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Glenelg grad Markwordt on the mark

It's always fun and interesting getting updates on high school players I cover when they advance to the college level. Finding an update in Sports Illustrated is impressive. Former Glenelg lacrosse/soccer standout Alayna Markwordt has made an fine early impression on the Ohio State women's lacrosse team.

The freshman attacker made the 'Faces in the Crowd' section in the magazine's most recent issue (March 30) after tying a program record with 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the Buckeyes' 22-12 win over Johns Hopkins last week. For the effort, Markwordt also was named WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week.

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She has 17 goals and 10 assists in her first five college games. I mostly covered Markwordt as she helped lead the Gladiators soccer team to a state title in the 2007 season. That fall, she was one of our Q & A profiles in Howard County and I jokingly harassed her for choosing to play lacrosse over soccer at the next level. It was obviously a great choice.

-- Glenn Graham

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