Whittle drew more defensive attention than any other attacker and always found a way to beat it.
A savvy strategist with a flashy stick and a wicked shot, Whittle could roll the crease to score from the most impossible angles or back defenders out to 12 meters only to blow by them on the dodge. She scored more goals than any other player on the All-Metro team and was a big reason the No. 1 Eagles extended their national-record winning streak to 112 games.
Whittle scored 88 goals, including the game winner in the 13-12 win over No. 2 Severn in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinals.
"She's an automatic goal," McDonogh coach Chris Robinson said. "She was somebody the other team had to focus in on on defense, and even when they did, we were able to get her the ball. She was pretty much unstoppable."
Whittle, a three-time All-Metro first-team selection, had three goals and two assists in the 16-13 title-game victory over No. 3 Roland Park that sealed the Eagles' sixth straight A Conference championship and their fifth straight national No. 1 ranking.
In a midseason 18-10 win over then-No. 12 St. Paul's, Whittle scored six goals and had three assists. Three goals and two assists came within 1 minute, 40 seconds. She also scored three goals in less than a minute and finished with six in the 15-8 win over North Harford — McDonogh's 105th straight win, which broke what is believed to be the national record for consecutive wins by a high school girls lacrosse team.
Against Severn in the semifinal, Whittle scored five goals, including one on a behind-the-back shot. She got the game winner with 1:18 left after beating most of the Admirals' defenders around the crease and finishing a low-angle shot. That completed the Eagles' rally from two goals down with less than six minutes left.
"She plays better when the pressure's on, and when their back was up against the wall, that's who they sent it to and they should have," Severn coach Renie Sotiropoulos said. "It's great to have a go-to player like that."
The top national recruit in the Class of 2014 and an Under Armour All-American, Whittle will play in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on July 12 at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium. She has signed to play for national champion Maryland.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun