Girl Athlete of the Week (May 15): Sarah Cooper, Notre Dame Prep, lacrosse

The senior led a defense that held then-No. 1 McDonogh to its lowest offensive output in three years in the Blazers’ 10-8 upset victory for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship Friday night. It was the Blazers’ first title since 2003 and it ended the Eagles’ 198-game national-record girls lacrosse winning streak. With the win, they took over the No. 1 spot.

The Blazers allowed just 20 goals combined in three A Conference playoff games last week, including a 7-5 win over No. 3 Glenelg Country and a 19-7 win over Mount de Sales. In the three games, Cooper had nine ground balls, four takeaways, nine self clears and also scored for the first time this season. Her goal broke a 2-2 first-half tie and gave the Blazers the lead for good.

A second-team All-Metro selection last season, Cooper played club lacrosse for TLC. She is an Under Armour All-American and will play next year at Syracuse.

Others considered: Brooke Barger, Notre Dame Prep, lacrosse; Kaelyn Carter, City, track; Kearstyn Chapman, McDonogh, softball; Snigdha Puram, Long Reach, tennis; Jada Seaman, McDonogh, track

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