Kylie Davis tore her anterior cruciate ligament in a lacrosse tournament last fall and missed her senior lacrosse season at Century.
But it did not prevent her from earning the sport's most distinguished honor as an Under Armour All-American.
Davis is representing Carroll County on Team South in the 12th Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
She won't play in the game, but the recognition is just as rewarding for the recent Century graduate.
"It feels amazing and I wish I could be playing," said Davis, who is joined by teammate Grace Griffin (Liberty) as the county's other representative in the game. "I was at practice watching all the other amazing players and I was like, I wish I could be playing with them because they're so amazing. I know they would make me better but it's a great honor, it really is.
"It's sad I can't play but I'm working up to it and hopefully I can come back in a couple more months."
The top 44 senior boys and girls are selected by a committee made up of the nation's most recognizable figures in high school lacrosse, according to Under Armour Lacrosse's website. The players compete in separate girls and boys North vs. South All-Star Games during the weekend's events.
The boys game is set for 8 p.m., and both contests are to be broadcast on ESPNU.
Team South is being coached by three-time Tewaaraton Award winner and former Maryland standout Taylor Cummings. Davis said she hadn't met Cummings prior to this weekend but said she has been a great teacher and coach for the South so far.
Davis and Griffin will join a handful of former county players on Maryland women's lacrosse team later this year — Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley), three-time Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, Hannah Warther (Century), Shelby Mercer (Century), Marissa Donoghue (Century), and Julie LeGar (Eldersburg/Garrison Forest).
"I'm most excited about the talent I'm going to be able to play with," Davis said. "I can't wait to get to Maryland and have the experience of everybody else there. They're obviously going to make me 10 times better than I have ever been so that's the most exciting thing is being able to excel in a sport I love."
As a junior in 2016, Davis totaled 71 points for the Knights (62 goals, nine assists). She won 44 draw controls and picked up 40 ground balls as well. Davis was very much a part of the Knights' 2017 team, despite sitting out the season. She was introduced at the start of every game and joined her teammates in the handshake line — with the help of crutches and a knee brace.
Davis, who wore No. 1 for Century, was the first player to be recognized in the celebration ceremony following the Knights' 13-5 victory over Fallston in the Class 2A state championship game. The Knights fielded nine freshmen this season — six of which started — and Davis said it taught her a quality lesson in leadership.
"Even though I didn't play, the freshmen come in and as a senior, your job is to teach them because they're the future of that school," Davis said. "When they're going to be seniors, they will learn from you and will pass that down from generation to generation. A big task this year was building up the freshmen to be confident and everything with stick skills and learning how varsity plays. I think we did perfectly fine, they stepped up and did amazing."
Davis earned Times all-county honors in three sports at Century. She played soccer in the fall and ran indoor track in the winter before lacrosse came in the spring. Davis had eight goals and six assists for the Knights' soccer team before injuring her knee.
In 2016, Davis finished sixth in the 300-meter dash at the Class 2A indoor track state meet, and also ran on a pair of relays.
Davis is anticipating the college experience aside from lacrosse as well. She said she loves learning about the human body, so it shouldn't come as a surprise when she describes her intended major of choice — kinesiology. She spends most of the summer building her strength back up, working out five days a week and devoting three of those days to workouts designed to retain the muscle in her knee, such as biking, running and various forms of upper body strength.
"I'm doing much better," Davis said. "I'm building muscle and learning my lesson about eating protein. There was one part in my recovery where I felt like I couldn't do this anymore, but I found the extra push to keep me going. Now I'm back to being motivated — it's a long recovery, it really is."