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College notebook: Carroll countians come away with national title

Two former county players will be adding championship rings to their collections after the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team won its 12th NCAA Division I national title on Sunday.

Sophomore defender Alice Mercer (Century) and senior midfielder Amalie Trentzsch (Winters Mill) are members of the No. 1 Terrapins (23-1), who topped second-seeded Syracuse 15-12 in the finals at Towson.

Mercer started the championship game and ended her All-American season having started all 24 of Maryland's contests. She recorded 29 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers while helping the Terps hold opponents to 191 goals all year.

"What an amazing night this is for our Maryland lacrosse program," head coach Cathy Reese said in a statement Sunday. "Our girls came out and fought hard from the opening whistle until the end. Lacrosse is a game of runs and there were a lot of them tonight. We really stuck together and played the full 60 minutes and we are really excited to come away with the national championship."

Maryland's 23 wins in 2014 matched a program record originally set in 2001 when the Terps went 23-0 on their way to a seventh consecutive national championship.

JUST SHORT: The Salisbury University men's lacrosse team came up one win short in its bid for its 11th NCAA Division III national championship.

The Sea Gulls suffered a 12-9 loss to Tufts on Sunday in Baltimore to finish 21-2.

Freshman defensive midfielder Teddy Chase (Winters Mill) is a member of the squad and finished the year with five appearances as a reserve.

ALL-AMERICAN SPARTANS: Junior attack Tyler Hutson (Winters Mill) and senior midfielder Seth Krolus (Westminster/Loyola Blakefield) were two of five members of the York College men's lacrosse team named USILA All-American honorable mentions last week.

Hutson earned his second nod, as he was a second-team selection last year. He finished the year with a team-high 52 goals while adding 13 assists for 65 points. He notched a team-high nine man-up goals while also scoring four game-winners. He collected 41 ground balls and had seven caused turnovers in his 20 games played.

Hutson is York's all-time leading scorer with 210 points on a school-record 161 goals and 49 assists. He owns 21 career man-up goals and 10 game-winning tallies. He was a first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection for the third time after leading the league in goals for the second consecutive year while ranking sixth in points.

Krolus closed out his strong Spartans career with 34 points on 16 goals and 18 assists. He had 82 ground balls, eight caused turnovers, one game-winning goal and one man-up goal. Krolus earned first-team All-CAC honors for the second straight year and was also selected to play in the USILA Senior All-Star Game.

Krolus finished his career with 97 points on 44 goals and 53 assists with 224 ground balls. He had two game-winning goals and three man-up goals. He concluded his career first in program history in games played, third in ground balls and third in games started. Krolus finished the year fifth in the conference in ground balls.

FRENCH AN ALL-STAR: Senior defender Liz French (Century) of the Shippensburg University women's lacrosse team has been selected to participate in the IWLCA/DeBeer Division II North/South All-Star Game, which will be played June 7 at Cabrini College.

A four-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first-team selection, French will represent the Raiders as one of 20 participants on the South squad.

French is the first player in the 38-year history of the Shippensburg lacrosse team to earn four consecutive All-PSAC first-team honors and the first PSAC player since 2009 to accomplish the feat.

This season, French led the Raiders with 44 ground balls and 42 draw controls to rank among the PSAC's statistical leaders in both categories. She also tied for the team lead with 21 caused turnovers.

French has posted career numbers that rank among SU's all-time leaders in ground balls (158), draw controls (167) and caused turnovers (63). She started all 67 games for the Raiders since 2011, adding 11 goals and five assists during that stretch.

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