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The 15: Division I Lacrosse Players From MIAA, IAAM

February 16, 2015

The MIAA and IAAM A conferences are notorious for the lacrosse talent they produce. Perennially, the leagues have some of the nation's top-ranked high school teams and college recruits. 

Here are 15 of the best former local high school lacrosse players to watch in 2015, ranked by anticipated contribution to their teams.

1. Taylor Cummings (Midfield, Maryland, Junior, McDonogh)
The Tewaaraton winner, National Midfielder of the Year, NCAA championship MVP, first-team All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference player returns for her junior season on the top-ranked Terps as the team leader in draw controls with 128 and goals with 63. She netted seven hat tricks in 2014, including one against Syracuse, to win the national championship.

Issue 206: Covie Stanwick
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Boston College Athletic Communications

2. Covie Stanwick (Attack, Boston College, Senior, Notre Dame Prep)

A Tewaaraton finalist, All-Northeast Region first-team selection, All-ACC second-team selection and second-team All-American, Covie netted 53 goals last season. She also helped Eagles record their first NCAA tournament win, a 17-9 victory against Bryant. She tallied three points during a quarterfinal loss to Syracuse. 

3. Deemer Class (Midfielder, Duke, Junior, Loyola Blakefield)

Class earned first-team All-America and All-ACC honors in 2014 during Duke's championship run. He started in all 20 games for the Blue Devils, scoring 65 points (38 goals, 27 assists) -- the most by a Duke midfielder during program history. The top-ranked Blue Devils will look to defend their title with a pair of tenacious midfielders in Class and junior Myles Jones. 

Bryant Lacrosse 2014: Gunnar Waldt
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gretchen McMahon Photography

4. Gunnar Waldt (Goalkeeper, Bryant, RS-Junior, St. Paul's)

Waldt is as solid as goalies come. He was a third-team All-American, NEC Defensive Player of the Year and Tewaaraton semifinalist. He led Bryant past Syracuse during the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2014 for the program's best postseason showing. He was the only keeper to place in the top 10 in save percentage (.593), goals allowed average (7.92) and saves per game (11.45).

5. Faye Brust (Attack, Louisville, Senior, John Carroll)

The Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player was named All-Big East first-team, All-West first-team and a third-team All-American in 2014. She netted 71 goals -- tied for most on the team -- and averaged 3.55 goals per game for the third best mark in the country.

6. Annie Thomas (Attack, Loyola, Senior, John Carroll)

Earning Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, All-Patriot League first-team, All-Mid-Atlantic first-team and All-American third-team honors, Thomas enters her final season with the Greyhounds well decorated in accolades. In 2014, she led the Patriot League with 39 assists and was second in points with 79. A consistent contributor, Thomas had a 38-game point streak before it was snapped last season. 

Johns Hopkins Lacrosse 2013: Wells Stanwick (blue jersey)
Photo Credit: Sabina Moran/PressBox

7. Wells Stanwick (Attack, Johns Hopkins, Senior, Boys' Latin)

Named captain for the 2015 season, Stanwick looks to lead the top-ranked Blue Jays' offense. A veteran of the team, he holds a 19-game scoring streak coming into the season. Stanwick earned an All-American Honorable Mention last season while leading Hopkins in points (67) and assists (44). He will team up with his younger brother, Shack, in a motion offense during his final season. 

8. Liza Blue  (Attack, Virginia, RS-Senior, Garrison Forest)

Blue earned All-America third-team and All-South first-team honors in 2014. She led Virginia with 56 goals, and was second on the team with 66 points and 59 draw controls. Coming into the season, she holds a goal streak of 27 games. 

Issue 197: Johns Hopkins Lacrosse 2014: Ryan Brown
Photo Credit: Sabina Moran/PressBox

9. Ryan Brown (Attack, Johns Hopkins, Junior, Calvert Hall)

Tied with 40 goals as Johns Hopkins leading scorer, Brown earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2014. He is one of four sophomores in Hopkins history to score at least 40 goals in a season. He netted eight alone during a 12-10 loss to Syracuse last season.

10. Ryan Tucker (Midfield, Virginia, Senior, Gilman)

The third leading scorer last year for the Cavaliers with 24 goals, Tucker brings firepower to Virginia's midfield. He started all 15 games he played in last season and netted five goals and six points during a win against Rutgers in 2014. 

11. Conor Doyle (Attack, Notre Dame, Senior, Gilman)

Notre Dame's second leading scorer last season with 50 points, Doyle will look to seize the top-ranked Irish's postseason potential with the rounded attack unit of Matt Kavanagh and newcomer Mikey Wynne. 

12. Audrey Todd (Midfield, Harvard, Junior, Roland Park)

Todd enters the 2015 season as the team's captain. She earned All-Ivy first-team and All-Northeast second-team honors in 2014. She led Harvard in draw controls (38), and was second on the team in ground balls (33), goals (29) and points (36). 

13. Liz Bannantine (Defense, Princeton, Junior, McDonogh)

Bannantine earned All-Ivy second-team, All-Ivy Tournament Team and All-Mid-Atlantic second-team honors in 2014. She collected 25 ground balls, caused 24 turnovers and had nine draw controls on the season. 

14. Shack Stanwick (Attack, Johns Hopkins, Freshman, Boys' Latin)

The last of this generation of Stanwicks graduated Boys' Latin in 2014 as the all-time leading scorer with 334 career points. The C. Markland Kelly Award winner and two-time All-American enters Hopkins in his brother Wells' final season. The two connected well in fall ball for a few goals and will anchor one of the deadliest attack units Hopkins has put together during the last few seasons.

15. Mikey Wynne (Attack, Notre Dame, Freshman, St. Paul's)

Wynne scored 72 goals during his senior season at St. Paul's in 2014 to become the school's single-season record holder in that category. He started every fall ball and preseason scrimmage for the Irish since arriving in South Bend, Ind. Against Team USA during the Seatown Classic in October, Wynne led all scorers with three goals. This crafty off-ball attackman should see sizeable time in the Irish's four-man rotation, replacing John Scioscia.

Issue 206: February 2015