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Local Players Revel in All-Star Experience

By Matthew Stanmyre
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, June 17, 2007

BALTIMORE, June 16 -- One after another, the shots whizzed at him, past him and all around him. The bodies in front moved in blurs, quicker than he ever imagined possible. Mark White had never seen anything like it.

"Obviously, I've never been a part of something this big, with this much talent," said White, a goalkeeper from St. Stephen's/St. Agnes.

"They were letting it go. It was impressive."

White was one of six local boys who competed for the South team at the All-America Lacrosse Classic at Loyola College on Saturday; the South fell to the North team, 20-10, but it mattered little.

"This was just a great opportunity," White said. "It was an unbelievable experience."

Besides White, Severn's Nick Elsmo, Landon's Connor Reilly and Georgetown Prep's Kevin Ridgway, Ryan Shuler and Bray Malphrus played for the South team. Shuler, the All-Met Player of the Year, scored two goals. White started and made five saves in a half of action.

"We didn't play so well, but it was still fun to be on the field with all of those great players," Shuler said.

In the girls' game, the South team -- bolstered by eight local players -- won 14-11. Corey Donohoe of North Harford scored five goals to claim Most Valuable Player honors. Mount Hebron's Jacqueline Giles had a goal and an assist, and teammate Jackie Doherty scored a goal.

Also in the girls' game were Centennial's Corcoran Downey, Mount Hebron's Bria Eulitt and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes's Katherine Denkler, Liz Downs, Mia Hurrin and Lauren Thomas. They were coached by Brooke Kuhl-McClelland of Mount Hebron.

"It was so much fun," Giles said. "It was cool playing with all these excellent players that you hear so much about."

Athletes from 13 states and Ontario competed; all 90 players have committed to major Division I programs. The week provided the players an early opportunity to get acquainted with future teammates and conference rivals.

"We're all going to be seeing each other a lot in the future," said White, who will play for Maryland next year.

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