Memorial Day weekend turned into one the Colson family won't soon forget.
Maryland's women's lacrosse team capped an unbeaten season (23-0) with its 14th national championship when the Terps beat Boston College 16-13 on Sunday. Lizzie Colson, a freshman midfielder and Manchester Valley graduate, played defense during the game and collected three draw controls, two ground balls, and a caused turnover.
The game was played Sunday morning at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., in front of more than 11,000 fans. Maryland played in its fifth straight national championship game.
Colson is one of five former county players on the Terps' roster — she's joined by sophomore defender Shelby Mercer (Century), sophomore midfielder Marissa Donoghue (Century), junior defender Julie LeGar (Eldersburg/Garrison Forest), and freshman midfielder Hannah Warther (Century).
A few hours after Maryland's Division I national crown, Gettysburg defeated The College of New Jersey 6-5 in Salem, Va., to secure the D-III national title.
The game-winner came from sophomore midfielder Steph Colson (Manchester Valley), who scored the first goal of the game and capped it with her second at the 2:57 mark of regulation. The Bullets trailed 5-4 with less than 9 minutes to play.
Colson completed a clear late in the game and scored unassisted.
"Sometimes when you're running down the field you just get tunnel vision and if you see one girl in front of you, you just have to take it," Colson said in an article on Gettysburg's athletics website.
Colson earned Most Valuable Player for the NCAA tournament.
Drenner getting chance to go pro
Towson senior attackman Ryan Drenner (Westminster) had three goals and one assist in the Tigers' men's lacrosse national semifinal against Ohio State on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Buckeyes prevailed 11-10 and advanced to the title game.
Drenner's lacrosse career doesn't appear to be finished just yet, however.
Major League Lacrosse's annual Collegiate Draft took place over the weekend too, and Drenner's name was called by the Florida Launch with the first pick in the fourth round.
Drenner, a two-time USILA All-America Honorable Mention selection, finished his senior season with 30 goals and 29 assists for a team best 59 points. Drenner finished his career on a 30-game point scoring streak, adding at least one point in every game over the last season and a half.
Higgins, Saints at it again
Limestone's men's lacrosse team captured its third Division II national title in four seasons by beating Merrimack 11-9 in the final Sunday. Junior midfielder Ben Higgins (Gerstell) had a goal in the victory, and he finished the season with 34 goals and three assists for the Saints.
Higgins was an All-Conference Carolinas second-team selection this season.
Spartan effort for York's Cattrano
Manchester Valley graduate Katelyn Cattrano finished up her college lacrosse carer at York in fine fashion. The senior midfielder recently earned a spot on the Intercollegeiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Senior All-Star Team.
The honor came after Cattrano set a York single-season record with 30 assists. She finished her four-year career with 58 assists, placing her fourth in Spartans history. Cattrano added nine goals and totaled 39 points, the second most on the team.
Cattrano finished her career at York with 69 games played, making 47 starts, recording 110 points on 52 goals and 58 assists, scooping up 33 ground balls, causing nine turnovers and controlling seven draws.
She helped the Spartans to 16 wins this year, an undefeated regular season, a Capital Athletic Conference championship game appearance, and a spot in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.
A bright spot for Senators
Manchester Valley graduate Lydia Eichhorst had a solid freshman season playing on Davis & Elkins' women's lacrosse team. Eichhorst split time playing defense and goalie, and her skills were evident in the Great Midwest Athletis Conference.
Eichhorst was named G-MAC Freshman of the Year after she played in 11 games (10 starts) and scooped up 16 ground balld with 14 caused turnovers and five draw controls. She also logged more than 200 minutes and made 26 saves at goalie for the Senators, who went winless this spring (0-12).
Eichhorst was also named to the G-MAC all-conference and all-freshman teams.
Stars align for Green Terror men's lax
McDaniel men's lacrosse senior defender Will Kroppe was recently selected as a member of the South Team in this year's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/Nike North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Kroppe was a second-team All-Centennial Conference selection. He led the team and conference with 59 caused turnovers. Starting all 16 games, he was also second on the team and fourth in the Centennial with 63 ground balls.
A fine finish for pair of local Bearcats
McKendree University's women's lacrosse team captured the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championshipip in early May by beating Grand Valley State in the title game. The Bearcats' roster includes senior attacker Bree Suter (Winters Mill) and senior defender Morgam Cremen (Manchester Valley).
Suter had four goals in the GLIAC championship game and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Suter was a started on McKendree's inaugural women's lacrosse team when the program began in 2013. She finished this spring with 32 goals.
Cremen made 18 starts on defense for the Bearscats (13-5) and picked up 11 ground balls with four caused turnovers.