Maryland recruit Caroline Wannen sets career goal record at Blake

April 12, 2013

Blake senior Caroline Wannen signed to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland in November. (Photo courtesy Blake Athletics)

When Blake senior Caroline Wannen found the net off a free position midway through the first half of Wednesday’s girls’ lacrosse game at Blair, Coach Janis Maloney asked for a timeout.

Playing on the Blazers’ home field, the coach didn’t want to attract too much extra attention, but she felt it important to give the Bengals the chance to congratulate Wannen on the goal that put the midfielder alone atop the school’s career list.

Wannen, a U.S. Lacrosse all-American who has signed to play at Maryland, scored six times and added five assists in the 19-11 victory and now has 235 career goals, passing the previous mark of 230 set by 2010 graduate Ashley Martin.

With at least eight games left in her senior season, Wannen also holds the team record for career draw controls (150). Last spring, she set high marks for goals (85) and assists (71) in a season at the Silver Spring school.

“It’s a pretty big deal to me,” Wannen said of her latest personal accomplishment. “I wasn’t quite aware of the number. I kind of lost track of it along the way, but it was exciting. I’ve worked so hard that it feels good to have it pay off in a way.”

Maloney presented Wannen with a game ball afterward that joins a collection in her bedroom that includes the balls used to score her 100th goal as a sophomore and 200th goal last year.

Blake (4-1) hasn’t lost yet this season with Wannen in the lineup. The Bengals took their lone defeat so far at Churchill, 15-5, on March 23 with her and four other senior starters headed for Costa Rica on a spring break trip.

Wannen has 27 goals and eight assists in four games for Blake, which returned eight starters off the squad that fell to Churchill in the Maryland 4A/3A West semifinals last season. She said she and her teammates have set the goal of at least reaching the region final this time around.

“Caroline has grown tremendously in terms of her leadership of the team,” Maloney said. “She works extremely hard to get her teammates involved and help them to keep improving. Her being on the team has really made everybody better.”

Wannen’s list of accomplishments at Blake are not limited to lacrosse. She was a field hockey All-Met in the fall after leading the Bengals to the 4A state tournament and led the basketball team in scoring as a junior before opting not to play this winter.

But Wannen made the decision early in high school to focus on lacrosse at the next level, following in the footsteps of her older sisters, Molly and Nicky.

To get to No. 1 on the school’s career scoring list, she first had to claim the top spot in her family.

Molly, the oldest sister, graduated in 2007 and ranks sixth in school history with 118 goals, while Nicky finished her career two years later in fifth place with 136.

Molly continued her career at William & Mary, while Nicky is currently a senior at Wake Forest who plays on the club lacrosse team.

“They’re proud of me,” Wannen said. “They did great things at Blake, too. They’re just happy for me. It’s nice to have their support.”

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Preston Williams · April 12, 2013

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