Cole Williams’ final game in a Loyola Blakefield lacrosse uniform was somewhat forgettable. But his high school swan song was much different.
Williams was Most Valuable Player in the 11th annual Under Armour All-America game Saturday evening as the South defeated the North, 23-16, in front of 4,117 at Towson University’s Unitas Stadium.
In the girls’ contest, the North claimed a 13-11 decision. McDonogh School grad Brindi Griffin recorded five points for the South, which featured 12 area standouts.
Manchester Valley’s Lizzie Colson, the consensus Player of the Year in the area and the top player on USA Today’s All-America squad, added a score and two assists. Severna Park’s Eva Klaus and Hannah Warther from Century each tallied while Savannah Buchanan from McDonogh and Broadneck’s Bri Harris finished with an assist.
Colson, Griffin and Warther will be teammates at the University of Maryland next spring. The Terps, who’ve reached the women’s Division I national championship the last four seasons, had a total of seven recruits on display Saturday.
“Being able to play here before we go to Maryland was such a great experience,” said Griffin, a member of the U.S. National under-19 squad who went undefeated (86-0) during her four-year varsity career at McDonogh, the area’s and nation’s No. 1 program the past eight seasons. “We’re pretty close so to play together was great.”
After the South pulled even at 2 on Klaus’ goal off a pass from Buchanan, the North ran off four straight goals, enroute to a 7-4 halftime lead and never trailed. McDonogh goalie Gabbe Cadoux stopped seven shots in the opening half.
Cadoux, who will play for Duke next spring, started alongside Eagle teammates Buchanan (Notre Dame) and Griffin, St. Mary’s Natalie Miller (Maryland), Sami Chenoweth (Towson) from Manchester Valley, Harris (Florida), Warther and Marriotts Ridge’s Lexi Souder (Johns Hopkins).
It took about 14 minutes for Williams to secure his MVP performance in the nightcap. The Johns Hopkins recruit had three goals and assist in the opening quarter, finishing with 4 goals and an assist.
Williams, the second straight Don to win MVP honors (Ryan Conrad in 2015), credited his teammates.
“I think was benefactor a lot of transition, Forry Smith and Kyle Anderson were dumping the ball to me pretty good,” said Williams, who joined Conrad (Virginia), Mikey Wynne (2014; St. Paul’s School/Notre Dame) and Gordie Koerber (2012; Gilman School/Ohio State) as UA All-America game MVP recipients from Baltimore. “It’s a great honor to play with these guys.”
Williams had 46 goals and 30 assists this past spring for Loyola, which suffered a 14-goal loss to eventual champ McDonogh School in the MIAA A Conference semifinals at Johns Hopkins. The 6-foot-5 attack was one of four MIAA A standouts in action in the premier senior lacrosse all-star contest in the country.
Boys’ Latin School’s Logan Wisnauskas scored twice and added a nifty behind-the-back assist to Nicky Petkevich (Bullis), who finished with a behind-the-back flip into the goal. McDonogh’s Jackson Morrill, VSN’s Player of the Year, had a goal and three assists while teammate and VSN’s Defensive Player of the Year Arman Medghalchi recorded four ground balls.
Medghalchi, who’s headed to Princeton, and Williams started Saturday for the South, which was coached by Boys’ Latin coach Brian Farrell. Loyola coach Ben Rubeor guided the North squad.
UA All-America Lacrosse Games
at Towson University
North 13, South 11
Goals: North – Hoeg 3, Hawryschuk 2, Miller 2, Lynch, Bruno, Kinna, Lloyd, Barry, Duffy; South – Griffin (McDonogh) 3, Harthshorn 2, Colson (Manchester Valley), Sliwak, Klaus (Severna Park), Warther (Century), Masinko, Carlson
Assists: North – Hoeg 2, Lynch 2, Bruno, Goldstock, Ohlmiller; South – Colson, Griffin, Buchanan (McDonogh), Cordrey, Harris (Broadneck), Sliwak
Saves: North – Goldstock 4, Krupnick 4; South – Cadoux (McDonogh) 7, Cunningham 3
Halftime: North 7, South 4
Other stats (area players only)
Shots: Griffin 5, Colson 4, Warther 3, Klaus 3, Buchanan 2, Harris 2
Groundballs: Buchanan 3, Griffin 3, Nazarian (Catonsville) 2, Colson, Miller (St. Mary’s), Souder (Marriotts Ridge)
Draw controls: Buchanan 2, Griffin 2, Harris 2, Colson, Chenoweth (Manchester Valley)
South 23, North 16
Goals: North – Walker 3, Smith 3, Teat 2, Perry 2, Loring 2, Tierney, Rooney, Willetts, Cotler; South – Williams (Loyola Blakefield) 4, Anderson 3, Quigley 3, Smith 3, Magno 2, Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin School) 2, Petkevich 2, Morrill (McDonogh School), Stagnitta, Maloney, McEvoy
Assists: North – Teat 5, Walker 2, Kraus, Maloney, Smyth; South – Morrill 3, Stagnitta 2, Anderson, Magno, Maloney, Quigley, Smith, Williams, Wisnauskas
Saves: North – Giacalone 8, Kirson 10; South – Trowbridge 6, DeMarco 11
North 4 7 2 3 – 16
South 7 7 6 3 – 23
Other stats (area players only)
Shots: Williams 8, Morrill 5, Wisnauskas 2
Groundballs: Medghalchi (McDonogh) 4, Wisnauskas 2, Williams
Pictured from left to right: Jackson Morrill (McDonogh), Jack Pezzulla (Boys’ Latin), Cole Williams (Loyola), Logan Wisnauskas (Boys’ Latin) and Arman Medghalchi (McDonogh)
University of Maryland recruits (from left to right) Natalie Miller (St. Mary’s), Nikki Silwak, Hannah Warther (Century), Victoria L’Insalata, Kali Hartshorn, Brindi Griffin (McDonogh) and Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley)