USA TODAY High School Sports is launching a series called “60 for ’16” to highlight 60 members of the Class of 2016 who we will be watching in the coming 12 months. The athletes were selected by the USA TODAY HSS staff.
Name: Sarah Platt
School: Agnes Irwin (Rosemont, Pa.)
Sport: Girls lacrosse
What we’ve seen: Platt was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Lacrosse First Team after intercepting five passes and causing 37 turnovers this season. In her three years at Agnes Irwin, she’s already scooped up 110 ground balls and caused 78 turnovers. She was named the ALL-USA Pennsylvania Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year and was the only junior among the three defenders to make the first team.
This year, she became the first girl from her school to make the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team. She’s one of four rising high school seniors on the 20-person team.
“Sarah has demonstrated incredible mental toughness, hard work and commitment throughout the demanding tryout process,”Agnes Irwin head coach Jenny Duckenfield said. “We look forward to watching Sarah anchor the defense and lead Team USA to a fifth gold medal.”
Platt is training with the national team at Stevenson University in Maryland and will participate in the FIL World Championship in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 23-Aug. 1.
Why we’re watching: Not only will it be intriguing to see how one of the team’s youngest players will fare in the world championships, but she still has one more year to cement herself in Agnes Irwin lore before heading off to Virginia. Agnes Irwin, a perennial national power, finished at No. 10 in the final Super 25 girls lacrosse rankings and won the highly competitive Inter-Ac in suburban Philadelphia.
As for Virginia, the Cavaliers lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Penn State after finishing 4-3 in the daunting Atlantic Coast Conference.
UVA gave up double-digit goals 12 times last season so the arrival of Platt’s eventual arrival should only help. Defenders in girls lacrosse don’t often get appreciated because of the non-contact nature of the game compared to the men’s, but if you do want to focus on a top defensive prospect in the sport, Platt could be the one.