When the eighth-seeded Towson women's lacrosse team hosts Penn State on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament, Carroll County will have a strong presence in the game with a total of seven locals between the two teams.
The Tigers (16-3) feature four former Carroll players - senior Katie DeFilippo (South Carroll), sophomore Katie Leech (Winters Mill), sophomore Kelly Murkey (Westminster), and sophomore Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster).
Rohrback had the most points of the Carroll grads in the regular season (48), which was also the second most on the Towson team. The former Owl tallied 26 goals and 22 assists on the season.
Her former Owl teammate, Murkey, had nine goals and five assists this season. Leech had five goals and two assists, and DeFilippo scored one goal.
The Nittany Lions (11-6) have three Carroll graduates on their team - senior Brittaney Chamberlain (Westminster), sophomore Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill), and freshman Maggie McCormick (Liberty).
Cyr and McCormick tied for the team lead in points with 55 each. Cyr tallied 33 goals and 22 assists, while McCormick had 28 goals and 27 assists. Chamberlain started eight games as a defender this season.
Another women's lacrosse team playing in the first round with former county players is third-seeded Maryland (17-3). The Terrapins take on Massachusetts (19-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.
Katie Schwarzmann (Century) was the Terps' leading scorer this season with 78 points. The junior midfielder's 63 goals were tied for third-most in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse this season.
Sophomore Amalie Trentzsch (Winters Mill) is also a member of Maryland's team, but is redshirting this season.
Notre Dame (13-4), which plays at Northwestern (17-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m., also has a pair of Carroll residents in Westminster native Margaret Smith and Sykesville's Brittany Mallory.
Smith, who started 16 of the team's 17 games this season, tallied 11 goals and three assists this season, with a team-high 47 draw controls and 35 ground balls, second on the team. Mallory joined the team late after helping the Fighting Irish women's basketball squad to the Final Four and had one goal in five games.
North Carolina (14-3), which plays Navy (18-2) on Saturday at noon, features sophomore midfielder Brittney Coppa (North Carroll). The former Panther started all 17 games this season, tallying seven goals and an assist.
Carroll County has less of a presence in the men's D-1 tournament, with just two Carroll natives in the tournament.
Curtis Holmes, of Marriottsville, played for McDonogh in high school and is now a junior midfielder for Maryland (9-5). The Terps play Lehigh (14-2) at 7:30 on Sunday.
Holmes played in all 14 games this season, tallying a goal and an assist. The former Eagle also collected 50 ground balls, second most on the team.
Eric Natale (Westminster) is a freshman goalie at Yale (11-4). The Bulldogs take on fourth-seeded Notre Dame (11-2) at 5:15 on Sunday.
The former Owl played in four games this season, starting two of them, and made 13 saves.