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Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Warehime led Mavs with keen 'lacrosse IQ'

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Warehime led Mavs with keen 'lacrosse IQ'
Manchester Valley senior Tayler Warehime is the 2018 Carroll County Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Tayler Warehime always seemed to be one step, or one play, ahead.

The Manchester Valley senior made it known from just about anywhere on the field. She analyzed her opponent’s every move and used it to her advantage, especially at the draw.

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Credit her impressive “lacrosse IQ,” Mavericks coach Shelly Brezicki said.

“You can give her very short, concise feedback and she will apply it right away,” Brezicki said. “Her IQ allows her to do that and we can tell her one thing to change and she was able to change it right away. You don’t have time on the draw to wait for a change to happen, you need it right away and you want to win that next possession. She could apply what we tell her and apply it to win that next draw.”

Warehime’s 76 goals topped the county this season and the standout midfielder helped lead the Mavericks to a 9-5 record and an appearance in the Class 3A West Region Section 1 semifinals en route to being named Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.

She concluded her high school career, which was split between Man Valley and North Carroll, with 226 goals, good for eighth best in Carroll County public school girls lacrosse history.

Playing sports was a stable part of Warehime’s childhood. Her first exposure to lacrosse came at the club level when she joined Sky Walkers at age 5. There, she gradually grew into an athlete who learned how to work hard and push herself. The travel team changed her perspective on lacrosse, and soon enough she fell in love with the game.

Warehime verbally committed to North Carolina, her “dream school,” to play lacrosse before her freshman season at North Carroll even began.

She started at midfield for the Panthers as a freshman and made her presence known. She ended the year tied for third in the county with 80 points (63 goals, 17 assists) and earned first team all-county honors. She helped the Panthers upset Century in the playoffs as a sophomore and relocated to Manchester Valley after North Carroll closed in the spring of 2016.

The four-time Times all-county first-team pick said playing at North Carroll taught her how be a team player and she carried that over to the Mavericks’ squad.

“Being comfortable all the time on the field and knowing that everyone’s going to make mistakes,” Warehime said. “But, what you do after the mistake is what will really count so I don’t think about the mistakes. I looked up to the seniors because I wasn’t a captain, but I really wanted to be a leader. I thought not being a captain helped shape me into the player I wanted to be.”

Manchester Valley's Tayler Warehime releases a shot between pressure from Westminster during a girls lacrosse game April 5., 2018.
Manchester Valley's Tayler Warehime releases a shot between pressure from Westminster during a girls lacrosse game April 5., 2018. (Brian Krista / For the Carroll County Times)

Warehime became well-rounded too, and Brezicki took notice. She won 95 draw controls and collected 28 ground balls this season to go with 95 points (76 goals, 19 assists).

“The year the schools merged, when she came in, I think we had a combined 14 seniors,” Brezicki said. “The nice thing for Tayler, as skilled of a player as she is, she had a lot of other skilled players around her and it took away her feeling that she had to do everything. It allowed her to really focus on the things she wanted to work on, things she wanted to improve on. I think it helped her become that player who will play at that top level and not have to do everything on the field.”

Carroll County wasn’t the only place Warehime garnered attention for her talent — last fall she joined a list of seniors on Inside Lacrosse’s Young Gun Senior Rankings (19th out of 40).

Warehime, who graduated from Man Valley on June 9, described her high school career as “bittersweet,” but she’s looking forward to the next step in her journey at North Carolina.

“Coming to Man Val has been a great experience for me and I’ve been able to face a lot of adversity,” Warehime said. “Not everything has gone my way with injuries throughout my high school career, but I really think it’s just been a great experience and I’ve had a lot of help along the way and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, my parents and coaches.”

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