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They have all worked for three years of high school for this moment and it’s all coming true for four local girls lacrosse players.
They were selected to the US Lacrosse Academic All-American team based on accolades from their junior year.
Selected to the team were St. Mary’s Ryken attack Amanda Carroll and midfielder Julia Rowse. Northern High School midfielder/defender Carly Cummings and attack Tara Truitt were also selected.
Carroll, who will be attending Virginia Tech College of Engineering in the fall and is a member of the National Honor Society, also plays field hockey and was selected as 2012 all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference honorable mention and currently carries a 4.2 GPA.
Carroll said she wanted to attend a college that felt like home, and she feels good to have a plan set in place.
“My parents are both alumni and when I was there, I felt like I could just see myself walking around campus,” Carroll said. “I wanted to be at a college that had pride in themselves. I knew it was the college for me.”
Carroll said she has worked hard to earn the Academic All-American honor.
“I was proud and excited when I was told,” Carroll said. “I was happy for myself, but also for my friend Julia [Rowse]. I’m happy to share this success with her.”
Carroll is ready for the upcoming season and said her team has a lot of potential this year.
“We lost some seniors, but we’re continuing to build our team,” Carroll said. “Our biggest competition is Bishop O’Connell (Va.). It’s going to be a tough game, but good.”
Rowse signed to play lacrosse at Duquesne University (Pa.). Rowse was selected as a All-WCAC second-team selection last year for lacrosse as well as All-County for St. Mary’s County.
Cummings, a member of the National Honor Society and President of the Academy of Finance, also plays field hockey and earned All-SMAC selections in 2011 and 2012. She was also an All-SMAC selection last year for lacrosse.
Cummings said her college choice is still undecided but she’s leaning toward Manhattan College (N.Y.).
Cummings maintains a 3.6 GPA currently and plans to major in business.
“One of my friend’s dads told me that I was selected [to the All-American team] and then my coach told me.”
Cummings is ready for the scrimmages and said tryouts went well for the Patriots, who will be led in goal by Maggi Buckley, a first-team All-SMAC selection who will be playing in a tournament for the U.S. national team in New York.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how other teams are playing,” Cummings said. “Our tryouts went good. I think we’re stronger than we were last year. We always look forward to playing our rivals, Huntingtown and Patuxent.”
Truitt will attend Towson University in the fall and received the Optimist Club Outstanding Youth and Scholar Athlete award.
The 2013 season got underway with tryouts on March 1 and this weekend the four lacrosse players will join their respective teams and participate in a play day scrimmage at Southern High School in Anne Arundel County.
Southern high school head girls lacrosse coach Arvak Marshall said he invited teams that he thought were comparable in competition with his for this weekend’s scrimmage.
The first game will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the last game scheduled for 5:30.
“We invited six teams,” Marshall said. “Two years ago, we went to Calvert. This year we wanted to host again. After looking at the schedules, these scrimmages should show teams what they need to work on.”