Milani exploits on the lacrosse field earned her High School All-American honors.

She was the only Baltimore County player selected to the team which included 12 players from the Greater Baltimore area.

Milani led the Comets in goals (93), draw controls (121), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (24) and was second in points (106) and assists (17).

"Deb always played well," lacrosse coach Becky Clipp said. "She never had an off game."


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Although Milani rarely used her left hand, she could have.

"She can go left, but she didn't need to because nobody could stop her right hand," said Clipp, noting she never used her left hand while playing at Catonsville High.

Clipp went on to become a two-time All-American defender at the University of Maryland who also played four years on the United States national team.

Milani, who is left-handed, said she will work on that more playing with Heroes over the summer.

"If I'm beating them right-handed, I don't see why I need to go left," she said.

Two of Milani's highlight games came against two of the tougher opponents the Comet faced all season.

In an 18-13 triumph over Mount de Sales she won 18 draws, including 14 of 16 during a stretch late in the first half and early in the second half.

She also shared high-scoring honors with Schwaab (6 goals each).

Two weeks later, she scored nine goals in a 16-7 victory over Dulaney.

"The light went off for Deb that game," Clipp said. "She finally realized, 'I am good and I need to be a leader on the field in more than just scoring.' "

Milani scored four goals and had two assists when the Comets beat Dulaney 18-12 in the Baltimore County championship game and Schwaab had six goals and two assists.

But when the Comets faced Dulaney for a third time in the regional semifinals, Milani could not play because of two yellow cards in the previous game.

"When Deb couldn't play, Rachel really stepped up," Clipp said.

Schwaab, who led the Comets in assists (38) and was second in goals (76) was the quarterback of the patient Comet offense from behind the goal.

"Rachel gets people the ball," Clipp said. "She is really the team leader of the offense. When Rachel was playing well, the whole team was playing well."

Schwaab's patented crease role from behind the goal was unstoppable.