Laurel resident Emma Johnson was just glad to be on the women’s lacrosse team last year as a freshman at James Madison University, according to her coach.
This year, Johnson was a sophomore leader on defense and she started every game for the Dukes, who defeated Boston College, 16-15, on May 27 for the Division I NCAA championship.
“She improved her intensity on the field,” said JMU head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe, who is from Glen Arm and went to Loch Raven High. “She became a clear presence on defense. She was actively involved in problem solving. That started in the fall. She is just getting better every year.”
It was the first national title for JMU in women’s...