Over the next two days, ESPNHS will release its selections for the ESPNHS All-America Team. Three teams will be included: First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention. Criteria for inclusion in the ESPNHS All-America Lacrosse Team includes, but not limited to: being named a Player-of-the Year, named First Team all-league or being a US Lacrosse All-American and how teams fared during the season. College recruiting status also plays some role in the selection process.
Thirty players were named to the First and Second Teams -- 15 spots awarded to each team. The breakdown consisted of three attackers, midfielders, defenders and one goalie. Five positions were considered open spots, awarded to the best possible players, regardless of position.
Attack: Jen Cook, Sr., McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
Cook was a Baltimore Sun All-Met First team selection and scored 33 goals and 21 assists for the POWERADE FAB 50 National Champions. Cook is a member of the US Lacrosse U-19 team, an Under Armour All-American and will play college lacrosse at Maryland.
Attack: Nicole Graziano, Sr., Mendham (Mendham, N.J.)
The Newark Star Ledger’s Player-of-the-Year, Graziano scored 80 goals and added 12 assists for the No. 21 ranked team in the FAB 50. The Florida-bound attacker was a two-time First Team All-State selection.
Attack: Kerrin Maurer, Sr., St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.)
Maurer was a US Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American in addition to being named All-Long Island First Team by New York Newsday. The Duke signee totaled 98 points on 72 goals and 26 assists last season.
Attack: Brigid Smith, Sr., Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
The Washington Post’s Player-of-the-Year, Smith scored 70 goals and dished out 66 assists for Good Counsel last season. Smith helped lead the Falcons to their eighth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and a No. 6 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50. Smith is a member of the U-19 team and will play in college at Duke.
Attack: Covie Stanwick, Sr., Notre Dame Prep (Baltimore, Md.)
Selected to the Baltimore Sun All-Met First Team, Stanwick was also selected as an Under Armour All-American and a member of the U-19 team. The Blazers star player scored 77 goals and added 52 assists to bring her career totals to 206 goals and 174 assists. Stanwick was ESPN RISE’s No. 1 senior ON THE RISE and will play for Boston College next season.
Midfield: Taylor Cummings, Jr., McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
Just a junior, Cummings was named the Baltimore Sun’s Player-of-the-Year after leading National Champion McDonogh in points (75) and goals (60). Cummings scored five goals in the Eagles IAAM A conference championship win. Cummings is verbally committed to play for the University of Maryland.
Midfield: Brooks Lawler, Sr., McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)
A Baltimore Sun First Team All-Met selection, Lawler was second on the team in goals with 41 last season. The Northwestern signee also tallied 61 ground balls, 47 points, 24 draw controls and caused 10 turnovers. Lawler was named a US Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American this year.
Midfield: Kelly McPartland, Sr., Farmingdale (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
McPartland is a US Lacrosse All-American and a member of the U-19 team in addition to being named to New York Newsday’s All-Long Island First Team. The Maryland commit totaled 87 points last season.
Midfield: Courtney Swan, Sr., Vero Beach (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Swan is a three-time US Lacrosse All-American and was the TCPalm’s Player-of-the-Year. The Virginia commit scored 79 goals and added 45 assists last season, helping Vero Beach to its sixth straight state championship. Swann finished her high school career with 307 goals.
Midfield: Mikaela Rix, Sr., Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
New York Newsday’s Nassau Player-of-the-Year, Rix helped lead Garden City to its sixth straight Class B title. Selected as the No. 3 senior ON THE RISE before the season, Rix tallied 75 points (54 goals, 21 assists) en route to helping the Trojans to an undefeated season and the No. 2 ranking in the POWERADE FAB 50. Rix is committed to Boston College.
Midfield: Shannon Gilroy, Sr., Northport (Northport, N.Y.)
Gilroy led Long Island in scoring - tallying 142 points on 103 goals and 39 assists. The Florida-bound midfielder finishes No. 4 in New York for career goals with 422. Gilroy was a U-19 team selection, but tore her ACL and will likely miss play with the team.
Defense: Barbara Sullivan, Sr., Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
Sullivan was one of Garden City’s top defenders this season and was rewarded by being named to New York Newsday’s All-Long Island First Team. A U-19 team selection, Sullivan added 30 goals this season for Garden City and will play college lacrosse at Notre Dame.
Defense: Megan Marinelli, Sr., Northport (Northport, N.Y.)
Marinelli was named the Class A tournament MVP and helped Northport win the 2011 championship. The US Lacrosse All-American scored 19 goals and added 23 assists for Northport and will play college lacrosse at Georgetown.
Defense: Caileigh Sindall, Sr., Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
The North Carolina commit was widely considered the Washington D.C. area’s top defender and helped lead the Falcons defense to a 7.1 goals against average. Sindall is a member of the U-19 team in addition to being named a US Lacrosse and Under Armour All-American.
Goalie: Kelly Weis, Sr., Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
A four-year starter for a powerhouse program, Weis was named Tournament MVP after helping Garden City to its sixth straight Class B title. The Under Armour All-American will play college lacrosse at Harvard.
Coach of the year Natalie Gaieski, Marriotts Ridge (Marriottsville, Md.)
Gaieski only had three seniors on her 2011 team and lost an April 12 game to state power Mount Hebron (Ellicott City, Md.), but the fifth-year head coach took her Mustang program to the Maryland 3A/2A state championship -- the first for Marriotts Ridge. That loss to Mount Hebron was avenged as part of a playoff run that included a championship win over a Century (Sykesville, Md.) team that had been ranked in the FAB 50 for most of the year. Gaieski was named the Baltimore Sun’s coach of the year and in five seasons, Gaieski has posted a 68-18 record.