It's time for NCAA lacrosse tournaments to get under way once again, and that means tons of athletes who graced county fields displaying their talents on the top level's biggest stage.
Again, the Division I tournaments are loaded with locals, and here's a roundup of who's in and when they're playing.
Sophomore defender Alice Mercer (Century) and senior midfielder Amalie Trentzsch (Winters Mill) helped the University of Maryland women claim the tournament's top seed with a 19-1 regular season and ACC title. The Terrapins will face the Canisius-Penn winner Sunday in the second round.
Mercer has 27 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers in 20 games while Trentzsch has played in one game.
Freshman attack Kailey Wolfe (Century) is a member of the Penn women's team that went 12-4 to claim a spot in the tourney. The Quakers face Canisius Friday.
Senior Brittney Coppa is a midfielder with the University of North Carolina women's team. She missed the season with a torn ACL, but plans to return to the team next year. The third-seeded Tar Heels play the Johns Hopkins-Georgetown winner Sunday in the second round.
Sophomore midfielder Kristen Cannon (Manchester Valley) and freshman defender Maddie Bodden (Winters Mill) helped the Hopkins women go 15-4 to earn a spot in the tournament. The Blue Jays face Georgetown in Friday's first round.
Cannon has five goals, six points, 13 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers in 19 games (three starts). Bodden has appeared in eight games as a reserve.
Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg/McDonogh) plays for Georgetown, which is 10-8. Etchison is third on the team with 27 goals and 41 points in 18 games. She also has 16 ground balls.
Freshman attack Haley Bordner (Century) and sophomore defender Angela Flister (Century) have helped the University of Florida women go 17-2 to take the tournament's fourth seed.
Flister has one goal, eight ground balls and five caused turnovers in 12 games while Bordner has one goal, two ground balls and two caused turnovers in seven games. The Gators will face the Jacksonville-Denver winner in Sunday's second round.
Junior attack Jill Remenapp (Century) leads Denver with 48 assists and is second on the squad with 73 points. She also has 23 ground balls, 12 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers in 19 games for the Pioneers (18-1).
Freshman attack Abby Remenapp (Century), Jill's sister, and sophomore midfielder Allie Colson (Manchester Valley) play for Jacksonville, which is coached by Westminster native Mindy McCord. Colson has five goals, six points and seven ground balls in 13 games as a reserve while Remenapp scored two goals in 10 games off the bench for the Dolphins (14-5).
Sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Winters Mill), senior attack Mackenzie Cyr (Winters Mill), junior attack Maggie McCormick (Liberty), and the Penn State University women will face Princeton on Friday in the first round.
Madison Cyr leads the team with 39 goals and 46 points while adding 19 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers. Mackenzie Cyr and McCormick are tied for the team lead with 24 assists. McCormick has 43 points. Mackenzie Cyr has 40 points, 22 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. The Nittany Lions are 10-7.
Junior midfielder Erin Slifer (South Carroll) and junior attack Erin McMunn (Winters Mill) are the top two scorers for Princeton (11-6). McMunn has 40 goals, 52 points, 14 ground balls and 17 draw controls. Slifer has 23 goals, 44 points, 13 ground balls and 30 draw controls.
Senior midfielder Margaret Smith (Westminster/McDonogh) and freshman defender Hannah Rees (Sykesville/McDonogh) helped the University of Notre Dame women claim the tournament's eighth seed with a 9-8 record. The Fighting Irish play High Point Friday in the first round.
Smith was named a Tewaaraton Award nominee, marking the third straight year a Notre Dame player earned a nod. Smith, the Irish's only senior, led the ACC with 36 caused turnovers and 57 ground balls while adding two goals and 40 draw controls. Rees came off the bench in two games, recording a ground ball and a caused turnover.
The Towson University women won their second straight CAA championship to advance to the tournament, and did so with the help of several locals - freshman attack Jessica Carder (Westminster), senior midfielder Katie Leech (Winters Mill), senior midfielder Kelly Murkey (Westminster), senior attack Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster), sophomore attack Alex Simpson (Westminster) and freshman midfielder Colby Unkle (Manchester Valley).
The Tigers (11-7) face Stony Brook in Friday's first round.
Rohrback leads the team with 36 assists and ranks second with 70 points. Unkle has eight goals and 10 points off the bench. Leech leads the squad with 48 draw controls while ranking second with 34 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. She also has four points.
Murkey has two goals, 14 ground balls, and 10 caused turnovers. Carder and Simpson have each played in two games.
Freshman attack Megan Pettine (Westminster) plays for the Stony Brook women, who went 16-3.
On the men's side, sophomore attack Ryan Brown (Sykesville/Calvert Hall) led Johns Hopkins with 38 goals and finished second with 51 points. He added 16 ground balls and four caused turnovers in helping the Blue Jays go 10-4.
They play eighth-seeded Virginia on Sunday at 1 p.m., on ESPN2.
Sophomore attack Chris Frederick (South Carroll) and the Drexel University men take on fourth-seeded Penn on Sunday at 3 p.m. The first-round matchup will air on ESPNU. Frederick has appeared in six games off the bench, helping the Dragons go 12-4.
Sophomore midfielder Keegan Michel (Westminster/McDonogh) and the Harvard University men will play sixth-seeded Notre Dame in the first round Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. Michel has appeared in eight games, starting three, picking up 12 ground balls and winning 22 of 56 faceoffs during the Crimson's 10-6 season.
ALL-CENTENNIAL: Three members of the McDaniel softball team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team, released on Wednesday. Caroline Brehm was named the conference's Pitcher of the Year. Rachel Sidney joined Brehm on the first team while Emily Sneeringer earned second-team accolades. Brehm, a junior right-handed pitcher, earned her third straight Pitcher of the Year honors, becoming just the third hurler in conference history to accomplish the feat. She is currently 23-11 with one save, and a 1.41 ERA. She is second in all of Division III with 336 strikeouts against just 79 walks.
ALSO ALL-CC: Three members of the McDaniel women's lacrosse team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team. Danielle Entrot was named to the first team while Lauren McCadden was tabbed to the second team. Julia Jacobs earned honorable mention accolades.
ALL-CC III: Three members of the McDaniel baseball team have been named to the All-Centennial Conference team, released on Thursday. Marshall Betts earned first-team honors while Joe Fiore was named to the second team. Marty Windisch (Manchester Valley) was tabbed as an honorable mention. Windisch, a sophomore third baseman, finished second on the team with 46 hits, rapping nine doubles, a triple and four home runs. He exploded for a program record three roundtrippers on April 12. Windisch had a team-best 27 RBIs.