Local Players Help U.S. Win Third Straight International Lacrosse Women's World Cup
Led by a group of players with Maryland ties, the United States won its third straight Federation of International Lacrosse Women's World Cup championship in Guildford, England.
Sarah Bullard scored three goals to lead the U.S. past Canada, 10-5, for the championship July 22. Marie McCool and Laura Zimmerman had two goal apiece for the U.S.
Katie Schwarzmann (Century, Maryland) also added a goal, and Taylor Cummings (McDonogh, Maryland) had a pair of assists.
In addition to Schwarzmann and Cummings, other local players on the roster were Allyson Carey (John Carroll, Vanderbilt), Kristen Carr (Mercy, North Carolina), Brooke Griffin (South River, Maryland), Alice Mercer (Century, Maryland) and Kelly Rabil (Hammond, James Madison).
Maryland alums Alexandra Aust and Megan Douty also made the final roster.
The U.S. went unbeaten in pool play, outscoring its opponents, 86-21, and was the top seed for the playoffs. The U.S. is now 60-6-1 in the competition and has eight titles overall.
"It's really indescribable," said Bullard, a Duke alum. "Even after being through this a few times before, it's different with every single group. I'm proud of how my teammates handled it out there today and throughout this whole tournament."
McDonogh Gets Measure Of Revenge Against Calvert Hall
McDonogh beat Calvert Hall, 9-5, in the championship game of the 2017 National High School Lacrosse Showcase earlier this month.
The game was a rematch of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference championship game won by the Cardinals, 12-6.
The National High School Lacrosse Showcase features some of top high school boys' lacrosse programs in the country. The event took place at Oakland Mills and Blandair Park in Columbia, Md., July 7-11. Seventy schools from 16 states and Washington, D.C., competed in the event, including 16 teams that won their respective state or conference championships.
The Eagles topped the Cardinals in the NHSLS Session One Playoff Bracket, which also included local schools Landon and Gonzaga. It's McDonogh's third NHSLS championship.
PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Under Armour All-America Coach Jeremy Sieverts
Jeremy Sieverts' South team fell to the North, 18-16, in the 12th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game at Towson University July 1. Sieverts, who prepped at McDonogh, played for the University of Maryland from 2007-2009, finishing with 40 goals and 25 assists for 65 points and 59 ground balls. He was named to the 2008 All-ACC Academic Team, was a 2008 preseason honorable mention All-American and a member of the 2007 All-ACC Academic Team. Sieverts was drafted by the Chesapeake Bayhawks with the 44th overall pick in the 2010 Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft. He was traded to the Denver Outlaws in 2011, where he became a six-time All-Star, two-time league champion and team captain.
How challenging was it getting the players prepared for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Game on such a short time frame?
Jeremy Sieverts: It was a great experience and opportunity to coach the South Team for the Under Armour All-America Game. Under Armour does a fantastic job with the entire event, and the players do a great job putting on an entertaining show.
How was the level of talent at this year's game?
JS: The level of talent was nothing short of incredible. The skill, intelligence and pace with which these high school players compete at is very impressive.
You're having a stellar season for the Denver Outlaws. You were also one of nine former Maryland players to make this year's Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. How fun was it playing with/against so many Terps?
JS: It's always a special experience to be named to the MLL All-Star game, and to have that many former Terps playing makes it all the more special.
For more from Sieverts, including his reaction to Maryland's national title and how he balanced his pro career and coaching in the game, read the full interview here.