Both the Baltimore boys and girls Under Armour All-America Underclass All-Star teams collected tournament championships Sunday at Towson University, with many Howard County natives playing important roles along the way.
Thanks to one-goal victories over the South in the semifinal, and Philadelphia in the final, the boys club improved its overall record to 12-0 in the tournament since 2012.
“It was a great overall lacrosse experience, from a coaching standpoint, and a playing standpoint for the players,” said boys coach Jimmy Creighton, who also heads the program at Howard High School. “All the guys on the team were high-quality lacrosse players with a high IQ.”
Though Baltimore bested Philadelphia, 12-11, it was the amount of talent showcased from all over the country that especially impressed the 2014 Maryland Public School Coach of the Year.
“The game is really spreading, and a lot of other areas are getting their athletes to play lacrosse,” he added.
Creighton’s roster featured Howard County players Brad Zulick (Howard), Marshall McGlone (Howard), Casey DuBois (Mt. Hebron) and Kevin Wilson (Centennial).
Zulick, who had a number of scoring highlights throughout the season on Creighton’s 4A/3A state runner-up Lions team, also found the back of the net in the Under Armour tournament.
“Brad was great in between the lines,” the coach said. “He had some really nice goals in transition. He’s that grind-it-out-type middie. He just did a great job getting up the field for us.”
DuBois, who guided the Vikings to a 7-4 regular season county record this past spring as a sophomore, split time in the cage with St. Paul’s A.J. Barretto, who was named All-Tournament MVP.
“He played solid all weekend,” Creighton said of Dubois. “He made some great saves. One that really stuck out was a one-on-one breakaway against West. He stuffed the kid. That could have really turned the game since we were down already.”
Wilson, an all-county selection for the Eagles in 2014, joined McGlone on Charm City’s defense throughout the weekend as well.
Marriottsville native Cole Williams (Loyola Blakefield) had two assists in the championship game for the boys squad.
For the second consecutive tournament, the Baltimore girls took down Long Island in the championship match. Mt. Hebron’s Jen Giles scored three times in the contest, including the game-winner with 68 seconds remaining in overtime.
Meghan Doherty (Mt. Hebron, defense), Amanda Donovan (Mount DeSales, midfield), Jordan Stevens (Mt. Hebron, attack) and Megan Taylor (Glenelg, goalie) also represented Howard County.
Many Howard County natives were also featured in the Uncommitted Games. Boys who made those rosters were: Cody Ford (Howard, 2015), Scot Bruner (Howard, 2015), Adam Friedman (Howard, 2015), Shane Brookhart (Mt. Hebron, 2015), Brady Kinner (River Hill, 2015), Matthew Leone (Mt. Hebron, 2016), Andrew Murrow (Boys Latin, 2016), Brett Wasson (Glenelg, 2016), Christian VandenHeuvel (Glenelg Country School, 2017), Jack Carson (Reservoir, 2017), Ethan Forrest (Glenelg, 2017).
Girls who made those rosters were: Martha Hutzell (Centennial, midfield) and Danielle Wilson (Centennial, midfield).