Woodbridge's Da'Shawn Hand remains atop recruiting list
Da'Shawn Hand, the two-time All-Met defensive end at Woodbridge remained No. 1 in the new Rivals.com recruit rankings for the Class of 2014, and two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference players made major jumps in the updated list released Monday.
The recruiting site has upgraded McNamara All-Met offensive lineman Damian Prince to a five-star recruit, one of four players nationally elevated to that distinction from the previous list. Prince moved to No. 10 from No. 31.
"With Prince, we knew he had the talent but it was the dedication we were looking for," Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell said in a story accompanying the new rankings. "When we first saw him, he was around 330 pounds and just wasn't an elite athlete. Now that he's dropped the weight [to 292], and it wasn't really bad weight but it just slowed him down a bit, his footwork and athleticism are in that elite range."
"Over the past few months, [Aniebonam] has shown a lot of progress," Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic analyst Adam Friedman said in the same story." He has put on more muscle while staying quick and explosive. The versatility of the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end makes him incredibly valuable. A player of that size with that much quickness can do so many things on the football field and is a very highly valued commodity."
The commonwealth of Virginia has three of the top seven prospects on the list: Bayside defensive back Quin Blanding, a Virginia commit, is No. 4, and Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown is No. 7.
Goalie Sam Beazell of St. Stephen's/St. Agnes scores 80-yard goal
Among the area's top netminders, Beazell will head to Loyola in the fall with a high school highlight reel that just got a whole lot more spectacular.
Late in the first half of Friday's Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament semifinal against Woodberry Forest, Beazell scooped a save and quickly whipped a left-handed heave all the way to the opposite net before the opposing goalie could get back into position.
Riding some serious momentum, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes will be back in action on Monday evening at No. 4 Landon, looking for its first Interstate Athletic Conference title.
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed finishes career with 475 goals, another VISAA title
For St. Stephen's/St. Agnes senior Carly Reed, the tears began during pregame warm-ups Saturday, and those emotions carried over into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I tournament final against Collegiate.
In her final high school game, Reed showed her nerves by firing wide on her first two shot attempts, but the North Carolina-bound attacker eventually found her familiar form in the top-ranked Saints' 19-6 victory in Richmond, posting five goals and three assists.
After finishing her senior season with 131 goals and 33 assists, she ends her decorated high school career with 475 goals, believed to be a four-year national high school record. The 2012 All-Met Player of the Year helped the Alexandria private school to four straight Independent School League AA and VISAA Division I tournament titles.
"Going into my high school career, I was not expecting any of this," Reed said. "It's all great and amazes me sometimes that I'm the person that did this. Looking back on it now, it was so much fun."
After holding off a late rally from No. 2 Georgetown Visitation in Wednesday's league final, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (29-1) closed the season in Richmond with a pair of convincing performances. The Saints didn't allow a goal until the second half in an 18-3 win over Flint Hill on Friday, and they jumped out to a 6-0 lead in Saturday's final.
Senior Besser Dyson recorded eight assists in both games, adding five goals in Saturday's win. The Virginia recruit ended the season with 52 goals and a school-record 149 assists, her 201 total points breaking the school record of 194 that Reed set in 2011.
Senior Margaret Tucker Fogarty, headed to James Madison, combined for seven goals in two games, setting a career high with 91 goals this season.
"They've been really focused the end of the season," said Coach Kathy Jenkins, whose team has won the tournament seven straight seasons. "The seniors, especially, went down there and wanted to win. They didn't want to be remembered as the class that lost [in the state tournament]. They played really, really well both games."
Reed became the all-time leading goal scorer at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes as a sophomore, and she kept up that blistering pace over the past two seasons. She scored at least 85 goals in each high school season, exceeding the 100-goal mark each of the past three years.
"I don't think anyone will break that record," said Jenkins, who co-founded the team at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes in 1976. "That's a lot of goals."
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHSA) record book lists Shari Masun of Clarkstown (N.Y) as the all-time leader with 443 goals, a mark that Reed passed in a May 7 victory over Flint Hill.
However, that list does not appear totally comprehensive. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) record book also includes West Babylon's Shannon Smith (505) and Carthage's Kate Ferris (470) at the top.
Smith, a former Tewaaraton Trophy winner at Northwestern, played six years of varsity lacrosse after joining her team in seventh grade and recorded 428 in her last four years of high school.
Ferris, now a junior at Massachusetts, reached 470 in four years, but Reed passed her total with her first goal on Saturday.
To get Reed's career mark certified and into the NFHS record book, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes will have to submit it for approval through the Virginia High School League, according to an NFHS spokesperson.
"It's a little weird to think it's over, but it's a really great way to end my career," Reed said. "To me, [the 475 goals are] all about the hard work I put into it the past four years."
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes take boys' title
In Ashland, junior John Aversa scored with 38 seconds left to lift the seventh-ranked St. Stephen's/St. Agnes boys' team to a 6-5 win over No. 2 Paul VI in Saturday's VISAA Division I final. The Saints never trailed in the second half but needed Aversa's late tally to take their second straight title and third in four years.
Junior Andrew Wiseman scored twice for St. Stephen's/St. Agnes and Aversa added two assists to go along with his game-winning goal. The Panthers had two shots at the tying goal in the final 30 seconds but could not convert.
The Saints (17-6) will try for their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament title on Monday, traveling to No. 4 Landon at 4:30 p.m. The team has won five straight games since closing the regular season with a loss to Bullis.
"I think the boys were frustrated with how they were playing -- a little bit up and down," Coach Andy Taibl said. "They've found another level of confidence, and they believe in each other a little bit more, and it's helped us put this run together."
Though he was hospitalized after a bout with pneumonia earlier in the week, sophomore Ryan O'Connor, a North Carolina commit, paced Paul VI (20-4) with three goals. Seniors Connor Murphy (Rutgers) and Chris Camarca (Lynchburg) both had a goal and an assist.
The Foxcroft girls' team fell to Covenant School, 13-11, in the VISAA Division 2 final on Saturday. In their first state final appearance, the Foxes held a two-goal lead midway through the second half before surrendering the game's final four goals.
Broad Run alum Holly King among six local products on Washington Spirit
Even in the midst of a successful college career on the University of Florida women's soccer team, Holly King wasn't exactly sure what the future held for her.
Unlike the Gator basketball and football players, the most viable option for King to play professionally rested overseas. She also possessed a strong desire to enter teaching with her elementary education degree.
King's plans somewhat changed with the formation of the National Women's Soccer League in 2012 during her senior year. But with play set for this April and her graduation date not until May, the talented midfielder figured January's inaugural draft would come and go without her.
Then the Washington Spirit came calling.
"I was pretty surprised," said King, who was selected with the second pick of the third round (19th overall). "Knowing the league was new and that a lot of girls had left school early to have an open schedule, I thought the draft wasn't an option for me because I still wasn't done with school."
But the Spirit saw a strong player who had earned the 2009 Spring All-Met Player of the Year award at Broad Run as well as SEC Defensive Player of the Year and third-team all-America honors this past fall at Florida. In turn, King worked with her teachers and advisors to finish her final semester sooner.
The effort made for a whirlwind few months. After missing a good chunk of the preseason, King was officially signed by the Spirit on April 26, just in time for the team's third game. Then, while the Spirit took on Portland, King traveled back to Gainesville on May 4 for her graduation, where she was one of just six students to receive the Outstanding Leadership Award. The 22-year-old's first in-game action came last Thursday, when the Spirit (1-3-3) earned their first victory against Seattle.
"It's been pretty crazy, but I was fortunate that the league came up when I was finishing school," King said. "If I hadn't been drafted, I would have finished school and maybe after I graduated, I would have talked to some coaches about opportunities in the league if spots came up open because of injuries. But it worked out, and although I missed a lot of the preseason, it's been a great experience and a lot of fun."
Aiding her transition was the presence of several players from her club and high school soccer days. Along with King, five other Washington Spirit players have D.C. area roots in Ali Krieger (the 2003 All-Met Player of the Year at Forest Park), Tiffany McCarty (the 2007 All-Met Player of the Year at St. John's), Caroline Miller (2007 first-team All-Met at Walter Johnson), Julia Roberts (2007 first-team All-Met at Urbana) and Kika Toulouse (2006 second-team All-Met at O'Connell)
"I knew Julia and Caroline well from playing travel ball and ODP when we were growing up," said King, who commutes from her parents' home in Ashburn to the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. "With everything going on, I've been working to find my role with the team, so having them here has made for an easier transition."
It also helps that the Spirit play a possession-oriented style similar to the system that King thrived within at Florida. The 5-foot-9 midfielder's strengths of passing, sticking tackles and winning air balls with her height should lead to more playing time as the season progresses.
Just as important for the team is garnering support for the NWSL during its inaugural campaign. Along with using community events to connect with soccer fans young and old, King said players often wear their Spirit gear during off days to drum up conversation about the league, which currently has eight teams.
When the season ends in August, King will return to the same place it all started: Gainesville. There, she will enroll in Florida's School of Teaching and Learning to pursue her master's degree in education through a one-year program.
"Some players will be going overseas, some have national team obligations and some rookies who left school early for the league are going back to school, so we'll all be busy," King said. "I'm just excited to be a part of the team and have a chance to grow the league and the whole soccer community."
NUMBER CRUNCH: 3
State track titles held by Episcopal junior sprinter Cristeen Anyanwu following her victory in the 100 meters at Saturday's Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association championship.
--Sherwood beat Howard, 17-14, in the Maryland 4A/3A semifinal, becoming the first Montgomery County girls' lacrosse team to win a state tournament game. On the boys' side, South River beat Howard to secure a repeat trip to Wednesday's state final.
--On the other side of the Maryland 4A/3A state lacrosse bracket, Ellie McNulty netted seven goals to lead Broadneck to a victory against Catonsville. In the boys' competition, Westminster beat Churchill in the Maryland 4A/3A state semis for the second straight season.
--National Cathedral used a walk-off RBI single by Ellie Frank to beat Maret, 3-2, in the inaugural DCSAA softball championship.
--The Madison girls' rowing team captured its first Stotesbury Cup title while Gonzaga's boys repeated in Saturday's prestigious regatta in Philadelphia.
--The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys' championship track meet ended in a rare tie, with DeMatha and McNamara each taking a share of the title. Meantime, Elizabeth Seton won its seventh straight WCAC crown in decisive fashion.
--Georgetown Prep cruised to the Interstate Athletic Conference baseball crown, beating Landon, 10-0, in six innings by mercy rule.
--Courtney Colosimo's go-ahead triple lifted River Hill to a 6-5 victory against Mount Hebron in the Maryland 3A East Region softball final.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
St. Stephen's/St. Agnes at Landon, 5 p.m.
Landon looks to repeat as IAC boys' lacrosse champs. The Bears have won their last six games, including a 4-2 win against St. Stephen's/St. Agnes on April 26.
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Photo recap: Glen Burnie defeats Chesapeake in Maryland 4A East final
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Freshman Alyssa Allender hit a three-run home run for Glen Burnie. The victory sends the Gophers to the Maryland 4A state semifinals. This is the first time Glen Burnie has made it to the state semifinals since 1998 when they won the state title.
Glen Burnie freshman Alyssa Allender provided the heroics for the Gophers, connecting with a three-run home run.