, if not better, than their East Coast counterparts."  

PNC  Lacrosse Spotlight: Under Armour All-America Coach Sarah Aschenbach 

Sarah Aschenbach, who is the executive director of The Tewaaraton Foundation, will coach the girls' South Team for the Senior Under Armour All-America Game with Kathy Jenkins and Krystin Porcella. 

Aschenbach is a board member of the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse and has been coaching high school and youth lacrosse in the D.C. area for 20 years. 

PressBox: How much practice time do you get with the players this week?

Sarah Aschenbach: We will have two practices on Friday.

PB: What is your strategy as far as practice?

SA: To get to know the girls and their specific skills; put in a few offensive sets and figure out some subbing for different lines; look at some defensive matchups.

PB: What are your goals for the game?

SA: Of course we want to win but also have some fun, learn something new and meet new friends. Under Armour runs a first-class event to recognize the best of the best. These 40 or so young men and women are the top players in the world. They are about to embark on their college careers, and this weekend, they will take that step in becoming role models for youth lacrosse players everywhere.

For more from Aschenbach, including how the players bond off the field and more, read the full interview here.

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