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College Notebook: Liberty grad Grace Griffin led Carroll group that helped Maryland win another national championship

Maryland's Grace Griffin reacts after scoring a goal against Boston College during the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship at Homewood Field on May 26, 2019 in Baltimore.

Maryland’s latest women’s lacrosse national championship once again featured a Carroll County flair.

The Terps put away Boston College 12-10 on May 26 at Homewood Field in Baltimore to earn their 14th title in program history and finish the season with a 22-1 record. Maryland made its sixth trip to an NCAA final in seven seasons, won for the fourth time in that stretch, and played before an announced crowd of 9,433, the fourth-highest attendance for a championship game.


Sophomore midfielder Grace Griffin, a Liberty High School graduate, had three goals in the win, and ended the year with 57 points on 45 goals. Griffin, the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, added 27 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers while making 22 starts this year.

One of Griffin’s goals in the NCAA final came from an assist by Hannah Warther (Century). The junior midfielder collected 12 goals and three assists this season.


Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley), and junior defender, paced the Terps with seven draw controls against Boston College. Colson amassed 127 draws, 46 ground balls, and 25 caused turnovers. She earned All-South Region second-team honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Senior defender Shelby Mercer (Century) started all 23 games for Maryland this year, and collected 31 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. Senior midfielder Marissa Donoghue (Century) played in 20 games, and had five ground balls and four causes turnovers.

Sophomore midfielder Kylie Davis (Century) saw action in four games and scored three goals.

A Final note for UNC’s Warehime

Freshman attacker Tayler Warehime (Manchester Valley) helped North Carolina reach the NCAA women’s lacrosse Final Four, where the Tar Heels have been eight times in the last 11 years.

Warehime totaled 38 points, fourth most on the team, with 34 goals and four assists. She added seven ground balls and four caused turnovers in 21 games (14 starts) for Carolina, which lost to Boston College 15-14 in double overtime in the national semifinals.

Piper flies high for Eagles

Junior attackman Colin Piper (Manchester Valley) led Eastern University’s men’s lacrosse team to a 12-7 record this season and a berth in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Tournament final in early May.

Piper led the Eagles in scoring with 56 points on 29 goals and 27 assists, a team high. Piper, who added 31 ground balls and six caused turnovers, earned MAC Freedom Offensive Player of the Week on March 25. Piper had five goals and six assists during a 2-0 week for Eastern.

A fine finale for Davis

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York senior attackman Hunter Davis (Westminster) is one of eight Spartans men’s lacrosse players to receive All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 2019.


Davis, who earned his first All-America accolades, finished his senior year with 83 points on 57 goals and 26 assists in 22 games (all starts). He also had 29 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.

Davis had 86 career games with York, scored 239 points on 173 goals and 66 assists. He also posted 134 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Davis owns the school record for career game-winning goals (28), first in games started, second in goals, second in man-up goals, third in points, and eighth in assists.

Mackinson makes the grade at FMU

Francis Marion University senior shortstop CJ Mackinson (Century) earned a spot on the Google Cloud Academic All-District Baseball team for District III. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America ballot, with those honorees to be announced in June.

On the field this season, Mackinson batted .262 in 49 games with seven doubles, three home runs, and 27 runs batted in. He registered 15 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games. Mackinson reached base safely in 17 straight games, matching a team-best streak.

Francis Marion (28-21) finished tied for sixth in the Peach Belt Conference this season, and posted a 10-win improvement over its 2018 campaign.

Mackinson carried a 4.0 grade-point average as a management major.