All-Metro girls lacrosse Player of the Year: Maddie Jenner, McDonogh

In almost every game this spring, No. 1 McDonogh had a overwhelming advantage in time of possession and Jenner was the reason why.

The 6-foot-2 center dominated the draw control, giving McDonogh's lethal attack the ball over and over again. She won 165 draws — 7.5 per game — and that led to an Eagles attack that averaged 16.4 goals against one of the toughest schedules in the country.

The difference in possession was the main reason the Eagles went 22-0, extended their national girls lacrosse record winning win streak to 177 games and were ranked No. 1 in the country for the eighth straight year.

Jenner, an All-Metro first-team selection last season, won 14 draws and led the Eagles to a 20-3 advantage in draw controls in the12-9 win over No. 3 Notre Dame Prep that gave them their ninth straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. McDonogh won every draw in the first half.

"Whoever had her on her team was going to win," NDP coach Mac Ford said. "She's phenomenal, the best player in the country in high school, no question. For what she does, there's no other player that dominating."

She also finished second on the team in goals with 40 and fourth in scoring with 44 points. In the title game, she led the Eagles with three goals and one assist .

On the draw, Jenner was almost always able to send the ball where she wanted it to go. With her height and long arms, she often plucked the ball out of the air. If opponents crashed on her, she could direct it to one of her teammates on the circle.

She won 56 percent of all the draws that McDonogh won this spring. The next closest teammate in draw controls, Andie Aldave, won 39.

Of the draws that Jenner took at center, Eagles coach Chris Robinson estimates that she probably won closer to 80 percent, because in many lopsided games when the starters didn't play for long stretches, Jenner didn't take a single second-half draw.

In three playoff games, however, when she took almost all of them, she won 33 of 67 total draws. In the A Conference quarterfinal 18-3 win over No. 13 St. Paul's, she won the first five and McDonogh led 5-0 in less than three minutes.

In the title game, the Blazers led by one in the first half, but draw controls helped the Eagles turn that around, running their lead to four on Jenner's free-position goal with about 20 minutes left in the game. Every time NDP tried to close the gap, Jenner won the draw and the Eagles scored to maintain at least a three-goal lead.

"What she did in the championship game — she took over the stage in the biggest show we had all year, and that did not come by accident," Robinson said.

"She works relentlessly in the offseason on improving her game and making her game strong. That hard work paid off because she had a great season — second-leading scorer for us, the most dominating draw person and quite honestly the most dominating player overall in the area and possibly in the country this year. And she's the first one to credit her teammates, saying she's getting all these accolades because of everything her teammates have done."

Jenner, who has won 357 draws for the Eagles in two years, will play for Baltimore in the Under Armour Underclass Lacrosse Tournament against teams from around the country June 29-July 2 at Towson University.

She has committed to play college lacrosse at Duke, where her sister Olivia, a two-time All-Metro midfielder at McDonogh, has led the Blue Devils in draw controls the past two seasons.

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