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Lacrosse: Carroll coach, players earn US Lacrosse honors

Westminster's Anna Ruby carries the ball down the field in the second half of the Owls' 20-7 win over the Cadets at Western Regional Park Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

The summer months tend to bring postseason accolades for spring sports teams, and a handful of Carroll boys and girls lacrosse players recently received some recognition.

US Lacrosse handed out its 2018 High School Awards last week, after the sport’s governing body went through a process late last month of reviewing submissions from across the country. Boys and girls receive All-America and All-Academic awards, and there’s a service award also given to a graduating senior on the boys and girls side.


In addition, US Lacrosse hands out Coach of the Year awards for its chapters and regions.

Carroll had four players earn All-America honors.


Westminster senior Christian Etchison is the boys’ representative.

As a junior, Etchison helped the Owls win the Class 3A state championship this past spring. The midfielder collected 36 goals and 34 assists for the second most points on Westminster’s offense. Etchison added 56 groundballs for the county and 3A West Region champs.

Westminster's Christian Etchison is chased by Moun St. Joseph's Michael Kiley in the first half of their season-opening game in 2018.

Etchison, a Mount St. Mary’s commit, earned Times Player of the Year after the season.

Three county girls players earned All-America status — Westminster’s Madi Macera and Anna Ruby, and Manchester Valley’s Tayler Warehime.

Macera, a recent Owls graduate, had 52 points on 44 goals and eight assists this spring. The senior attacker helped Westminster win the 3A state title, a first for the program.

Macera is headed to Virginia Tech for lacrosse.

Ruby was a Times Player of the Year candidate after finishing her junior season with 72 points (59 goals, 13 assists). The midfielder netted three goals in the state championship game.

Warehime, the Times Player of the Year, led Carroll County in points with 95 (76 goals, 19 assists). The recent Mavericks grad finished her high school career with 226 goals — good for eighth most in Carroll girls lacrosse history.


Warehime, a four-time Times all-county first-team selection, is headed to University of North Carolina for lacrosse.

Ruby also earned All-Academic honors, as did Man Valley’s Becca Wade.

Manchester Valley goalie Becca Wade makes a save on a shot by a Westminster opponent, with teammate Becca Ruiz also in on the play during a girls lacrosse game at Manchester Valley High School on Thursday, April 5.

Also a recent MV grad, Wade posted a .468 save percentage — second best in the county — and totaled 103 saves in her senior season.

On the boys’ side, Westminster’s Brandon Kim earned All-Academic honors. Kim, a Times first-team all-county pick in 2017, battled through injuries in his senior season but remained one of the Owls’ top face-off specialists.

Westminster’s Steve DeFeo received a Coach of the Year honor.

DeFeo guided the Owls to an 18-1 record and their second state championship in program history. In eight seasons as coach at Westminster, DeFeo’s record is 122-17.