Around The Crease: Nov. 1, 2011

Maggie Bill from St. Anthony's (South Huntington, N.Y.) at the 2011 Under Armour Underclassmen games. Jimmy Hurlburt/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

Maggie Bill from St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) high school career might have got off to a rocky start, but the junior had a stellar sophomore season and gave a verbal commitment in July to play both lacrosse and soccer for North Carolina.

Bill started as a freshman for the Friars, but suffered an ACL injury. Last season, as a sophomore and coming back from that injury last year, Bill earned ESPNHS All-American honors and was selected by coaches as midfielder of year at St. Anthony’s.

The junior midfielder represented Long Island at the 2011 Under Armour Underclassmen games over the summer.

“She’s an incredible athlete. Speed-wise, footwork-wise she can keep up with anyone. As a freshman she didn’t’ look like a freshman player -- she came in and set the tone,” St. Anthony’s head coach Corinne Lomangino said. “I’ve never seen another midfielder play better midfield defense then Maggie does. She can come in and shut down anybody. She has the ability to slow kids down.”

Going Clubbin’

Team: The Shamrocks Lacrosse club is located New Jersey. The program has seven teams that range from the youth level to high school.

Total Players Committed To College: The Shamrocks report that last year 90 percent of players in the program played college lacrosse on some level. The team expects a large majority of this year’s players to also play college lacrosse.

Top Players You Probably Know: Zack Micciche, Eastern Regional (Voorhees, N.J.), Bryant; Sam Kotler, Cherry Hill East (Cherry Hill, N.J.), St. Joseph's; Alex Haubrich, Eastern Regional (Voorhees, N.J.); Stevens; Joe Donnian, Clearview (Sewell, N.J.), St. Leo University.

Most Recent Travels: The high school teams participated in tournaments such as MVP, Tri-State National, Battle of the Hotbeds and Summer Sizzle.

Team Tryout Information and website: The program recently completed the tryouts for the year. For more information visit the team at www.sjshamrocks.com

The New HotnessTop Story: It should not come as a surprise that our No. 1 story last week was the Top 25 girls’ defenders, which was led by our No. 1 selection: Ally Heavens from Garnet Valley (Glen Mills, Pa.).

Top Commitments: Possibly the biggest commitment last week was Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie, Minn.) junior midfielder Jake Woodring’s verbal to play men's lacrosse for Denver. Woodring, a 2013 graduate, was ranked No. 44 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors list.

For the girls, Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) goalie Brittany Brown’s verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for the University of Virginia garnered the most views of the week.

What’s Happening

November is a busy month for lacrosse players. With fall ball starting and recruiting events starting this week there is sure to be a flurry of activity.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 5 ESPNHS will be at the Philly Lacrosse Showcase at Westtown School (West Chester, Pa.). A full preview of the girls’ event will be posted on Thursday, but the event will showcase 200 girls from 11 states and will have two All-Star games to end the event.