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The PressBox Preseason Lacrosse All-Region Teams
Even with the continuing growth and expansion of high school lacrosse programs around the country, the majority of the most talented boys' and girls' teams still reside in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. And the best teams continue to come from the A Conferences of the boys' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and girls' Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM), respectively, along with the Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC).
Seeking to honor that talent, and advise fans of the players to watch, PressBox compiled a list of the region's best players for boys' and girls' lacrosse.
BOYS' FIRST TEAM
A Timmy Kelly (Calvert Hall), Sr.
A Andy Matthews (Gilman), Sr.
A Timmy Monahan (Gonzaga, D.C.), Sr.
A Carter Flaig (St. Paul's), Sr.
M Ryan Conrad (Loyola Blakefield), Sr.
M Timmy Phillips (Episcopal, Va.), Sr.
M Alex McGovern (St. Paul's), Sr.
M Jack Olson (Georgetown Prep), Sr.
FO/M Alex Woodall (St. Mary's), Sr.
LSM/D Jack Halpert (Gilman), Sr.
D Jack Rowlett (Robinson, Va.), Sr.
D Michael Borda (Gonzaga), Sr.
D/LSM John Railey (Georgetown Prep), Jr.
D/LSM Arman Medghalchi (McDonogh), Jr.
G A.J. Barretto (St. Paul's), Sr.
GIRLS' FIRST TEAM
A Brindi Griffin (McDonogh), Jr.
A Emily Cooper (Archbishop Spalding), Sr.
M Miranda Ibello (Maryvale Prep), Sr.
M Charlotte Sofield (Bishop Ireton, Va.), Sr.
M Caroline Steele (Severn), Sr.
M Francesca Whitehurst, (Roland Park), Sr.
M Olivia Jenner (McDonogh), Sr.
M Jen Giles (Mount Hebron), Sr.
D Hayley Norris (Severn), Sr.
D Meghan Doherty (Mount Hebron), Sr.
D Caroline Sdanowich (John Carroll), Sr.
G Megan Taylor (Glenelg), Sr.
To see the boys' and girls' second team selections and share your feedback, check out the full article here.
McDonogh's Megan Whittle, Kent Island's Brady Dove Named To Tewaaraton Watch Lists
Among the players named this week in the first round of additions to the men's and women's watch lists for the Tewaaraton Award are two who starred at top high school programs in the region. Maryland attacker Megan Whittle played at powerhouse McDonogh, while Navy men's sophomore faceoff specialist Brady Dove is a graduate of Kent Island High School in Stevensville, Md.
Whittle is tied for first in goals (28) on a Terps team that is 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. The only freshman on the watch lists -- male or female -- Whittle was the country's top-ranked incoming freshman this season, according to Inside Lacrosse.
Last season, she was the US Lacrosse National Player of the Year and Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. Whittle was also the youngest of the invitees to the U.S. women's national team's tryouts last summer.
During her four years at McDonogh, Whittle helped propel the Eagles to an 80-0 record, six consecutive IAAM A Conference titles, five straight national championships and a national-record 112th consecutive victory.
Whittle joins five other Terp women -- the most of any school -- including her former McDonogh teammate and defending Tewaaraton winner Taylor Cummings.
Dove is currently the No. 1 Division I faceoff specialist in the nation with a .706 take, and has helped lead the Midshipmen to the top of the Patriot League standings with a 4-1 conference record.
He stands among the top 10 all time at Navy in faceoff wins. In 2014, the second-team All-Patriot League selection finished 20th in the nation with a .564 percentage, setting Navy rookie records in wins and attempts.
A three-time All-Bayside Conference honoree at Kent Island, Dove was a high school All-American during his junior and senior campaigns. He helped boost the 16-2 Buccaneers to a Class 3A/2A East title and emerged as a regional power. In 2014, as a senior, he posted 50 goals and 22 assists while dominating more than 75 percent at the faceoff X.
The Tewaaraton Award, lacrosse's version of college football's Heisman Trophy, annually honors the top male and female college lacrosse players in the U.S.
Q&A: St. Mary's All-American Faceoff Specialist Alex Woodall
PressBox recently caught up with St. Mary's faceoff specialist and midfielder Alex Woodall. One of the biggest contributors to the Saints' 11-6 record last season and an appearance in the MIAA A quarterfinals after a 6-9 campaign in 2013, Woodall won about 75 percent of his faceoffs and added 17 points. He earned All-MIAA honors and was named a Baltimore Sun All-Metro second-team selection.
Woodall is listed as the No. 14 overall lacrosse senior by Recruiting Rundown. He'll be part of an impressive incoming freshman recruiting class next year at High Point. Before that, though, Woodall is focused on helping third-year head coach Ben Rubeor and the Saints capture their first MIAA title in 19 years. St. Mary's is 2-2 this season, with a win against then-No. 6 Malvern (Pa.). The team's two and losses came against a pair of North American powerhouses -- No. 7 Landon and Canada's Hill Academy.
PressBox: How does it feel to be ranked among the nation's top high school lacrosse players and to be named first-team All-USA?
Alex Woodall: It feels really good, considering that I was just [underestimated] freshman, sophomore, and junior year by [colleges and media]. But it's cool that, my senior year, I get a lot of credit. I like it. But then again, sometimes, I don't, because I feel like there's a lot of pressure on me -- like losing some faceoffs or making bad plays. [For the most part,] it's awesome. My parents are really proud, too.
PB: What are some of the nuances of your faceoff style and playing style that you feel have brought you success?
AW: Honestly, the most important thing to me is quickness. Because if I can get it out, I know I have the athletic ability to get a fast break. So I try to take 20 minutes out of practice every day to work on my faceoffs.
PB: How have the new faceoff rules impacted you or changed the style you use?
AW: I've played one game with [the new rules], and I think I kind of like them, because there are a lot of faceoff guys that I go against that are quick to the ball. But they can't really do much after the faceoff. I work on that a lot with Coach Rubeor and the offense. [As far as the quickness], I practice that a lot, so when they change up the cadence, I think it's going to help me a lot since I've been practicing that since I was little.
PB: How does St. Mary's look this year?
AW: I think it [has] looked pretty good. I think our starting offense [has] looked pretty good. We have the best defense in the country, and, frankly, I think we will be the best team in the country this year. I think we can definitely win the [MIAA A Conference] championship this year.
PB: Do you recall your numbers from last season?
AW: It was 75 percent [faceoffs] and 17 points.
PB: In what ways do you think your size and strength have helped make you successful, particularly at the faceoff X?
AW: I don't really use my size a lot, because I can get it out quicker, or I try to with most faceoff [opponents]. I don't like to get in there and just [wrestle]. I just like to get it to myself really quick. But, yeah, if I have to, it helps a lot.
For more from Woodall, including his biggest influences in the sport, the recruiting process and more, check out the full interview here.
Key Scores And Upcoming Games
Past Week's Top Boys' Results:
(Week of March 18-March 24)
March 18: Gonzaga 9, Hill Academy 8 OT
March 19: Hill Academy 17, Calvert Hall 4
March 22: McDonogh 13, Gonzaga 11
March 24: Gonzaga 8 vs. Culver Academy (Ind.) 7 OT
March 24: Haverford (Pa.) 14, Loyola Blakefield 9
March 24: Georgetown Prep 7 at Gilman 6
Past Week's Top Girls' Results:
(Week of March 18-March 24)
March 19: Mount de Sales 12, Severn 9
March 20: McDonogh 18, Milton (Ga.) 5
March 21: Bishop Ireton 13, Roland Park 11 OT
March 21: Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) 11 , Notre Dame Prep 9
This Week's Top Boys' Matchups:
(Week of March 25-March 31)
March 25: Culver Academy at St. Mary's
March 26: Culver Academy at McDonogh
March 27: Haverford at Gilman
March 28: McDonogh vs. Episcopal Academy (Pa.)
March 28: St. Paul's vs. Georgetown Prep
March 30: Gilman at Landon
This Week's Top Girls' Matchups:
(Week of March 25-March 31)
March 26: McDonogh at Roland Park
March 28: Notre Dame Prep at Bishop Ireton
March 28: Severn at Marriotts Ridge
March 28: Archbishop Spalding at McDonogh
March 31: Roland Park at Bryn Mawr
Featured College Commitments
Chantilly (Va.) goaltender John Howard -- Mary Washington University
Bishop Ireton defender Susan Morad -- Manhattan College
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