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2019 Baltimore-area girls lacrosse players to watch

2019 Baltimore-area girls lacrosse players to watch
McDonogh Eagles' Emma Schettig (6) advances while Glenelg Country School Dragons' Sarah Ayer defends at Dragon Stadium. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Shay Ahearn

Glenelg Country, senior, midfielder

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Rated the No. 2 senior in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, Ahearn finished last season with 40 goals and 14 assists, despite usually facing double teams, and also had 57 draw controls. The returning first-team All-Metro pick will continue her career at Maryland.

Whitney Albert

St. Mary’s, senior, attacker

The return of this Florida signee is a big reason the Saints expect to turn heads in the IAAM A Conference this season. A year ago, she finished with 35 goals and six assists, scoring six goals on five separate occasions, to earn second-team All-Metro honors.

Julia Dorsey

McDonogh, senior, midfielder

The North Carolina commit returns to the field after missing last season while recovering from an ACL tear suffered in soccer. Her leadership and tenacity on defense combined with her ability to score at the offensive end makes her the nation’s No. 15-ranked senior, according to Inside Lacrosse.

Paige Gunning

Archbishop Spalding, senior, goalie

The returning first-team All-Metro goalie, who will continue her career at Vanderbilt, anchored an aggressive defense by allowing just 6.1 goals per game and posting a .569 save percentage. She uses her athleticism to force turnovers outside the crease and makes accurate long clears.

Blair Pearre

McDonogh, senior, midfielder

The Towson-bound midfielder was the Eagles’ most versatile player a year ago, scoring 51 goals, dominating ground balls and contributing to a defense that allowed only two opponents to score in double figures. For her efforts, she was named first-team All-Metro.

Anna Ruby

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Westminster, senior, midfielder

Ruby was the scoring leader for a team that claimed the Class 3A state title, finishing with 59 goals and 13 assists, including a hat trick in the team’s state final victory over Mount Hebron. The second-team All-Metro pick also was a major factor in the circle, winning a team-best 111 draw controls a year ago.

Emma Schettig

McDonogh, senior, midfielder

This tenacious Maryland-bound midfielder has a nose for the ball between the 30s, and is ranked as the No. 6 senior in the country by Inside Lacrosse. She is a member of the training squad for the United States women’s under-19 national team, which will compete for the world championship this summer.

Kate Sites

Glenelg Country, senior, midfielder-attacker

The No. 8 senior in nation, according to Inside Lacrosse, is back after missing all but two games last season with an avulsion fracture in her hamstring. The Maryland commit is an explosive dodger who possesses exceptional quickness and speed and can shoot with either hand.

Kathleen Sullivan

South River, senior, attacker

The defending Anne Arundel County Player of the Year led the Class 4A state champion Seahawks with 55 goals and 22 assists. Sullivan, who will attend Army West Point, also stepped up late in the season to become a major force on draw controls, and forced 12 turnovers.

Sam Thacker

McDonogh, senior, defender

This second-team All-Metro pick is one of the area’s top matchup defenders, averaging three ground balls and two forced turnovers a game last season while leading a unit that allowed an average of less than six goals per game. She is equally comfortable playing both behind and above the crease, and will continue her career at Denver.

Other notables

Olivia Abe, Broadneck

Whitney Albert, St. Mary’s

Sophia Antonopoulos, Maryvale

Brooke Barger, Notre Dame Prep

Eryn Beal, Chesapeake-AA

Abbey Behn, South Carroll

Claire Bockstie, Maryvale

Grace Bruce, Century

Beth Bruck, Patterson Mill

Amber Bustard, Roland Park

Georgia Ceanfaglione, John Carroll

Eloise Clevenger, Marriotts Ridge

Charessa Crosse, Friends

Ellie Curry, Notre Dame Prep

Mae Dickens, Dulaney

Hannah Dintino, Westminster

Sammy Dupcak, Broadneck

Heidi Ellis, Liberty

Riley Evans, South Carroll

Katie Galway, Severn

Jenny Giampalmo, Glenelg

Haley Gochnauer, Gerstell

Nancy Halleron, Notre Dame Prep

Tina Haspert, Century

Victoria Hensh, Marriotts Ridge

Lizzie Heyn, Annapolis

Abbey Hurlbrink, Bryn Mawr

Marissa Lagera, Centennial

Olivia Malamphy, Archbishop Spalding

Lindsey Marshall, Catonsville

Katie McGrain, Bel Air

Carly Merlo, Gerstell

Alex Miller, Severna Park

Ellie Miller, Mount Hebron

Haleigh Moore, Westminster

Emily Nalls, Glenelg

Virginia Oursler, Bryn Mawr

Isabella Peterson, Hereford

Bryce Pfundstein, St. Mary’s

Julie Rose, Loch Raven

Rachel Saunders, Hereford

Shelton Sawers, St. Paul’s

Melia Scott, City College

Kiki Shaw, Roland Park

Kaylan Silva, Garrison Forest

Shannon Smith, Roland Park

Rachel Spilker, Severna Park

Kate Springer, Patterson Mill

Emily Sterling. John Carroll

Rebekah Taylor, Fallston

Katie Thompson, Marriotts Ridge

Grace Wehland, Bel Air

Julia Weiss, South Carroll

Kelsey Winters, South River

Sophi Wrisk, Catonsville

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