The annual Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic is a few weeks away, with its senior boys and girls all-star games serving as the focal point.
But there’s more lacrosse going on than just the All-America contests — Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University hosts the games June 29 — in the Baltimore area.
The Underclass Tournament features Command and Highlight divisions in reach region, for boys and girls. Command showcases incoming freshmen and sophomores, while Highlight includes incoming juniors and seniors. The 22 regional teams were selected after a tryout process in May and early June.
Each division will compete in pool play before the top teams advance to a championship round.
Carroll has four girls on Baltimore’s Highlight team in Century’s Demma Hall, Liberty’s Alanna Wray, Gerstell Academy’s Kennedy Major, and Hampstead resident Payton Rowley (Maryvale Prep).
Hall, a sophomore midfielder, was second in the county this spring with 97 points (48 goals, 49 assists) and led the Knights to the Carroll County Athletic League title. She’s verbally committed to University of Maryland.
Wray, a junior midfielder, led the Lions in scoring with 70 points (46 goals, 34 assists). She has given Loyola Maryland a verbal commitment.
Major, a sophomore defender, had 13 caused turnovers, 22 goals, and 46 draw controls for Gerstell this season. Rowley helped Maryvale go 7-9-1 (6-7 Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) this season.
Gerstell’s Kylie Redman landed on the Baltimore Command team. Redman, a freshman defender, totaled 15 caused turnovers and 13 draws in 2019.
Baltimore’s boys Highlight team features a pair of Eldersburg residents in junior defender Blake Gable (Boys’ Latin) and junior midfielder Josh Webber (Calvert Hall).
Gable earned all-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association honors this spring, and collected 47 ground balls for BL, which honored Gable with its Unsung Hero Award for 2019. He has given University of North Carolina a verbal commitment for 2020.
Webber helped Calvert Hall win its second straight MIAA A Conference title this spring, and he totaled 24 goals and seven assists for the Cardinals. The Towson commit (verbal) played on the 2017 Under Armour Command team.
Another accolade for Owls lacrosse
Westminster’s boys lacrosse team capped its 2019 season with a second consecutive Class 3A state championship, but the Owls were given another award following the postseason. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association handed out its sportsmanship award to Westminster’s boys and Boonsboro’s girls for this spring.
The Owls went 19-0 and defeated Northern (Calvert County) 9-8 in the final May 22 at Paint Branch High School and earned the program’s third state championship.
Help wanted around the county
South Carroll is looking to fill the following coaching vacancies for the 2019-20 school year — junior varsity volleyball and JV field hockey, and varsity indoor and outdoor track, boys lacrosse, and softball. Anyone interested can contact incoming athletic director Tim Novotny at 410-751-3575.