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: Brindi Griffin
School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Sport: Girls Lacrosse
What we’ve seen: Griffin was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team and made the U.S. Women’s National U-19 Team that will compete in Scotland at this summer’s U19 world championships after leading McDonogh to its seventh consecutive IAAM A Conference title. McDonogh finished No. 1 in the Super 25 Girls Lacrosse rankings provided by 3d Rising.
McDonogh has won 133 consecutive games, with a winning streak that dates back to April 13, 2009. Griffin was instrumental in keeping that streak alive, especially when Duke-bound senior Olivia Jenner went down with an injury in April.
An all-around athlete, Griffin also has led McDonogh to a field hockey Conference A title.
Why we’re watching: Griffin is headed to Maryland after her senior season to join an established dynasty much like the one she already plays on. The Terrapins have won the last two national titles and midfielder Taylor Cummings has won the last two Tewaaraton Awards given to the nation’s top player. Cummings is even up for an ESPY for Best Female College Athlete.
But when Cummings – who also came out of McDonogh – departs, Griffin will be there to possibly fill the offensive void. Maryland has eight girls in its Class of 2016 crop, but Griffin is the only one who is listed as able to play attack. That could be key for a team that will be losing one of the best offensive women’s lacrosse players of all time.
Before she makes the short trip to College Park, she will aim to help the U.S. team win its fifth consecutive gold medal in the U19 worlds and keep the streak alive at McDonogh.