Howard County standouts Courtney Renehan (Glenelg) and Laurie Bracey (Centennial) helped the South team to victory Saturday at the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the campus of Towson University.
Bracey got the start on defense, while Renehan played big minutes on the midfield line, recording a goal and an assist in the 16-15 overtime win.
Both Bracey and Renehan will play at the University of Maryland next spring.
"It was awesome," Renehan said. "It's fun playing against good competition and seeing where you fit in. It was fun seeing girls from all around the country."
Although the state of Maryland was well represented in the game, touting 15 athletes between the two rosters, it was Texas native Charlotte North who sealed the win, scoring the sudden death goal 32 seconds into overtime.
The Duke-bound North (three goals, assist) was named MVP and also helped the South team earn the win for just the fourth time after avenging last year's tight two-goal loss.
"It's pretty awesome to get that W. I know we all wanted it," said Renehan. "We got pumped in the locker room and I thought that was a big help because I knew they all wanted it too. We definitely wanted to win and we didn't stand for anything less than that."
After trailing 11-7 at the break, the South team went on a 5-1 run to open up the second half action.
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Renehan contributed a goal and an assist in the stretch to get her team within one. She first assisted soon-to-be college teammate and McDonogh alum Catie May on her goal with 24:42 remaining and 40 seconds later Renehan took it herself for the score.
"I was nervous, but you know after the assist I just calmed myself down and I realized I can do it and it's OK," Renehan said.
McDonogh's Andie Aldave (Notre Dame) tied the game at 12 with 16:18 left, but the North team went on a 3-0 run to reestablish its cushion.
However, the South team rallied once again with May assisting Eagles teammate Aldave to get them within one.
Aldave then helped Loyola Maryland-bound midfielder Liz Scott on a highlight-reel behind-the-back goal in transition with less than three minutes to go, tying the game at 15 and forcing the first overtime game in the event's history.
Aldave came down with the opening draw to earn possession for her team in the extra session.
The South team then cleared the way for North, who worked her way to the far edge of the 8-meter arc. She then sliced past two defenders to get in front of the cage and backhanded a shot toward the bottom right corner of the net to cement the victory.