Now that college lacrosse's regular season has come to a close, locals are filling key roles for some of the best teams in the nation in the NCAA tournaments.
The women's Division I bracket has the most impressive showing with 20 former county players participating, spread across 11 of the 26 teams in the tourney, including four of six teams with first-round byes - top-seeded Maryland, third-seeded North Carolina, fifth-seeded Florida and sixth-seeded Georgetown.
Senior midfielder Katie Schwarzmann (Century) leads the Terrapins (19-0) after earning her second straight ACC Offensive Player of the Year award. She racked up 51 goals and 74 points in the regular season. Freshman defender Alice Mercer (Century) has two assists, 20 ground balls, 11 draw controls and four caused turnovers in 19 games (14 starts). Junior midfielder Amalie Trentzsch (Winters Mill) is also on the roster.
Maryland hosts the Towson-Stony Brook winner Sunday at noon.
Junior midfielder Brittney Coppa (North Carroll) ranks third on North Carolina (14-3) with 29 goals and is tied for fourth with 32 points while ranking among team leaders with 20 ground balls, 22 draw controls and 13 caused turnovers. The Tar Heels host the Loyola-High Point winner Sunday at 1.
Freshman attack Angela Flister (Century) has two goals in nine games off the bench for Florida (17-2), which hosts the Jacksonville-Denver winner Sunday at 1.
Freshman attack Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg/McDonogh) has 17 goals and 25 points in 18 games as a reserve for Georgetown (13-5), which hosts the Penn-Virginia winner on Sunday at 1.
On to the teams who will play in the first round.
Seventh-seeded Penn State (12-6) is being fueled offensively by former county players. Sophomore attack Maggie McCormick (Liberty) leads the team with 43 goals, 33 assists and 76 points. Junior attack Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill) ranks second with 27 assists and 54 points. Freshman attack Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) has contributed 16 goals, 20 points, 20 ground balls, 26 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers.
The Nittany Lions host Canisius on Friday at 4 in the first round.
Senior midfielder Morgan Leonard (Liberty) leads Canisius (14-4) with 56 goals, 45 caused turnovers and 58 ground balls while ranking second with 68 points and 42 draw controls.
Towson (10-8) has five locals on its roster. Redshirt junior attack Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster) leads the team with 30 assists and 49 points in 12 games (11 starts). Junior defender Katie Leech (Winters Mill) is tops on the team with 41 draw controls while ranking among Tigers leaders with 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
Junior midfielder Kelly Murkey (Westminster) has four goals, five points, five draw controls and four caused turnovers in 16 games as a reserve. Senior midfielder Katie DeFilippo (South Carroll) has played four games off the bench and freshman attack Alex Simpson (Westminster) has appeared in one.
The Tigers play Stony Brook in College Park on Friday at 7 p.m.
Denver (17-2) has sophomore attack Jill Remenapp (Century), who leads the nation with 69 assists and ranks second in the country with 5.53 points per game (105 total).
The Pioneers face Jacksonville (13-5) in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday at 4. Freshman midfielder Allie Colson (Manchester Valley) has five goals in 11 games as a reserve for the Dolphins.
Junior midfielder Margaret Smith (Westminster/McDonogh) has 14 goals, 15 points, 35 ground balls, 35 draw controls and a team-high 33 caused turnovers for Notre Dame (12-4), which plays Stanford in Evanston, Ill., on Friday at 8.
And finally, Princeton (10-6) has two from Carroll. Sophomore attack Erin McMunn (Winters Mill) leads the team with 38 goals, 28 assists and 66 points while adding 41 draw controls. Sophomore midfielder Erin Slifer (South Carroll) ranks second on the team with 18 assists and 35 points in 15 games (four starts). The Tigers face Duke in Annapolis on Friday at 7.
The county is represented by four players on three teams in the men's Division I tournament.
Senior midfielder Curtis Holmes (Marriottsville/McDonogh) has one goal and 20 ground balls while winning 42 of 72 faceoffs in 10 games as a reserve for sixth-seeded Maryland (10-3). The Terrapins host Cornell on Sunday at 2 on ESPN2.
Sophomore goalie Eric Natale (Westminster) has played all but 3 minutes, 38 seconds of Yale's season, posting a 7.99 goals-against average, 135 saves and a .529 save percentage. The Bulldogs (11-4) visit eighth-seeded Penn State on Saturday at 2:30. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Towson (10-7) also has two from the county. Redshirt freshman midfielder Ben McCarty (South Carroll) ranks fifth on the team with 13 goals and 18 points while tying for third with 25 ground balls in 16 games as a reserve. Freshman midfielder Dan Livingston (Westminster) has one assist, 12 ground balls and seven forced turnovers in 15 games off the bench.
The Tigers will visit third-seeded Ohio State on Sunday at 3 and the contest can be seen on ESPNU.
Carroll will be represented by just one player in the Division II brackets, with freshman midfielder Carleigh Davis (Liberty) posting two goals in seven games as a reserve for the Limestone women (18-1), who host Pfeiffer Sunday at noon.