Girls Lacrosse: Under Armour game 'huge honor' for Wilson, Warehime

Girls Lacrosse: Under Armour game 'huge honor' for Wilson, Warehime
Gerstell's Jillian Wilson moves the ball against John Carroll on March 19, 2018. (Ken Koons/Carroll County Times)

Jillian Wilson made a clear observation following her first practice with her fellow Under Armour All-America Lacrosse teammates at Towson University on Friday.

“Basically, everyone is really good,” said Wilson, a recent Gerstell Academy graduate. “This is the best of the best, that’s why 44 of us are here, so it’s awesome. It’s a great opportunity to play before we go off to college and play with the rest of the amazing girls in the country.


“It’s amazing, it’s an honor to play with these girls because they make me better and hopefully I make the better as well. It’s a good switch.”

It’s the best of the best indeed.

Wilson and Tayler Warehime, the Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, are representing Carroll County on Team South in the annual senior all-star game. This year the classic takes place June 30 at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field. The girls game begins at 5:30, followed by the boys game.

The event, in its 13th year, combines the talent of multiple athletes committed to top-tier NCAA Division I programs ranging from as far as Stanford to as close as Maryland.

Wilson led Gerstell this spring with 52 goals and added 18 assists. She finished her career at Gerstell with 273 goals — the third highest number in Carroll County girls lacrosse history — and was a dynamic fixture in the team’s midfield.

Lacrosse wasn’t Wilson’s first love, she said, but basketball was. Wilson started playing lacrosse when she was 7 or 8 years old and slowly made the transition into actively pursuing the sport.

She joined Skywalkers, a club team, as a freshman and said it was the best decision she ever made.

From there, colleges started to take notice of the speedy midfielder. She took her first college visit at Loyola University and the Greyhounds stole her heart, despite taking visits to other schools during her recruitment process.

“High school was awesome and Gerstell was a great place to be, but I’m really excited to go off to the next step my life to Loyola, obviously I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Wilson said. “It’s a huge honor to play for Under Armour. I’m very, very excited and blessed to have this opportunity to play.

“Tayler and I are both representing Carroll County and we’re really proud of that and we’re going to try and represent well.”

Manchester Valley's Tayler Warehime looks to move against Westminster during a May 11, 2018 game in Westminster.
Manchester Valley's Tayler Warehime looks to move against Westminster during a May 11, 2018 game in Westminster. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

Warehime, a recent Manchester Valley graduate, led the Carroll County this season with 76 goals and 95 points. She helped the Mavericks go 9-5 and finished her career, split between Man Valley and North Carroll, with 226 goals, good for eighth best in county public-school history.

The midfielder joins former North Carroll teammates and Bel Air standouts Gabi Hall and Elizabeth Hillman as Team South’s three North Carolina commits. Hillman, ranked the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018 by Inside Lacrosse, is listed as one of the game’s players to watch.

“It’s an awesome experience and just playing with all these girls and playing against them, it’s just going to make me a better player,” Warehime said. “Really, just the chemistry, it’s already built for our South team so it’s really cool to see how we can come together really fast to have fun but also want to be here to win the game.”

There are 25 girls from Maryland in this year’s Under Armour All-America Classic — 12 for Team South, three for Team North. McDonogh’s Maddie Jenner is also listed as a player to watch and will be hard to miss. She’s 6 feet, 2 inches, and one of the top draw specialists in the country.


Hannah Mardiney (Team North) and Sarah Cooper (Team South) are representing Notre Dame Prep in this year’s game. The Blazers defeated McDonogh 10-8 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship to snap the Eagles’ 198-game winning streak that accumulated over nine years.

“Being from Maryland, there are so many feeding schools into here like McDonogh and NDP,” Warehime said. “You’re basically playing with the best players in this country because Maryland is probably the best state for lacrosse.”