Around the Crease: Jan. 24, 2012

Caroline Peters from Good Counsel (Md.) will play for the Ireland Women's National Team in 2012. Courtesy Peters Family/ESPNHS

ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

Look Who's Playing

Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) sophomore attackman Tyler Ruhl has made an impact already for the Greyhounds by starting and contributing on a top 5 team in the country and helping guide Gilman to its second MIAA title in three seasons.

Ruhl, a 2014 graduate, has already announced his intention to play men’s lacrosse for Notre Dame in a few years, but the sophomore has some things to work on before he reaches South Bend.

“Tyler loves lacrosse, and his passion for the game is evident in his intensity and effort on the field,” said Gilman head coach Bruce Matthews. “Tyler is a hard worker in the classroom and on the field, and he has brought his lacrosse game to a high level through the time he puts in to get better. In fact, one of the best aspects of Tyler’s personality is that, despite earning accolades at such a young and impressionable age, he realizes he still has room to improve his game, and he is dedicated to doing just that.”

Ruhl scored 32 goals and had 23 assists last season, but is looking for ways to improve his scoring as Gilman looks to defend its title.

“I would like to work on shooting better with my right hand and moving off ball as well.” Ruhl said.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) junior midfielder Caroline Peters was rated as the No. 6 junior in the nation when ESPNHS released its Top 50 Junior list in the fall.

Now Peters can be considered one of the best players in the world as the junior made the roster for the 2012 Irish Women’s National Team.

“It’s such an honor to play for my heritage and to meet all these other players from all around the world,” Peters said.

Peters is one of three players with American roots on the Irish National Team, but the only one still in high school. Former Stone Hill midfielder Devin O’Leary and UMass assistant coach Sara Walsh are also on the team.

Peters' ties to Ireland stem from her mother’s side of the family where her mom is an Irish citizen and her grandparents still live in Dublin.

Tryouts for the team were held in October and Peters and her father flew to Ireland for the opportunity. It was the first time Peters had ever visited Ireland.

“It was the longest flight I’ve ever been on,” Peters said. “The culture there was so different -- driving on the wrong side of the road took some adjustment.”

Peters will join the National Team one week before the 2012 European Championships in June. While the team will hold practice during the spring, the junior will be helping Good Counsel defend its Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.

The Falcons are expected to be a top 10 POWERADE FAB 50 team to start the season and should compete for the National Championship trophy.

The Irish National team will participate in the 2012 European Championships to be held in Amsterdam in June of this year.

What You Might Have Missed

Top Story: Last week the West underclassmen team was announced for the 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-Star Lacrosse Tournament. The roster features 15 players from California, five from Colorado, two from Nevada and one each from Arizona and Washington.

Top Boy's Commitment: Last week several of the ESPNHS Top 50 juniors made their college decisions public, including Abington (Abington, Pa.) junior defensemen Austin Pifani who will head to Chapel Hill, N.C. to play for the University of North Carolina.

Top Girl's Commitment: The Michigan women's program has added several recruits in the last few weeks, including Towson (Towson, Md.) junior Sara Beach who became the latest player to verbally commit to play lacrosse for the Wolverines.