Lauren Hudson doesn’t exercise leadership like a typical captain on defense. The 2014 Maryvale graduate isn’t vocal or outspoken, but her actions are.
“Lauren is very quiet,” Maryvale coach Jessica Randisi said. “She lets her play do the talking.”
It’s not the decibels, but the talent that earned the 5-foot-9 Hudson a spot on the South All-Star team that plays in the Under Armour All-America Girls Classic at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Hudson, who will play at the University of Cincinnati on a lacrosse scholarship next season, is one of many talented players participating in the showcase event.
She will be joined on the team by some of the state’s top offensive players, including McDonogh graduate and University of Maryland recruit Megan Whittle, on what many high school coaches consider a “Dream Team.”
Randisi leaves no doubt Hudson deserves to be among such elite company, despite playing for a team that went winless in the highly competitive Interscholastic Athletic of Maryland A Conference this spring after reaching the championship in 2013..
“She falls under the radar,” Randisi said. “She wasn’t as highly recruited as everybody else. But she is the best defender I have had in a long time. I think she is one of the best players around. She is physically strong and sees the field exceptionally well. I would put her up against any player. She held Whittle to two goals. She held (Roland Park County School rising senior Franchesca) Whitehurst to one goal.”
Hudson, a four-year starter at Maryvale who chose the Bearcats over Jacksonville State and Connecticut, won’t lack confidence in the classic. She played on the 2013 Baltimore Underclassmen team that edged heavily favored Long Island for the title.
Hudson said being chosen this summer was tougher than earning a spot on the Underclassmen team, considering that the South All-Stars were selected from a much broader area — Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.
“Making the team meant a lot to me,” Hudson said. “It’s an accomplishment. I was kind of shocked because of the bad season we had. Last year, I made the underclassmen team. I didn’t even think of making the senior team.”
Hudson, 18, is looking forward to playing at night in the featured girls game.
“Last year was exciting because we won the whole thing, but it felt like a summer tournament for a club team,” Hudson said. “This year, it’s one game. I am really excited because I haven’t had an opportunity to showcase myself after the season we had (at Maryvale).”
Randisi is confident Hudson’s leadership skills will aid the South All-Stars.
“She walks into the huddle quietly,” the coach said. “But she will tell them exactly what they need to know. When she talks, she means it. It’s a no-nonsense type of thing.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun