TOWSON - The next time Century graduate Haley Bordner picks up a lacrosse stick in an official game, it will be as a freshman this fall at the University of Florida.
Bordner closed out her pre-college lacrosse career as a member of the South squad in the eighth annual Under Armour All-America Classic played Saturday at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Playing alongside and against the top the high school graduates in the nation, Bordner got a first-hand look at the level of competition she'll be facing in September Fall Ball and next spring with the Gators.
Bordner showed she belonged pumping in her only her only goal of the game from five yards in front of the net at the 15 minute, 7 second mark of the first half to give the South a 3-2 lead.
Although the South led 8-7 at the half, they would eventually fall to the North 18-16.
But regardless of the score, Bordner said she enjoyed every minute of a weekend that included staying in a hotel, a banquet, press luncheon and lots of Under Armour swag.
"This was just so much fun being able to play with the best of the best" Bordner said. "Plus, they treat us like rock stars."
Being among the best is something Bordner got used to a lot during her four years at Century.
She made the state finals all four years and played on two state championship teams. Bordner also won a state title as a member of the Knights 2011 volleyball team.
This past season, Bordner led the Knights to a 16-2 record and to the state final four before falling to Marriotts Ridge in the title game.
"I'm still not quite over that one yet," Bordner said. "But even so, I had an incredible high school athletic career. Some people play all four years and never even get to a regional. I'm very thankful for the opportunities I had."
In a season that saw her put up 39 goals and 38 assists, Bordner was named Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.
"I got to play with a lot of great players at Century," Bordner said. "It was a wonderful experience that's for sure."
One of those Century players Bordner played with was Angela Flister, who just finished her freshman year the University of Florida and will be Bordner's teammate come September.
"We're really looking forward to being together down there," Bordner said. "I just keep getting more excited with each passing day."
In addition to the coaches and players at Century, Bordner also has special praise for her club lacrosse coaches and especially Buddy Remenapp, the father of her two Century teammates, Abby and Allison Remenapp.
"He taught me everything I know," Bordner said. "He was my first lacrosse coach and taught me how to play with attitude and toughness."
But as "tough" as she is, Bordner still managed to get a little emotional when she realized that the Under Armour game was her last girls lacrosse game because in college it becomes women's lacrosse.
"It's just starting to hit me," Bordner said. "Everything up until now has been about playing in high school and now that's over."
NOTE: Though Bordner was the only Carroll senior chosen to play in the Under Armour Classic, a number of other county players were picked to play in the Underclassmen Games held Friday and Saturday.
Those picked were Bordner's Century teammate, Hannah Warther, Liberty's Kelsey Major, and Kayleigh Phillips from Winters Mill. Century's Alex Gipe and Westminster's Jesse Uhlman and Ryan Hursey were picked for the boys Underclassmen Games.