Five Marylanders make the boys game and 12 are named to the girls contest; action takes place June 29th at Homewood Field
by Gary Adornato
The final wave of names have been released and the rosters for both the boys and girls 2019 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse games have been finalized.
The continued explosion of growth the game of lacrosse is experiencing across the nation has coincided with an increase in the talent level of players outside the traditional lacrosse hotbeds of Maryland and Long Island, New York. Thus, those areas no longer dominate the rosters of the Under Armour games, now in their 14th year.
Yet, this is year’s 22-man Boys South squad still has a local flavor with three Baltimore area stars, including two from three-time reigning MIAA A Conference champion Calvert Hall, and a total of five from the state of Maryland.
Those players include BJ Burlace, a 6-foot-1 defenseman for MIAA runner-up St. Mary’s, who will play at Yale University next year. Calvert Hall is represented by midfielders Grant Mitchell (6-foot-1), who is heading to Ohio State, and University of Maryland bound Jack Sawyer (5-foot-10).
The other two players from Maryland both come from Bullis School in Potomac — Robert Schain, a 5-f00t-10 attackman headed to the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryson Shaw, 6-f00t-2 middie headed to Ohio State for football.
Virginia also placed five players on the South roster, while Florida and Pennsylvania had two each. Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas each had one player selected and two players were named from Canada.
The North squad, which contains 23 players, is dominated by New York players with 10 making the roster. Connecticut received four selections and New Jersey three. One each came from Indiana, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota and Oregon.
On the girls side it is a different story, where the majority of talent is still focused in the Northeast. Ten players from Maryland high schools were named to the 23-player South roster, which includes a total 12 Maryland residents.
The majority of those players are from the IAAM A Conference, including Julia Dorsey (5-foot-7 middie, North Carolina), Blair Pearre (5-foot-4 middie, Towson) and Emma Schettig (5-foot-5, Maryland) from McDonogh, the league’s perennial power.
Both Glenelg Country, with Shaylan Ahearn (5-foot-8 middie, Maryland) and Kate Sites (5-f00t-3 middie, Maryland), and Roland Park Country School, with Amber Bustard (5-foot-6 goalie, Loyola) and Kiki Shaw (5-foot-7 middie, Virginia), placed a pair of players on the roster. Also being named from the nation’s top girls lacrosse league was Sheltown Sawers (5-foot-8 middie, Florida) from St. Paul’s Scool for Girls.
Also making the squad from Howard County were Victoria Hensh (5-foot-5 attack, Maryland) of Marriotts Ridge and Emily Nalls (5-foot-7, defender, North Carolina) from Glenelg. In addition Briana Lantuh (5-foot-7 middie, North Carolina), a resident of Bethesda who plays at Bishop Ireton School in Northern, Virginia and Hannah Leubecker (5-foot-5 attack, Maryland), a Fallston resident who was home schooled, were named to the team.
The balance of the South roster includes three players from New Jersey, two from New York and one from Pennsylvania, all of which could have been on the North roster, but were shifted South to insure the inclusion of the nation’s most elite players. Also on the South team are two players from Texas and one each from Florida, Georgia and Virginia.
New York had six girls named to the North Roster, giving it nine total. Also on the North roster are five players from Massachusetts, four from Pennsylvania, three from New Jersey, two from Connecticut and one each from Rhode Island and Canada.
The 2019 Under Armour All-American Classic will take place June 29th at Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood Field, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the girls game, followed at 8:00 p.m. with the boys game.
Here are the complete North and South rosters for both the boys and girls contests.2019 UA Boys AA Rosters
2019 UA Girls Roster