TOWSON, Md. — Maryland-bound attack Caroline Steele took home MVP honors at the 10th annual girls Under Armour All-American lacrosse game. The Severn School (Severna Park, Md.) product tallied a goal and four assists in the South’s 14-12 victory against the North on Friday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University.
Her four assists were tied for second in the game’s history, only trailing current Georgetown attack Corinne Etchison, who had five assists in 2012.
Steele’s South team got off to an early 8-1 lead, and she scored once and assisted on two more in that span. By the half, the South had a 10-3 lead and a tight hold on the victory. South players cheerily practiced handshakes in one end zone while the North’s coaches talked privately on the field before addressing their sitting team in the other.
But to open the second half, the North’s Emily Resnick (Thomas Webster; Webster, N.Y.) and Hannah Powers (Skaneateles, N.Y.) racked up six combined goals and assists in less than a 15-minute span. South head coach Chris Robinson (McDonogh School; Owings Mills, Md.) looked stressed for the first time all day, placing his hands on his head as he paced the sideline with his team clinging to a one-goal lead.
But it was Steele, assisting on a goal by Alexis Phillips (Archbishop Spalding; Riva, Md.) with 6:21 left, that gave the South a two-goal cushion and it wouldn’t get any closer than that as the South eeked out a narrow victory that once seemed like a lock.
Other top performers
* Syracuse-bound attack Nicole Levy from East Islip High School in New York led the North with a four-goal, one-assist performance. Both Powers and Resnick posted three-point performances. Powers is heading to Loyola.
* Kelsey Cummings (McDonogh School), the younger sister of two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor, logged back-to-back goals in the first half as she helped the South extend its lengthy first-half lead. She’ll be a freshman at Maryland, while Taylor will look for a third consecutive player of the year award as a senior.
* On a day where the goalie play was relatively subpar, Maryland-bound Megan Taylor from Gleneig (Md.) High School was the lone netminder of the four on both sides to post more saves than goals allowed. She anchored a South defense in the first half that only conceded three times while she posted four saves, giving her side enough defense to set itself up for some second-half breathing room.