A new college lacrosse season is about to begin, and area fans have their share of former Carroll standout players to follow as winter winds down and spring arrives.
Let's take a look at the top Division I teams from around Maryland, and the nation, that have Carroll County representation.
Johns Hopkins has senior attack Ryan Brown (Sykesville/Calvert Hall) back for his final season with the Blue Jays.
Towson features sophomore midfielder Jesse Uhlman (Westminster), senior midfielder Ben McCarty (South Carroll), junior attack Ryan Drenner (Westminster), and freshman defender Chad Patterson (Westminster).
Johns Hopkins features senior midfielder Kristen Cannon (Manchester Valley) and junior defender Maddie Bodden (Winters Mill).
Loyola has a pair of Carroll freshmen on its roster in Century grad Kristen Yanchoris, a defender, and Westminster grad Tori McDonald, a midfielder.
Maryland, picked by multiple media outlets to win another national championship, has five Carroll players on its roster. Senior defender Alice Mercer leads the way, and she's joined by sophomore midfielder Julie LeGar (Eldersburg/Garrison Forest), freshman midfielder Marissa Donoghue (Century), freshman defender Shelby Mercer (Century), and redshirt freshman Steff Holmes (Marriottsville/McDonogh).
Mount St. Mary's features a set of sisters in junior defender Alex Carhart (Manchester Valley) and freshman attacker Taylor Carhart, along with freshman defender Laurel George, another Mavs alum.
The Mount has another Carroll connection in coach Lauren Schwarzmann, a century grad who played college ball at Johns Hopkins. Katie Schwarzmann, Lauren's sister, is an assistant coach for MSM, and a former standout at Century and Maryland. She won a pair of Tewaaraton Awards with the Terps.