Mary Carol Eisenhut, a junior and lacrosse star at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, was killed Saturday when the car in which she was a passenger was involved in a traffic accident in Jacksonville, Baltimore County. The lifelong Lutherville resident was 16.
Called "MC" by family and friends, Miss Eisenhut began playing lacrosse at Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council when she was 6. After entering Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1997, she made the junior varsity team and as a sophomore made the varsity team.
"She played all sports well but really loved lacrosse," said her father, R. Wayne Eisenhut Sr. of Lutherville.
Five feet 7 inches tall, with light brown hair and a ready smile, Miss Eisenhut "combined excellent speed with good stick-work and a willingness to work hard," said Mary T. Bartel who has coached lacrosse at Notre Dame since 1981.
"She was the kind of kid that did anything you asked of her and then some. She was a very talented player," the coach said.
Ms. Bartel said Miss Eisenhut was the type of player "who wasn't afraid and knew when I put her in that I had a lot of confidence in her abilities."
Miss Eisenhut primarily played attack, but could handle other positions with equal competence. She was described by her coach as "a natural athlete who was tenacious and determined to get the job done."
"She laughed hard and genuinely cared about people," Ms. Bartel said. "Her death has really rocked our world."
"She had more life than anyone I'd ever known. She was so spirited with a vivacious and outgoing personality," said Hollis B. Pica, 17, a junior at Notre Dame and a close friend.
She and Miss Eisenhut drove to school together, played lacrosse, double-dated and spent nights at each other's homes.
"She was very smart and the kind of person who was interested in so many different things," Miss Pica said. "She was a great person to have on a team. She was a strong and fearless player."
"Her death is a huge nightmare," Miss Pica said. "It's just unbelievable."
Because of athletics, Miss Eisenhut had a wide circle of friends at other schools. Groups of students visited Notre Dame's chapel and Ruck Towson Funeral Home to pay their respects, Sister Christine Mulcahy, S.S.N.D., headmistress of Notre Dame, said yesterday.
"Boys and girls have been streaming through the halls and flowers have been arriving from other schools. She had developed so many friendships throughout the area," Sister Mulcahy said. "She was such a friendly, special and outgoing person. We all mourn her loss."
Miss Eisenhut was educated in Baltimore County public schools before she entered Notre Dame Preparatory School.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Cockeysville.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her mother, Mary Kim Coaplin of Jessup; a brother, Robert W. Eisenhut Jr. of Towson; her paternal grandmother, Carolyn F. Eisenhut of Ruxton; her maternal grandfather, Albert Barthelme of Chaptico; and several uncles and aunts.