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: Kerrigan Miller
School: Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.)
Sport: Girls lacrosse
What we’ve seen: Miller was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Lacrosse First Team and was one of four juniors on the 12-girl team. She tallied 73 points during her junior season, and recorded 10 games in which she scored three goals or more. She led her team to a 14-4 record on the year. Per her Hudl page, Miller stands at 5-foot-5 and runs a sub-5-second 40-yard dash.
Miller is also one of four rising high school seniors of the 20 on the roster of the U.S. Under-19 team. Miller’s role model, she tells U.S. Lacrosse, is her future head coach at Southern California and one of the best women’s lacrosse players of all time.
“Lindsey Munday is a sick player,” Miller said. “She’s fearless on the crease, she has the craziest stick skills I’ve ever seen, and she just has fun with it. Everything is so fluid, she makes it look easy and it’s so natural for her. And she’s an awesome coach. So that’s why she’s one of my role models.”
Why we’re watching: Miller and Team USA will take to Scotland for the FIL World Championship July 23-Aug. 1 as they look to garner a fifth consecutive gold medal. Outside the national team, though, Miller’s role in the growth of lacrosse out west is key to the game’s expansion. One of the country’s best young players is going across the entire country to play in college for a team that was created in 2012.
This past season, the Trojans had their best run yet, going 14-6 before losing to Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament. With one of the Class of 2016’s best trailblazing a path for the expansion of the game, don’t be surprised to see more women’s players heading that way.