High School sports

2018 girls lacrosse players to watch

Glenelg Country midfielder Shay Ahearn looks for an open teammate as McDonogh attacker Megan Mix defends during an IAAM A Conference semifinal last season.

Shay Ahearn

Glenelg Country, junior, midfielder


Rated the No. 1 junior in the country by Inside Lacrosse, Ahearn contributes everywhere on the field. She led the Dragons last season with 96 draw controls, had 29 goals and 17 assists and often guarded the opposition’s top attacker. An All-Metro second-team pick last season, she has committed to Maryland.

Amber Bustard


Roland Park, junior, goalie

Last season’s All-Metro goalie, Bustard showed exceptional reflexes, at times saving quick consecutive shots from opposite sides of the goal. She posted a .510 save percentage playing every minute. The Loyola Maryland commit had two 18-save performances.

Anna Callahan

Glenelg, senior, midfielder

A consistent, prolific scoring threat for the two-time Class 3A-2A state champions, Callahan had 56 goals and 14 assists. A first team All-Metro selection headed to Duke, she had three goals and two assists in a 9-7 win over Notre Dame Prep.

Shay Clevenger

Marriotts Ridge, senior, defender

A first-team All-Metro selection headed to Louisville, Clevenger excelled at one-on-one defense and was tough to beat on the crease. She led a unit that allowed just 7.4 goals per game and held seven of 17 opponents to five or fewer goals.


Elizabeth Hillman

Bel Air, senior, midfielder

The North Carolina-bound Hillman, rated by Inside Lacrosse as the nation’s No. 1 senior recruit, helped the Bobcats to their first state championship. A second-team All-Metro pick, she had 64 draw controls, 22 goals and 15 assists, including four goals in the title victory over Severna Park.

Julia Hoffman

McDonogh, senior, attacker

Coming back from an ACL tear, Hoffman is ready to step back into a lead role on an offense she led last season with 55 goals and 76 assists despite frequent face guards. An All-Metro first-team selection, she has signed with Maryland.


Maddie Jenner

McDonogh, senior, midfielder

Last season’s All-Metro Player of the Year dominates the draw like no other high school girl, and that played a critical role in extending the Eagles’ 177-game win streak. She won 165 draws last season, 7.5 per game. Jenner, bound for Duke, has elevated her game on both ends of the field, finishing second on the team wth 40 goals.

Hannah Mardiney

Notre Dame Prep, senior, attacker

An exceptionally quick player, Mardiney is dangerous with or without the ball. She drew almost constant face guards but still scored eight goals against Bryn Mawr and finished with 46 goals and 14 assists. An All-Metro second-team selection, Mardiney is headed to Florida.


Caitlynn Mossman

Notre Dame Prep, senior, attacker

A key feeder from behind the goal, Mossman had 46 assists last season but was equally threatening as a finisher with 46 goals, often beating the opposition’s best defender. The All-Metro first-team selection headed to Boston College had four goals and an assist in the A Conference title game loss to McDonogh.

Taylor Suplee

Southern, senior, goalie

Suplee, who has signed with Penn State, posted a .620 save percentage a year ago and stopped 65 percent of the free-position shots she faced. She made 160 saves, including 18 in a win over Broadneck, and had 30 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.


Other notables

Allyne Abney, Fallston

Rachel Anderson, McDonogh

Sophia Antonopoulos, Maryvale

Clare Boone, St. Paul’s

Grace Bruce, Century


Julia Cooper, McDonogh

Sarah Cooper, Notre Dame Prep

Erin Demek, Mount Hebron

Brenna Duley, North Harford

Malaina Dunn, Mount de Sales

Sydney Frank, C. Milton Wright


Carli Freeman, Friends

Riley Hartman, Towson

Christina Haspert, Century

Julia Henry, Bel Air

Hannah Glaros, Glenelg Country

Destiny Johnson, Western


Sydney Kirchenheiter, Severn

Kaitlyn Kozlowski, Mercy

Kennedy Lynch, Garrison Forest

Molly Lynch, John Carroll

Madi Macera, Westminster

Olivia Malamphy, Archbishop Spalding


Alex Marino, Bryn Mawr

Caitlin McGuirk, South River

Maddie McSally, Glenelg

Alex Miller, Severna Park

Casey O’Grady, Dulaney

Alexis Patterson, Lansdowne


Isabella Peterson, Herford

Claudia Pilcher, Centennial

Bryce Pfundstein, St. Mary’s

Hannah Rothe, McDonogh

Olivia Rubin, Bryn Mawr

Melia Scott, City


Hayleigh Simpson, Marriotts Ridge

Shannon Smith, Roland Park

Moriah Snyder, C. Milton Wright

Rachel Spilker, Severna Park

Tayler Warehime, Manchester Valley

Darby Welsh, St. Paul’s


Jillian Wilson, Gerstell