The future looks bright for the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team, judging by the performance of some incoming freshmen who competed in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.
The Terps had a team-high seven recruits on the North and South teams. The North beat the South, 13-11, during a wide-open, offensive game.
McDonogh's Brindi Griffin led the way for the South with three goals and two assists. She said the future Terps are already bonding before heading to College Park, Md., in the fall.
"There were seven [recruits] on the team, so getting to come here and play together before we go to Maryland was such a great experience," said Griffin, a four-year captain who had 62 goals and 38 assists for the Eagles this season. "We are actually already pretty close, but playing together was just so great."
Other Maryland recruits in the game were:
- Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) finished with a goal and two assists. She completed her final high school season with 109 goals, 56 assists and 67 ground balls. She was named
The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year. Colson could be a force for the Terps during her freshman year.
- Natalie Miller (St. Mary's) was effective defensively in the Under Armour game and picked up a ground ball with two forced turnovers. Even though she is a defender, Miller has also shown prowess on the offensive side of the field. She scored 26 goals and had 10 assists for St. Mary's last season.
- Hannah Warther (Century) scored a goal during the second half to pull the South to within 9-7. The midfielder was a dominant force for the Knights, scoring 71 goals with 11 assists and 42 ground balls.
- Victoria L'Insalata (WW-P High School North, N.J.) is another stout defender who can also score. She finished with 16 goals, two assists and 34 ground balls last season.
- Kali Hartshorn (Allentown High School, N.J.) scored twice in the All-America Lacrosse Classic. She could also be an immediate contributor at Maryland, after finishing her final high school season with 71 goals and 45 assists.
- Nikki Sliwak, (Wantagh High School, N.Y.) scored a goal and had an assist. She tallied 54 goals with 13 assists and 24 ground balls last season and was an Academic All-American.
Maryland fell to North Carolina in the NCAA Division I championship game in May. The Terps appear to have fully reloaded for another title run.
Loyola's Cole Williams Named MVP Of All-America Lacrosse Classic
Cole Williams, a recent graduate of Loyola Blakefield, was named the Most Valuable Player of the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.
The Johns Hopkins-bound attackman had four goals and an assist to lead the South to a 23-16 victory against the North at Towson University. Williams said the South team, which included five other players from Maryland, was in sync for most of the game.
"It was pretty good to have some good chemistry with them," Williams said. "We just knew where each other would be."
Williams scored 46 goals with 30 assists last season for the Dons, who went 9-7 and advanced to the MIAA A conference semifinals.
Boys' Latin's Logan Wisnauskas also had two goals and an assist for the South in the All-America Lacrosse Classic. He will attend Syracuse.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Gonzaga Midfielder Nick McEvoy
During the 2016 season, Gonzaga faceoff specialist/midfielder Nick McEvoy scored 37 goals with 21 assists and had 201 ground balls to lead the Eagles to a 19-2 mark and their seventh straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. McEvoy scored a goal, led all players with 13 ground balls and won 23 of 29 faceoffs in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. He will attend Penn State.
How big of an honor was it to be selected to this year's Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic?
Nick McEvoy: It was an incredible honor to be named an Under Armour All-American. I was so excited when I received the call from
Inside Lacrosse informing me of my selection. Back in January, Coach [Casey] O'Neill asked us to list both our team and individual goals for the season. Being named an Under Armour All-American was my top individual goal.
What was the key for Gonzaga to win a seventh straight WCAC title? Was there added pressure to keep that streak going?
NM: I think the key for Gonzaga's seventh straight WCAC title was just being a team. We had a lot of great players this year, and instead of being selfish and trying to just get "your stats," we played like a team. We shared the ball and supported each other throughout the entire season. There was no outside pressure put on us to keep the streak going, but I know the senior class felt some pressure put on them by ourselves. We did not want to be the class that lost the title.
What went into your decision to attend Penn State? Were you able to watch the Nittany Lions during the Big 10 tournament at Johns Hopkins this year?
NM: I chose Penn State because of its excellent reputation in both academics and athletics. Coach [Jeff] Tambroni and the staff made me feel like a member of the Penn State lacrosse family the moment I stepped on campus. I was not able to catch the Nittany Lions at the Big 10 tournament this year due to conflicts with my lacrosse schedule. I did watch them a lot this year on the Big Ten Network and was able to see them in-person back in October when they played at Landon in the Capital Lacrosse Classic.
For more from McEvoy, including what it was like being on the same team as players he had formerly competed against in high school and more, read the full interview here