TOWSON — Grace Griffin joined forces with elite high school lacrosse senior players from all over the country on Saturday.
Griffin, along with Century's Kylie Davis, represented Carroll on Team South in the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Team South defeated Team North 16-15 in overtime when midfielder Charlotte North (Duke) netted a quick goal past North goalie Hannah Van Middelem (Syracuse) with 2 minutes, six seconds left in the first three-minute overtime period.
The overtime victory was Team South's first lead of the game and the first Under Armour All-America Girls Lacrosse Classic to need extra time in determining a winner.
"It was so awesome," said Griffin, a Liberty alumna. "This event as a whole, you just want to see everyone succeed and to see Charlotte get that goal, it was such a sick shot. Just knowing that the South, we came back, we played as a team and in just two short days we were able to come together and come back. It was just so exciting and so fun."
Team South was down 10-7 at the break, but scored twice to open the second half and trimmed the deficit 11-10. North, who had three goals and an assist on the night, scored to tie the game 12-12 with 16:18 left, but Team North answered back just seconds apart. With 3:16 left, South midfielder Liz Scott (Loyola) tossed in a goal off an assist from midfielder Andie Aldave (Notre Dame) to tie it 15-15.
Taylor Cummings, a three-time Tewaaraton Award recipient, leaped in the air with excitement as soon as South scored the game-winner. The former Maryland star served as Team South's coach along with Lauren Lea, a previous Florida standout, and Eldersburg native and Georgetown lacrosse alumna Corinne Etchison.
"It was so amazing," Griffin said. "I feel so grateful for it. "[Cummings] taught us so much in two short days and really wanted us to have fun. That was the biggest thing, she wanted us to just come out here, play our game and take it all in. It's a once in a lifetime chance and it was really great, everything she taught us."
Griffin, who first entered the game with 26:44 still to play in the first half, picked up two ground balls and won a draw control. She also had two turnovers and one caused turnover.
This year's Under Armour class will be attending 17 different universities in the fall – Griffin and Davis, both Maryland commits, are two of six future Terrapins on the rosters. Maryland is tied with North Carolina for the nation's most Under Armour All-Americans with six and the Terps will start next season as reigning national champions.
"I'm just excited to learn and play at such a high level," Griffin, ranked No. 4 by Inside Lacrosse, said. "Just take it all in and have an amazing four years with amazing players and amazing coaches and just excel and have fun playing lacrosse."
Griffin is the third player in Liberty girls lacrosse history to reach 200 career goals and the 13th in Carroll history to do so. She helped lead the Lions to a Class 2A-1A South Region championship this season and scored six goals in Liberty's 15-8 state semifinal loss to county foe Century.
Griffin and Davis plan to be roommates at Maryland this fall, and they will join a handful of former Carroll talents on the Terps' lacrosse team as well.
"It's such an honor, honestly," Griffin said. "Coming just from Carroll County, you talk to some people around here who are from all over the country who don't even know where Carroll County is. Just being able to rep it for the South is an awesome feeling."
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Lacrosse's most prestigious underclassmen tournament, held at the Under Amour event over the weekend, consists of players in graduating classes of 2018-2021. The tournament is split into two divisions, Highlight and Command. The Highlight division hosts players graduating in 2018-2019 and Command's players are slated to graduate in 2020-2021.
Manchester Valley girls lacrosse coach Shelly Brezicki coaches the Highlight division which consists of Man Valley lacrosse players and Times first-team all-countians Lauren Cremen and Tayler Warehime, Westminster's Anna Ruby, and Mary Griffin, an Eldersburg resident.
Brezicki's squad went 4-0 in pool play to earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They will play in the semifinals today at 1 p.m.
Century freshman and Times first-team all-countian Grace Bruce played on the Command division team.