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Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game Packed With Local Talent
The rosters have been finalized for the 12th annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Towson University July 1, and several local players are expected to make an impact.
On the boys' side, Landon, which finished the season as the nation's top-ranked team, led all schools with three players on the South roster -- Nate Buller, Justin Shockey and Andrew Fowler. Buller and Shockey have committed to Navy, while Fowler is headed to Cornell.
Alex Trippi of Bullis is also a player to watch. Trippi, who will attend North Carolina, was this year's C. Markland Kelly Award winner and is the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer.
St. Paul's goalie Alex Rode is the only player from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to make the team. He will attend Virginia.
The North is being coached by Eric Law, and Maryland alum Jeremy Sieverts is leading the South.
On the girls' side, national power McDonogh led all schools with three players. Catie May and Andie Aldave will play for the South team, while Margaret Donovan is playing for the North. May is headed to NCAA national champion Maryland, Aldave is going to Notre Dame and Donovan will play for Princeton.
"The selection committee picks the top 44 players, regardless of region," said Dave Gell, director of communications for Corrigan Sports, which runs the event. "Sometimes, the North/South puzzle pieces don't match perfectly, so to speak. So in this instance, the South was stacked with better defenders, so Donovan earned the All-America honor and was slotted on the North team to simply balance out the rosters."
Notre Dame Prep, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland "A" conference runner-up to McDonogh, had two players on the South roster in Grace Haus (Florida) and Keegan Barger (Johns Hopkins).
Good Counsel also landed a pair of players on the South team -- Taylor McDaniels (North Carolina) and Halle Graham (Virginia).
The University of Maryland has reloaded for next season by dominating the local recruiting scene. In addition to May, future Terps from the Baltimore/Washington area playing in the game are Grace Griffin (Liberty), Courtney Renehan (Glenelg), Brooke Robbins (Severn) and Laurie Bracey (Centennial).
Other local players on the South team are Garrison Forest's Samantha Fiedler (Loyola) and St. Mary's Shelby Harrison (Johns Hopkins).
The North team will be coached by former Johns Hopkins alum Mary Key Parme, while Under Armour athlete and U.S. National Team midfielder and three-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings is coaching the South.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Under Armour All-America Coach Taylor Cummings
Taylor Cummings is one of the most decorated players in the history of women's lacrosse, so it's no surprise she now serves as an ambassador for the game. She was an All-American at McDonogh, where she was a member of four IAAM lacrosse championship teams, including undefeated squads in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Cummings then was a standout midfielder at the University of Maryland, where she became the first three-time Tewaaraton Award winner. Cummings was also a four-time IWLCA first-team All-American. She owns her own company, Taylor Cummings Lacrosse, and also has a deal with Under Armour to promote the sport.
How has it been working with Under Armour to grow the game of lacrosse?
Cummings: It's been a really awesome experience. Learning the ins and outs of the business side of the game, as well as the equipment development piece, has been really cool. UA is looking to push the boundaries of the game and continue to innovate, and I'm so proud to be a part of it.
Who have been some of the biggest influences with your coaching/training style?
TC: My club coach, Scott Robinson, and my Maryland coach, Cathy Reese, have both been huge influences in my style of coaching. Both of them were coaches who were more focused on fundamentals before flash, and I think that's something I try to instill in all of the girls I work with. They also instilled hard work, dedication, and a pure enjoyment of the game in me and my teammates. Being able to do the fancy moves is awesome, but you need to have a solid core of fundamentals and the right attitude before being able to push the limits of your game.
What will be your message to the girls as they prepare to play in the game?
TC: This is one of their first opportunities to not only play with their future college teammates, but to play against girls they will be competing against come next spring. I think that can create quite a lot of pressure for them, but I don't want them to feel like that at all. I think my message at the end of the day will be pretty simple -- enjoy the moment and go do your thing.
For more from Cummings, including her favorite memories from playing in the Under Armour All-America Game and her strategy as coach, read the full interview here.
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