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Damascus’s girls lacrosse team will be flooding the college ranks next season with six players officially signing this week.

Cassidy Shollenberger (George Washington University), Colby Muller (Old Dominion University), Holly Lawrence (St. Francis University), Daniella Pino (American University), Morgan Parker (Mercyhurst College) and Avery Wilkinson (Shippensburg University) make up the six-member class. Shollenberger led the Swarmin’ Hornets last year with 40 goals and 15 assists.

Tori Finucane, University of Missouri: The former Our Lady of Good Counsel right-handed softball pitcher made her verbal commitment as a freshman after receiving offers from such other high-profile programs as the University of Maryland, Oklahoma State and Michigan.

Finucane pitched 157 shutout innings for Bishop O’Connell (Va) in 2012 en route to a school-record 322 strikeouts and 0.09 earned-run average.

She was named Virginia’s ESPN Gatorate Player of the Year in 2012 and received ESPN High School First Team All-American honors among a long list of accolades.

Hope Gouterman, University of Maryland: Sherwood High School four-year starting midfielder tallied 16 goals and 32 assists in leading the Warriors to their first-ever state tournament appearance.

Sherwood ultimately fell, 4-3 in penalty kicks, to four-time defending state champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the state semifinals.

Nick Griffin, George Washington University: Col. Zadok Magruder guard Nick Griffin’s decision to play basketball for George Washington University was decided long ago in August, when he gave his verbal commitment, but it wasn’t until Nov. 14, when he signed a letter of intent, that it became official.

Griffin, who garnered 10 different offers, boiled his short list down to Drexel and William & Mary before opting to become a Colonial. The 6-foot-2 guard helped lead Magruder to its second state title last season, averaging 17 points per game in the Colonel’s 26-1 campaign.

Alex Hahn, University of Richmond: The Thomas S. Wootton High School boys tennis team’s former No. 1 singles player won the state boys doubles title as a freshman.

He is currently ranked No. 129 of 2,209 players nationally in the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 18s.

Matt Hoy, Towson University: A standout lacrosse goalkeeper at Thomas S. Wootton and also a fantastic soccer forward, Hoy plans on being roommates with Matt Leonard once the pair arrives at Towson.

Matt Leonard, Towson University: Leonard scored 51 goals and assisted 20 more for Winston Churchill’s lacrosse team last season and again has the club primed for big things in his senior campaign.

Megan McDonough, Rider University: The starting first baseman for Sherwood High School’s 2011 Class 4A state champion softball team batted .508 last spring with 20 runs batted in and 23 runs scored.

Ishmail Wainright, Baylor University: Last week, Ishmail Wainright joined a long list of Montrose Christian basketball players headed to compete at the Division I level. Wainright, a 6-foot-6, 220 pound small forward, signed his letter of intent to play for Baylor University 27 days after giving the Bears a verbal commitment.

He chose Baylor over Ohio State, St. John’s, and Texas.

"Ish is truly special," Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter said in a statement. "He can play every position on the floor and is our most highly recruited player since Kevin Durant. Just like Kevin, Ish only cares about one statistic — winning — and sacrifices individual accolades and statistics to benefit his team. He plays like an All-American should. He makes everyone around him better."

Caroline Wannen, University of Maryland: Blake High School's Caroline Wannen signed Nov. 16 with the University of Maryland for lacrosse. Last season, she set program records with 85 goals and 71 draw controls in a season. She also had 23 assists and 29 ground balls and made the All-Gazette first team.Other recent signings include: Kelsey Lineberger (Sherwood, Concord University for softball), Rachel Liguori (Damascus, East Stoudsburg University for softball) and Shelby Foreman (Damascus, Shippensburg University for softball).